Easy Citrus Salad

A bold, beautiful and delicious citrus salad is made with a few basic ingredients including a homemade pomegranate dressing. This recipe is packed with Vitamin C and tastes amazing!

a white plate with citrus salad on top garnished with pomegranate seeds and fresh mint

This salad is always a favorite. It’s bold, beautiful and so easy to make. It combines some of the best winter fruit with a fresh homemade dressing. Slice a mixture of fresh citrus, whisk together a simple vinaigrette and enjoy a delicious salad ready in less than 15 minutes!

Ingredients You Need

ingredients for citrus salad on a white countertop
  • Citrus: Use a combination of colors and flavors. Clementines, Minneola oranges, Cara Cara oranges, tangelos, grapefruit and blood oranges are great choices.
  • Fresh Mint: Adds a beautiful garnish and fresh flavor.
  • Pomegranate Arils: These add fresh flavor and crunch to the salad. You can omit, if desired, or substitute with sliced almonds or another type of nut.
  • Pomegranate Juice: Pairs well with the winter citrus. Use fresh or bottled juice.
  • Olive Oil: You can substitute with avocado oil.
  • Red Wine Vinegar: You can substitute with apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar.
  • Honey: This slightly sweetens the dressing, but you can omit if desired.
slices of orange on a cutting board

Steps to Make Citrus Salad

Slicing Citrus

You can slice the citrus into wheels or wedges. First, cut off the peel on the citrus, removing as much of the pith as possible. The best way to do this is to use a knife to cut off the top and bottom of the peel. Then, cut off the peel top to bottom, working your way around the edges until all of the peel is gone.

The citrus in these photos are cut into wheels.

slices of citrus sitting in a glass bowl with a bowl of dressing on the side

Pomegranate Dressing

This recipe uses a simple pomegranate dressing. Since citrus salad is made with winter citrus, a pomegranate dressing is the perfect complement.

To make the dressing, whisk together olive oil, fresh pomegranate juice, red wine vinegar, honey and a splash of lemon juice. You can substitute the pomegranate juice for fresh orange juice if you want to add more citrus flavor.

citrus salad mixed together

Other Topping Ideas

While this salad tastes great with a few simple ingredients, you can add some of your other favorite salad toppings if desired.

  • Nuts: sliced almonds, walnuts, pecans or pine nuts
  • Onion: Top with thinly sliced red onion.
  • Avocado: Sliced avocado is another great addition to this salad.
  • Greens: Serve the salad over a fresh bed of greens such as kale or mixed greens.
  • Cheese: Add a crumble of goat cheese or some freshly shaved Parmesan.
  • Fresh Herbs: Instead of mint, garnish with fresh tarragon or basil.
citrus salad on top of a plate with dressing poured over it

Look no further for the perfect winter salad. This citrus salad is fresh, vibrant and packed with flavor. It’s a simple yet stunning addition to your menu!

Other Citrus Recipes

a white plate with citrus salad on top garnished with pomegranate seeds and fresh mint

Citrus Salad

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
An easy citrus salad that is packed with plenty of Vitamin C and tastes delicious!
5 from 2 votes

Ingredients 

  • 2 large oranges
  • 1 large pink grapefruit
  • 1 medium blood orange
  • Kosher salt

For the Vinaigrette:

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons pomegranate juice
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • Splash lemon juice, to taste
  • Fresh mint leaves, for garnish
  • Pomegranate arils, for garnish

Instructions

  • Peel citrus, removing as much pith as possible, and slice into wheels. Remove any pits, layer fruit on a serving dish, sprinkle with a bit of salt to taste.
  • Whisk together olive oil, pomegranate juice, vinegar, honey, and lemon juice until well combined; taste, adjust seasoning as needed and drizzle over salad.
  • Garnish salad with pomegranate seeds and fresh mint.

Notes

SUBSITUTIONS
  • Citrus: Use a combination of colors and flavors. Clementines, Mineola oranges, Cara Cara oranges, tangelos, grapefruit and blood oranges are great choices.
  • Pomegranate Arils: These add fresh flavor and crunch to the salad. You can omit, if desired, or substitute with sliced almonds for another type of nut.
  • Olive Oil: You can substitute with avocado oil.
  • Red Wine Vinegar: You can substitute with apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar. These might alter the flavor slightly.
  • Honey: This slightly sweetens the dressing, but you can omit if desired.
STORAGE
  • Store any leftover salad in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 0g, Calories: 292kcal, Carbohydrates: 40g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 293mg, Potassium: 586mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 28g, Vitamin A: 1860IU, Vitamin C: 115.6mg, Calcium: 119mg, Iron: 0.8mg
    Course: Salad
    Cuisine: American
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    2 comments on “Easy Citrus Salad”

    1. I absolutely love the combination of mint, pomegranate and citrus in this recipe. It tastes so good, and it’s so pretty. I got so many compliments when I made this for lunch!

    2. This salad was so fresh and delicious. Will be making it again soon!

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