This healthy spinach citrus salad combines oranges and grapefruit with a punchy grapefruit and mustard dressing. It is definitely one of the most refreshing salads I've eaten for a long while.
The inspiration for this spinach citrus salad
I was so pleased to find this salad on From Gate to Plate when I was browsing through looking for my Secret Recipe Club pick. I'd had a few busy weeks and I was feeling like I needed to make some healthy choices and this was exactly what I was looking for.
This spinach citrus salad looks quite simple and it is. However, it is packed full of flavour. The spinach leaves go really well with the orange and grapefruit segments and the grapefruit dressing is a revelation!
You MUST try the grapefruit dressing!
I often add lemon or lime juice to salad dressings but I'd never thought to make a grapefruit vinaigrette. Maybe that's because I just don't buy grapefruits as often. That really should change as I think this dressing would go so well on all sorts of salads. You can clearly taste the grapefruit but because of the agave nectar it's not too sharp at all. Even the mustard isn't too strong, despite the fact that I used English mustard rather than Dijon.
How have I adapted this citrus spinach salad?
As I said earlier, I found this recipe on From Gate to Plate but I have adapted it just a little. I used agave nectar in place of honey and I'm sorry to say I completely forgot to add the red onion. I'm sure it would be lovely with just a little onion but it was gorgeous without it too.
What can you serve with a spinach salad?
This spinach salad is really light and makes a great side salad although you can have it as a main meal. I think it goes brilliantly with grilled chicken or grilled halloumi.
From Gate to Plate
From Gate to Plate is written by Lauren, a 20 something country girl with a passion for cooking, farming and animals. She lives and works on a farm and loves the outdoor life. The photography on her blog is absolutely beautiful and I was so tempted by the gorgeous pictures! If you're not already tempted by my pictures of this spinach citrus salad then just pop over to her blog and I can assure you that you will be!
Some of Lauren's recipes that really made me salivate were her Spiked Skillet Peach Pecan and Blueberry Crumble. It's spiked with a little bourbon and I think this dessert would be perfect on a slightly cooler day. I always look at the salads and I love the sound of this Pickled Pasta with Cucumber and Tomatoes. It would be great for easy summer meals and picnics and I always love recipes that can be prepared in advance too. My children love vinegar and I'm wondering if it would be a way to get Little Miss Spice to eat pasta.
This spinach citrus salad is great for kids
This may not at first look like the most child-friendly recipe but Little Miss Spice loved the citrus fruit. What's more, she even ate a few leaves of spinach along with the dressing. Result!
Spinach Citrus Salad with Grapefruit Vinaigrette
- 200 g spinach washed
- 1 grapefruit peeled and cut into segments
- 1 orange peeled and cut into segments
For the Dressing
- ½ grapefruit juiced
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- ½ tsp English mustard or a little more of another variety of mustard
- ½ tsp freshly grated ginger
- 1 tsp agave nectar
- Pinch salt
- Divide the spinach between 4 plates and top with the fruit segments
- Whisk all the dressing ingredients together
- Serve the dressing on the salad.
Are you looking for more healthy salad recipes?
Salads make a great meal all year round. If you love this salad then have a look at the ones I've picked out below. The great thing is that they can be a meal in themselves or just a delicious side dish.
Or this basil, feta and watermelon salad? It's so refreshing!
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