This quick and easy Orange Citrus Salad is great for anytime of year, especially spring and summer. It is so refreshing and made with fresh oranges, grapefruit and creamy avocado on top of mixed greens and dressed with the most amazing orange vinaigrette. Ready in 10 minutes!
This amazing Citrus Salad is so good that I could eat it anytime of year, even in the winter. Right now, I am loving it for spring and probably all of summer. You just cannot go wrong with fresh and bright mixed greens topped with vibrant oranges and grapefruit than layered in with creamy sliced avocado.
Not to mention the orange vinaigrette dressing that really ties the whole thing together. All of the ingredients in this salad are just meant to be, which is a strong indication that it is crazy delicious, which it is.
I topped this salad with crunchy pistachios, a squeeze of lime and some lime zest, salty shredded parmesan cheese and mint leaves. All good things that make this salad pop on the plate and in your mouth.
If you think you are not into fruit on salad than you are way wrong. I used to think that was me until I made this Easy Beet and Goat Cheese Salad, that was insanely amazing and then I was hooked.
Fresh fruit on salad is kind of a go to for me like all the time now. It just adds loads of color and flavor as well as a sweet and tart combination that for some reason really works in almost any salad recipe.
Why you will love this salad recipe
- Quick and easy, can be made in 10 minutes!
- Vegetarian, easily made vegan and gluten free
- Packed with fresh and bright flavors that are great anytime of year
- Loaded with key vitamins and minerals
- It’s so good!!!!
- Great for entertaining!
Citrus Salad Recipe Ingredients
How to make a citrus salad
- Assemble the salad. Layer some of the greens into the bottom of a platter or large salad bowl and top with the segmented oranges and grapefruit and sliced avocado. Layer more greens on top and repeat with the fresh fruit and avocado.
- Mix up the dressing. Add all of the dressing ingredients to a small bowl and whisk well to combine.
- Dress, garnish and serve. Pour the dressing over the salad and lightly toss. Top with a squeeze of lime juice, grated lime zest, crunchy pistachios, salty shredded parmesan cheese and some fresh mint leaves. Serve cold.
- Use a mix of greens. I used a fresh greens mix that had spinach and arugula in it and it was so perfect for this salad. You could also use arugula, kale, spinach or even watercress in this recipe.
- Segment or slice up the fruit. This salad is best if you remove the pith and the white membranes from the fruit before adding it to the salad. I opted to segment the fruit since I think that is the easier way to do it. You can also peel and slice the fruit as well but you will likely still have some of the white membranes on the fruit. Here is a short tutorial on how to segment an orange to help you out.
- Layer. Assembling this citrus salad in layers really ensures that you get a nice bold taste of flavor in each and every bite. Plus it is so pretty!
- Don’t skimp on the toppings. The toppings on this salad really take it to the next level and bring out the incredibly vibrant, sweet and tart falvors. Plus, aren’t salads really all about the toppings? They are for me, lol.
- Serve it cold. This salad is best if eaten cold since the greens are crisp and delicious when they are straight out of the refrigerator. You can chill it for up to 30 minutes before serving, just make sure to add the avocado, dressing and toppings right before you are ready to serve it.
- Make it ahead. Slice up the fruit and make the dressing then store it in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 1 day, then assemble and dress the salad when you are ready to serve it.
- Pair with a main dish like this Healthy Turkey Burger , Air Fryer Eggplant Parmesan , or this Chickpea Flour Pizza.
- Serve it with some yummy side dishes like this Sweet and Spicy Baked Cauliflower, Air Fryer Zucchini Fries, or these Kale and Squash Quinoa Patties.
- Serve it with some extra protein like this Crispy Baked Chicken Breast or these Air Fryer Salmon Patties.
More Simple and Easy Salad Recipes
- Mediterranean Couscous Salad
- Easy Cilantro Lime Chicken Taco Salad
- Crispy Chickpea Kale Caesar Salad
- Easy Kale Salad With Lemon Dressing
- Mix up the fruit. I used ruby red oranges, navel oranges and grapefruit in this recipe. You could also used kiwi, clementines or tangerines.
- Make it vegan. To make this salad vegan, skip the cheese and use maple syrup in the dressing instead of the honey.
- Add in some herbs. You can top this salad with other herbs like fresh cilantro or thyme to add even more flavor.
- Add in some extras. Roasted beets, roasted butternut Squash or sliced red onion would all be great additions to this salad.
Did you try this recipe? If you did then please leave a rating and comment below. I would love to hear how your’s turned out!Print