Citrus, Strawberry and Avocado Salad

 Citrus, Strawberry and Avocado Salad with Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing - it's bright, fresh, healthy and beautiful - always a winner!

I didn’t want you to think I’d jumped over the deep edge …. I mean, with my Winter White Red Velvet Fudge,  Pink Citrus Granita and Five Sweet Sensations for Your Sweetheart posts all in one week, I didn’t want you to think I’d gone off on a sugar binge, never to return to sensibleness.

Citrus, Strawberry and Avocado Salad with Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing - it's bright, fresh, healthy and beautiful - always a winner!

Nope, not me! After sampling a few too many of the above named Valentine treats (of course, I do it for you, just to be certain it’s blog-worthy, hehe) I was craving something fresh, fun and festive ………… something that would redeem myself in your eyes. I think your faith in me will be restored when you check out this delicious Citrus, Strawberry and Avocado Salad with Strawberry Poppyseed Dressing.

It would be wonderful for lunch, as a first course, or to accompany grilled or roasted chicken, pork, or seafood. It would also be perfect for a romantic Valentine’s dinner. I’m imagining how lovely it would look on a pretty plate served with The Café’s Irish Roasted Salmon. Add some low lights, candles, and classical music and I have a feeling feathery-winged little cherubs will abound…

This recipe can also be seen on PARADE Magazine.

Citrus, Strawberry and Avocado Salad with Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing - it's bright, fresh, healthy and beautiful - always a winner!
 
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Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing

Bright, sweet and fresh, this dressing is a crowd pleaser!

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  • Category: Salad Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 cup diced fresh strawberries
  • ¼ cup lime fresh juice
  • 6 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp sriracha sauce
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp poppy seeds

Instructions

  1. Place all dressing ingredients except canola oil and poppy seeds in a blender container. Process for 1-2 minutes on high or until very smooth.
  2. Transfer to a medium-size bowl. Add canola oil in a slow, steady stream while vigorously stirring with a fork or whisk. Stir in poppy seeds. Taste and add a bit more honey, salt and/or pepper, if needed.
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Citrus, Strawberry and Avocado Salad

A delicious, fresh combination of ingredients!

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  • Category: Salad

Ingredients

  • 6 cups fresh greens (I used arugula and máche)*
  • 1 medium navel oranges, peeled, halved, and sliced
  • 1 medium cara cara orange, peeled, halved, and sliced
  • 1 medium blood orange, peeled, halved, and sliced
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 medium strawberries, thinly sliced
  • 1 small avocado, peeled, halved, and sliced
  • 2 oz goat cheese, crumbled

Instructions

  1. Place greens on a large platter. Top with orange slices, avocado, strawberry slices and red onion rings.
  2. Scatter with goat cheese, then drizzle lightly with dressing. Pass extra dressing in a cruet or small pitcher at the table.

Notes

* Máche is a beautiful, tender green that’s usually only available in the late winter and early spring. It’s sometimes called lamb’s lettuce. I snatch it up whenever I see it because it makes a gorgeous salad. If you can’t find it at your market, arugula will work just fine in this salad, as will baby spinach.

 



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