Winter Citrus Salad
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Winter Citrus Salad



I've made this dish on Christmas Eve for about the past 10 years. Even before I could convince my kids to eat salad they would devour this one (well, almost. Chloe still eats everything but the arugula as she considers it "too spicy").

This light and healthy Winter Citrus Salad is really bright in color and perfect for the season, featuring a variety of incredible winter fruits like crunchy pomegranate seeds and tangy citrus like cara cara or blood oranges. The past few holidays several family members asked me if the recipe was on weelicious so they could make it themselves. Every year I promised I would add it but mommy brain always sets in and I forget. Well, not this year!

See for yourself why this gets everyone in my family so excited.

This recipe is part of a SURPRISE baby shower for Bev who is having twins! Congratulations, Mama! We all got together to throw her a virtual baby shower, so go ahead and check out the entire menu below!

Bacon Cotija Guacamole from Gaby of What’s Gaby Cooking
Gruyère Gougères from Shaina of Food for My Family
Lemon Risotto Tarts from Kelly of Live Love Pasta
Goat Cheese Crostini with Pesto and Roasted Red Peppers from Liz of The Lemon Bowl
Spinach and Feta Quinoa Bites from Aggie of Aggie's Kitchen
Roasted Red Grape, Brie and Rosemary Flatbread from Laurie of Simply Scratch
The Fastest Appetizer Ever from Brooke of Cheeky Kitchen
Apple Pear Tart - Two Ways from Sarah of Daisy at Home

Chocolate Chai Frappe from Brandy of Nutmeg Nanny
Cherry Chocolate Kiss Smoothie from Amy of Very Culinary
Cranberry Sorbet Bellini - Non-Alcoholic and Alcoholic from Megan of Country Cleaver
Peppermint Mocha Affogato from Christina of Dessert for Two
Toasted Marshmallow Cream Hot Chocolate from Jessica of How Sweet It Is
Pomegranate Lemonade Punch from Heather of Heather Christo

Kale Salad with Pomegranate, Orange and Pine Nuts from Rachel of Rachel Cooks
Pear Cranberry Arugula Salad from Tracy of Shutterbean
Brussels Sprout Salad + maple roasted cranberry dressing from Katie of Yes, I Want Cake
Gluten-Free Pasta Salad from Lisa of With Style and Grace
Hearty Roasted Winter Vegetable Salad with Honey Ginger Dressing from Heather of Heather's Dish
Winter Citrus Salad from Catherine of Weelicious

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Chicken Sausage Pasta from Heidi of FoodieCrush
Eggplant Parmesan Lasagna from Joanne of Fifteen Spatulas
Cheesy Chicken Enchilada 'Double' Stacks from Lauren of Climbing Grier Mountain
Jalapeno Popper Chicken Soup from Kevin of Closet Cooking
Thai Spiced Chicken with Coconut Cream Swiss Chard from Brandi of Bran Apetit
Sausage and Red Pepper Quiche from Tasty Kitchen
Roasted Red Pepper Pasta with Goat Cheese from Julie of The Little Kitchen

Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies from Averie of Averie Cooks
Glazed Dulce de Leche Pound Cake from Meagan of Scarletta Bakes
Mississippi Mud Pie Brownie Ice Cream from Megan of Take a Megabite
Buttermint Frosted Sugar Cookie Cups from Shelly of Cookie and Cups
4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies from Ali of Gimme Some Oven
Sweet Potato Creme Brulee from Brian of A Thought for Food
Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Mint Cookies from Aimée of Simple Bites
Mini Chocolate Stout Cheesecake with Salted Beer Caramel Sauce from Jackie of The Beeroness
Red Velvet Hi Hat Cookies from Kristan of Confessions of a Cookbook Queen
Double Chocolate Panini from Kathy of Panini Happy

Winter Citrus Salad  (serves 4-6)

  • Prep Time: 6 mins,
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I've made this dish on Christmas Eve for about the past 10 years. Even before I could convince my kids to eat salad they would devour this one (well, almost. Chloe still eats everything but the arugula as she considers it "too spicy"). This light and...


  • 16 ounces (1 bag) arugula or mixed greens
  • 2 blood, cars cara and/or navel oranges, peeled and sliced or sectioned
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon 2 blood, cara cara or navel orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil


  1. 1. Place the greens in a large salad bowl. Top with the blood orange slices, pomegranate seeds, almonds, shallots and fennel.
  2. 2. In a small bowl, whisk together the blood orange juice, vinegar and olive oil. Pour over the salad and toss to combine.
Winter Citrus Salad

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  9. HeatherChristo

    December 10, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    This salad is totally beautiful and very Holiday with all of those beautiful colors!

  10. Aggie

    December 10, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    I love that this is part of your Christmas Eve menu. I love salads and this one looks absolutely amazing! Thanks for being part of Bev’s celebration!

  11. Shaina

    December 10, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    I am loving the fennel in here alongside the winter fruits. Gorgeous salad!

  12. Heather || Heather's Dish

    December 10, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    I absolutely love the idea of having a special salad for Christmas Eve! We always did tamales and chili at our house, but my hubby and I are still trying to find out perfect meal. This is definitely part of it!

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  15. Bev @ Bev Cooks

    December 10, 2013 at 9:28 am

    This looks increeeeeedible! Thanks so much for being a part of today’s surprise! xo!

  16. Aimee @ Simple Bites

    December 10, 2013 at 9:19 am

    I might steal this for my Christmas dinner. Looks positively decadent, Catherine!

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    December 10, 2013 at 8:19 am

    What an amazing salad! I need to make this for my family!

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  29. Tab

    February 21, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    I can’t find any blood oranges, so I’m going to use some cara cara oranges. It shouldn’t change the flavors too much right?

    • Tab

      February 21, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      Just saw cara caras in the ingredients, so never mind!

  30. Emily

    January 30, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Looking forward to cooking!

  31. Julia

    January 23, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    I love winter citrus! This looks so refreshing and delicious!

  32. Maryea (Happy Healthy Mama)

    January 23, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    I will be trying this one for sure. Looks like a great combination of flavors! Looking forward to the day my little one will eat salad, too. :-)

  33. Tab

    January 23, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Yum! I definitely be trying this. I’ve been craving and eating salads like crazy this pregnancy, and this one has now made it to the top of the list. Looks like I’m going to the store tonight!

    • Buffee

      February 5, 2014 at 1:12 pm

      Thanks for shigrna. Always good to find a real expert.

    • Tab

      January 23, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      Sorry! Pregnancy brain… I WILL definitely be trying this!

  34. Andrea

    January 23, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Sorry to ask about substitutions, but can I use red wine vinegar by any chance? Thank you! I love all that you do!

    • catherine

      January 23, 2013 at 11:39 am

      I think that would work! It will be a different flavor, but it should be fine. :)

  35. Lisa

    January 23, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Beautiful! Can’t wait to try this!

  36. Maria

    January 23, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Gorgeous salad!