Dark and cold January days need a little sunshine, don’t you think? So let’s make this Winter Sunshine Salad with Citrus Honey Dressing and pretend it’s spring!
It’s the second week of January, and it seems like it’s cold, dark and dreary all the time. I mean, I love the occasional cold evening where I can curl up by the fire in a cozy blanket and sip on a hot cup of tea. But waking up in the dark and leaving work in the dark is definitely beginning to wear on me. And since this is really just the beginning of winter and spring is still over two months away (eek!), I had to do something to add a little sunshine to my life! This Winter Sunshine Salad with Citrus Honey Dressing is bright and colourful, and essentially, sunshine in a bowl!
I first whipped up this salad on New Year’s Day using the fruits and veggies I had left in my fridge from the holidays – spinach, arugula, kale, carrot, celery, tomatoes, clementines, cherries and goat cheese. I was seriously surprised I had so much ‘good’ stuff left in my fridge! And it made me realize how much my fruit and veggie consumption tanked over the holidays.
This salad might seem like a random assortment of fruits and veggies (because it kinda is), but this combo actually works really well together.
But if you don’t like or have some of the ingredients, no problem. That’s what makes this Winter Sunshine Salad so wonderful. You can use whatever greens, fruit and other veggies you have on hand. Just choose ones that you enjoy and bring a smile to your face. (Seriously, that’s why this is a sunshine salad!)
And the other reason I’m not too fussed about the ingredients is that the real star of this salad is actually the Citrus Honey Dressing!
This dressing has just five ingredients – clementines, honey, oil, red wine vinegar and parsley, and is seriously easy to make.
And it’s clean eating. So it’s pretty much the perfect topping for all the greens you’re eating this January!
And speaking of clean eating, greens and January, my challenge to add green fruit and/or veggies to every meal in January continues! I’m actually having a lot of fun with it and finding creative ways to add greens to different recipes. My new favourite breakfast, for instance, involves a combo of overnight oats and a green smoothie….together in one bowl. Be sure to look out for that recipe on the blog soon.
In the meantime, keep eating those greens! I’d love to know what you’re doing this month to creatively add more fruits and vegetables to your meals. Let me know in the comments below or feel free to reach out on Instagram.
Have a great week!Print
Winter Sunshine Salad with Citrus Honey Dressing
Winter Sunshine Salad is a mix of greens, veggies and fruit tossed with a simple Citrus Honey Dressing made with clementines, honey, extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar and parsley. It’s essentially all your favourite fruits and veggies covered in sunshine!
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 2 bowls
- Category: Lunch; Dinner
For the dressing:
- 2 clementines, peeled
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tsp parsley, fresh or freeze-dried
For the salad:
- 1 cup arugula
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 cup kale
- 2 carrots, peeled and julienned
- 2 celery stalks, julienned
- 12 tomatoes, grape or cherry
- 10 cherries, pitted
- 4 clementines, peeled and sliced
- 1/2 cup goat cheese
- To make the dressing: Add all the ingredients to a blender, except the parsley, and blend on high until liquefied and well blended. Add in the parsley and blend for a few seconds. Pour into a dish or mason jar for storing and serving.
- To assemble the salad: Divide all the ingredients into two bowls, drizzle with dressing and sprinkle on a dash of pepper.
- The dressing makes about 1 cup, so you will likely have some leftover. Just store any leftovers in an airtight container or mason jar in the fridge and consume within 2-3 days.
- If you want to add some protein to this salad, you could add chicken, turkey or salmon, or even nuts, seeds, quinoa and chickpeas.