Mixed Citrus Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette




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Mixed Citrus Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette ~ the perfect salad to throw together when life gives you lemons…and oranges, and tangerines, and grapefruit…

It was a celebration of citrus at the farmer’s market this weekend.  All the stalls had their citrus out for tasting—.there were big chunks of Pummelo, little Mandarin sections, Tangelos, Navels, Satsumas, Blood Oranges, Clementines, Cava Cava, and several types of grapefruit including the pale Oro Blanco, Ruby Red, and Pink.

They aren’t much to look at on the outside, but when you slice into them they reveal their jeweled splendor.  After all the rich holiday food I’m ready for some lip puckering citrus.

You’re going to want to have some of this Lemon Vinaigrette on hand for other things besides dressing a great citrus salad.  You can drizzle it on green beans or cold shrimp, use it as a marinade, or brush it on chicken or fish before cooking.

The dressing can be made with any citrus you like.  For this classic Lemon Vinaigrette:  Take your prettiest recycled jar, in this case it’s a Bon Maman jam jar, and pour in 1/2 cup of good olive oil.  Follow by about 1/4 cup white wine or champagne vinegar.  Add the juice and zest of a lemon, a finely minced shallot, salt and pepper.  Give it a good shake.  Now taste it and adjust it as you like, if it’s not tangy enough add a little more vinegar or lemon.

Pile fresh baby greens on a big platter and top with as many different kinds of citrus sections as you can lay your hands on.  Sprinkle with salt and fresh cracked pepper, then drizzle with the vinaigrette.

Here’s to a great week!

 

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    Tricia @ saving room for dessert
    January 8, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    I want to use your photos for a screen saver. I can actually smell the fresh bright citrus. Beautiful post and your photo perspective is amazing!

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    Magnolia Verandah
    January 8, 2013 at 12:55 am

    This dressing is perfect at the moment to adorn the daily crisp salads I am consuming not only to lose a pounds but because the days are just so hot. This is the little citrusy bite my salads need.

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    Eileen
    January 7, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    This salad looks so good! Now I know something new to do with the oranges growing in our backyard…

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      Sue/the view from great island
      January 7, 2013 at 11:54 pm

      Lucky you! I have two orange trees, but they’re sickly and I haven’t seen one orange yet this season from either of them!

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    Eat Live Love
    January 7, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    What a beautiful salad! I am sure it tasted amazing!!!

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    l o v e l y t h i n g s
    January 8, 2013 at 3:18 am

    This is one of my favorite vinaigrettes and I make it often…but not with all that fresh citrus that you have so readily available in LA. Your salad looks so beautiful.

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    Mary Younkin
    January 8, 2013 at 2:26 am

    Your citrus looks fantastic! I had one of those ginormous Chinese grapefruits last year as well and could not believe how thick the peel was. Gorgeous colors and the salad sounds delicious.

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    DaniBP
    January 7, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    These are beautiful photos. I bought some meyer lemons today, planning to throw together a lemon tart, now I want to make this salad as well. It would be lovely with some roasted salmon!
    Thanks Sue for always inspiring me,
    xo!

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      Sue/the view from great island
      January 7, 2013 at 11:53 pm

      Thanks, Dani, I think the lemon tart sounds wonderful, too. Wouldn’t it be fun to do an entire mid winter meal focusing on citrus!

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    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    January 7, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    This makes me crave citrus super bad – beautiful!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    January 7, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    I’m kicking myself that I havent been to a local market to stock on on local citrus b/c Ive been craving it. And that salad looks alot better for me than the lemon bars I want to make :)

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      Sue/the view from great island
      January 7, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      Oooh, lemon bars, wish we were neighbors, I could give you a little salad in exchange for one or two lemon bars!

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    thyme Sarah
    January 7, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    That citrus salad looks so delicious right now. I really haven’t eaten anything besides crackers for days now. I am starting to crave fruits, vegetables and MEAT!

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