Citrus and Arugula Salad with Balsamic Dressing
Colder weather means salads with a little more heft and substance. Citrus is at its peak and makes a colorful, juicy crown for a bed of deep green arugula. Accented with a simple balsamic vinaigrette and crunchy walnuts or creamy feta, this salad will appeal to everyone at the table.
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic, pressed
1 pinch dried oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1 large red grapefruit
1 large Cara Cara or navel orange
2 large blood oranges
1 small shallot, thinly sliced
4 oz. arugula
Optional: chopped walnuts or crumbled feta
- First, make the dressing. In a jar or small bowl, combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, oregano and salt and shake or whisk to mix. Reserve.
- Using a sharp knife, cut off both ends of the grapefruit and each orange to expose the flesh and make a flat surface. Place on the flat, cut side and use your knife to pare away the peel and pith, leaving just the flesh of the citrus exposed. Place each trimmed fruit on its side and slice thinly. Remove any seeds and reserve.
- Spread the arugula on a large platter or place in individual bowls. Arrange the citrus rounds on top of the arugula, with the blood oranges on top. Sprinkle with shallots and drizzle with dressing. Add walnuts or feta, if desired. Serve immediately.
Yield: 4 servings