Citrus Endive Avocado Salad

A light and refreshing grapefruit, tangerine, avocado and endive salad filled with vitamin C and healthy fats.

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As you may have noticed by now I love making salads regardless of the time of year.  And by salad I don’t mean to say a bowl of lonely lettuce leaves served before or alongside a meal as a matter of course, but rather a lively combination of tastes and textures thrown together and tossed with a fresh and flavorful dressing.

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Citrus has been my salad companion of late, its vibrant sweet/tart flavors a much needed respite from heavier winter fare.  Although I use the word “winter” loosely here when the temperatures have been more spring or summer in nature recently.  Regardless of what the weather may be in your part of the world at the moment, citrus fruit are a burst of freshness and sunshine following a season of richness and indulgence.

This particular salad bursting with vitamin C and healthy fats is all about the textures; crisp endive leaves, juicy citrus, creamy avocado, and crunchy almonds are all happily married with a honeyed vinaigrette.  What we have here is your classic grapefruit and avocado pairing updated with juicy sections of tangerines and crunchy fresh endives.  To this you add a honey tangerine vinaigrette, a handful of fresh mint leaves and a sprinkle of salty chopped almonds.

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Sweet, tart, bitter and buttery all at once, this salad is simple to put together but complex in flavors.   The fresh, bright flavors awaken the senses and enliven the palate. Chances are it will be making a frequent appearance at my table while grapefruits and tangerines are at their prime.  Join me, won’t you?

Citrus Endive Avocado Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Serving Size: Serves 4 to 6

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This salad bursting with vitamin C and healthy fats features; crisp endive leaves, juicy citrus, creamy avocado and crunchy almonds dressed with a honeyed vinaigrette.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon raw orange blossom honey (or any other fragrant honey, for vegan substitute the liquid sweeter of your choice or omit)
  • 2 Tablespoons/30ml freshly squeezed tangerine juice
  • 1 Tablespoon/15mlwhite wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup/60ml extra virgin olive oil (or avocado oil )
  • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan or sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 small ripe Hass avocados
  • 1 large red grapefruit
  • 2 medium tangerines (plus more for juice for the vinaigrette)
  • 4 medium endives, trimmed, leaves separated
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup/28g roasted almonds , chopped

Instructions

  1. Place the honey, tangerine juice, salt, and pepper in a small bowl . Slowly whisk in the oil until emulsified.
  2. Cut the avocados in 1/2, removing the seed and carefully cut each half into thick slices in the shell. Carefully peel the shell and remove the slices.
  3. Toss the avocado slices in the vinaigrette to prevent them from browning while you prepare the rest of the salad.
  4. Using a sharp knife , peel the grapefruit and tangerines removing all the white pith, then cut into segments by cutting between the membranes to release the wedges or cut crosswise into rounds.
  5. Arrange the avocado slices, endive leaves and citrus segments on a large platter. Spoon the remaining vinaigrette on top, sprinkling with the chopped mint, chopped almonds and additional salt and pepper to taste if desired.

Notes

Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Vegetarian, Paleo, For Vegan (substitute maple syrup for the honey)

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  1. says

    I am in love with that top photo, nearly as in love with it as I am with the citrus and avocado combination. I can’t get enough grapefruit these days.

  2. says

    Avos and citrus are divine together and I love that you used orange blossom honey and tangerine juice in your dressing and topped this beautiful and bright salad with crunchy chopped toasted almonds. The perfect winter pick me up!

  3. says

    I never needed a season for salad or soup, although both kind of has their own time of the year! This sounds absolutely refreshing and love how clean it looks.

  4. says

    I have the same preference for salads with you, but only difference is that you have a special eye for beautiful presentation of simple salad! I wish my plate of salad looks this pretty. Really, gorgeous. I love using citrus in cooking, and this salad makes me happy!

  5. says

    Citrus is so great this time of year, I love loading up my fridge with them! This salad just caught my eye! It’s so lovely and looks so refreshing. I love that you’ve combined some buttery avocado with the tart citrus and crisp endive. Pinning now!