This Winter Citrus Salad is the perfect winter salad to go with almost any meal. The tangy citrus vinaigrette, paired with salty feta, sweet figs, roasted pistachios and fresh greens will instantly make you feel like you have your life together.
Want more to love? This recipe is grain and gluten-free, and can be made paleo or vegan.
Can you eat salad in the winter?
Why yes, you certainly can eat salads in the winter! In the winter citrus is king!
Lemons, oranges, and grapefruits are all in season during the winter. Featuring a variety of incredible winter fruits like tasty figs and tangy citrus like grapefruit or navel oranges, this winter salad is a perfect addition to any dinner table.
RELATED: Pear Salad with Gorgonzola Dressing
Winter Salad Ingredients
Making salads in the winter requires seasonal fruits and vegetables.
To make the winter salad you will need:
- Mixed salad greens
- Naval oranges
- Crumbled feta cheese
- Dried figs, diced
- Roasted pistachios
To make the citrus salad dressing you will need
- Olive oil
- Orange juice
- Rice vinegar
- Honey (or maple syrup)
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
For the full list of ingredients, and the printable recipe, be sure to check out the recipe card below.
How to make a citrus winter salad
Step 1: Place the salad greens into a large serving bowl or individual bowls. Top the greens with the grapefruit, oranges, feta cheese, figs, and pistachios.
Step2: In a small jar or bowl, add the ingredients for the dressing. Seal and shake or whisk until well combined.
Step 3: Prior serving, drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss to coat.
Make this Winter Citrus Salad, then check out my Montreal Steak Salad with Pears, Cranberries and Honey Mustard Dressing, Pear Salad with Gorgonzola Dressing, and Pomegranate and Apple Green Christmas Salad and more of my Winter salad recipes.
TIPS AND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Read on for tips and substitution ideas, how to make this recipe vegan, and how to store this salad.
While this is the complete opposite of vegan, this salad is also very tasty with cooked bacon :).
How to make this salad vegan
- Use maple syrup instead of honey in the dressing
- Instead of feta cheese, use Tofu cheese. Tofu makes a fantastic vegan substitute for feta cheese, offering a low fat, high protein alternative that’s as healthy as it is delicious.
How to store this salad
The citrus salad dressing can be stored in an air-tight container such as a mason jar for up to 5 days. The salad unfortunately should only be assembled just prior to serving as it does not keep well once the dressing is on it. You can prep the ingredients ahead of time and keep them in separate containers.
Other winter salads to try
- Marinated Carrot Salad (Copper Pennies) – This classic make-ahead salad can be served as either a side dish or a salad and is perfect for any occasion.
- Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad – This salad is the perfect side salad for lunch, fall and the holidays. Serve cold, and enjoy!
- Pear Salad with Gorgonzola Dressing – Pear slices, honey roasted pecans, pomegranate seeds, red onion, leftover turkey and the gorgonzola dressing makes it over the top delicious!
- Montreal Steak Salad with Pears, Cranberries and Honey Mustard Dressing – A high protein steak salad with a simple, homemade honey mustard salad dressing that takes just minutes to make using pantry staples you likely already have on hand.
If you’re looking for an easy winter salad then look no further because I’ve got a DELICIOUS recipe for you!
Classic Italian dish of Panzanella Salad (aka Tuscan Bread Salad), a refreshing summer salad made with juicy tomatoes, crusty bread, and a simple vinaigrette.
For the winter salad:
- 1 (5 ounce) package mixed salad greens
- 1 grapefruit, peeled and sectioned
- 2 naval oranges, peeled and sectioned
- ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
- ¼ cup dried figs, diced
- ¼ cup roasted pistachios
For the citrus dressing:
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon orange juice
- 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon honey
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Place the salad greens into a large serving bowl or individual bowls. Top the greens with the grapefruit, oranges, feta cheese, figs, and pistachios.
- In a small jar or bowl, add the ingredients for the dressing. Seal and shake or whisk until well combined.
- Prior to serving, drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss to coat.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 225Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 274mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 5gSugar: 18gProtein: 5g
The provided nutrition information is an estimate and it does not take brands into account. I use an automatic API to calculate this information.
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