Basil-Mint Citrus Salad

Basil-Mint Citrus Salad

Most salad ingredients may not be in season, but citrus fruits are bountiful and extra sweet at this time of year. This winter citrus salad is the perfect plate to chase away any blues. I call it a winter salad, but a basil-mint citrus salad would be a light and fresh delight year-round.

Something about the way the sweet, tangy citrus interacts with the more earthy and complex dressing makes this salad a winner. It would be great as an appetizer at a dinner party, a treat at a baby shower, or as a light dinner on nights when you don’t have the energy to make anything else. I love recipes that give a lot of flavor for very little time, and basil-mint citrus salad is definitely one of those recipes. I hope you love it!

Note that this salad serves two people, but it doubles beautifully.

Ingredients

  • 2 Cara Cara oranges
  • 1-2 grapefruit
  • 1 pomelo (optional, if hard to find near you)
  • 1 lime (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped basil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped mint
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

Begin by peeling each fruit and removing as much of the bitter pith as you can. (I recommend just slicing most of it off, but I am not a patient person.) Slice each fruit into thin wheels and arrange on each plate.

Make the dressing by mixing together the lime juice, honey, olive oil, basil, mint, and salt. Adjust seasoning to taste, and drizzle a healthy amount of dressing over each plated salad. Enjoy!



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