Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Winter Citrus Avocado Salad

You know the days, the ones where you look outside the window, and it is grey and you can just see the cold sleet and snow coming down.  The ones when you don't feel like venturing out of doors to get to your car to drive home from work because it is icky and damp.  Yesterday was one of those.  Don't get me wrong, it didn't put me in a bad mood, in fact I was in a rather good one.  It just made me think about making something for dinner last night which would bring some cheer and sunshine to a sort of ugly weather day.  I knew that once I got home and was in my jammies I wouldn't be looking out the windows much anyhow. 

So I spent the last half hour at work yesterday daydreaming about what I could make with what I had on hand at home later that night.  Citrus!!!  Yes, citrus makes me happy, and it is so beautifully colored how could anyone not be in a better mood eating it?!  I had grapefruits, oranges, limes, kumquats, and I wanted to include them all!  I wanted to add a little richness as well without adding cheese so an avocado sounded perfect, as well as some toasted almonds for crunch! 

For more bulk in the salad some baby spinach would do, as I love it with citrus fruit.  It was going to be beautiful I could picture it before it was even made!  Lastly, I thought a slightly sweet citrus poppyseed dressing would be lovely! 

Once I finally made it and was getting ready to dive in I had forgotten all about the gross weather outside.  It looked like sunshine on a plate, and tasted like it too!  Bright and citrusy slightly tart a little sweet and the buttery avocados and crunchy almonds were perfect with the fruit!  I will not wait for a dreary day to make it again, but it does make them go away if you don't go outside.  If you would like to make it for yourself, here is the recipe!

Winter Citrus Avocado Salad
Serves 2

1 large grapefruit, cut into supremes
1 large orange, cut into supremes
8 organic kumquats, sliced thinly
1 large avocado, sliced
2 large handfuls baby spinach
1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds

1 Tbsp avocado oil
2 Tbsp lime juice
zest of one lime
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp agave nectar
2 tsp poppyseeds
sea salt to taste

Combine grapefruit, orange, kumquats, avocados, and spinach in a large bowl.  Whisk dressing together in a smaller bowl, and toss well with salad.  Divide between serving plates and top with toasted almonds!


  1. That salad look so good. I love citrus dressings on salad!

  2. Spring is in the air, here in Florida and this is a perect salad, winter or spring. Love the viniagrette too. Hope it warms up for you soon.

  3. If I did not know better, I would say this was made just for me! I love citrus in salads, especially with baby spinach. This does look amazing and thanks for making something perfect for my tastes. Enjoy the day Amy!

  4. Fabulous, Amy! I just ate a red grapefruit and it would have been marvelous with all your salad ingredients :)

  5. Wow, what a gorgeous salad! I love the kumquats but usually can't take grapefruit - does the agave nectar help make it less bitter? :)

  6. Beautiful winter salad with all the goodies I love!

  7. Acidity with avocados is always so good. I'll have to try using other citrus instead of my usual lemons and limes. Thanks!

  8. This makes the return of winter bearable.

  9. Another gorgeous, fresh dish from you! I love it. Avocado + grapefruit = love for me.

  10. YUM! Love this. And it gives me an excuse to try out kumquats for the first time!

  11. I love anything that avocado is involved in! This salad with the citrus sounds delicious!

  12. Citrus makes me happy too. I'm happiest when I'm zesting orange or lemons... I dunno why. I love your citrus salad and your lemon/lime vinaigrette will keep me happy for days!