Winter Salad with a citrus vinaigrette

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 I am a huge lover of all things salad however if there isn’t “real” ingredients in my salad I then I will kindly pass. I like my salads to be hearty, full of flavor and have a variety of textures. I also like salads that have more components to them than just lettuce leaves and salads that do not leave me hungry again after an hour has passed.

I threw this salad together for a light meal and not only did it meet all of my salad credentials it filled me up! I made a nice citrus vinegarette to go along with it and it really came out Delicious. Even my husband was impressed :) (AND,he is pickier than I am….) This is defiantly ones of my new faves for a light meal!

 Winter Salad with a citrus vinaigrette

For the salad:

1 BIG handful of 50/50 mix ( I used Organic Girl spring mix/baby spinach mix)

2 tbsp of pomegranate arils (seeds)

1/2 of 1 pear, sliced thin ( any type works)

1 tbsp of toasted pecan halves

1/2 ripe avocado, sliced

cucumber very thinly sliced

a few (or a lot) thin slices of red onion

Croutons

Gorgonzola cheese

For the citrus vinaigrette:(barefoot contessa)

1/2 teaspoons minced garlic

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

2 tablespoons lemon juice (I used 1 tbsp of lemon juice & 1 tbsp of clementine juice

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1 teaspoon agave nectar ( or white sugar)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper

To make the dressing, combine the white wine vinegar, lemon juice , mustard, lemon zest, sugar or agave nectar, salt, pepper, and  garlic in a medium mixing bowl. Whisk to blend. Gradually add the remaining 2/3 cup of olive oil in a remaining thin stream, whisking constantly until well blended and smooth. Set aside.

In a large bowl add the greens, red onion, cucumber, pecans,pears and avocado. Add enough dressing to coat all of the salad nicely and toss gently.

Place the salad on a plate and top with croutons, pomegranate arils and gorganzola cheese. Serve immediately.

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3 Responses “Winter Salad with a citrus vinaigrette”

  1. marla January 9, 2012 11:50 am #

    LOVE the winter salad recipe :)

  2. simplylovefood January 9, 2012 12:55 pm #

    Thx Marla!!!! It was soooooooooo good & refreshing!

  3. Honeybee Harlie April 24, 2012 5:07 am #

    In my original place, we have those small juicy alter for lemon juice we call calamansi, it gives more aroma and enough sourness for the salad dressing. Salads are healthy and kept me sexy. thanks

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