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Although this salad doesn’t highlight local ingredients (for those of us in the northeast), it is a great way to beat the winter blues. To turn it into a meal, try adding some chopped avocado and putting it over a bed of farro. Happy New Year everyone!

From Food and Wine, December 2012 (makes 8 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 6 oranges
  • 2 red grapefruits
  • 2 limes
  • 1 large shallot, very thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup crème fraîche or sour cream (I used Vermont Creamery’s crème fraîche)
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • Salt

Directions:

  1. Using a sharp knife, carefully peel the oranges, red grapefruits and limes, removing all of the bitter white pith. Working over a small bowl to catch the juices from the fruit, cut in between the membranes to release the sections. Cut the lime and grapefruit sections into thirds and leave the orange sections whole. Transfer all of the citrus to a serving bowl and add the sliced shallot and chopped parsley. Reserve the citrus juice for another use.
  2. In another small bowl, whisk the lemon zest with the lemon juice, crème fraîche, maple syrup and poppy seeds. Season the dressing lightly with salt. Pour the dressing over the fruit, toss the salad gently and serve right away.

This salad is a slightly different take on Rick Bayless’ version in Mexican Everyday

The Salad:

  • 1 jicama, peeled and cut into sticks (use a paring knife rather than a vegetable peeler)
  • 2 avocados, cut into 1 inch pieces (Here are tips on how to cut an avocado)
  • 1 medium bunch watercress, large lower stems broken off (You can substitute arugula)
  • 4 large romaine leaves, cut cross-wise into 1/4 inch slices

The Dressing:

  • 3/4 cup oil (I used a combination of vegetable and olive oil)
  • 1/3 cup  fresh lime juice
  • A few squeezes of fresh orange juice (I used navel oranges)
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 1/2 cup roughly packed cilantro
  • 2 serrano chiles (or 1 jalapeno) stemmed and roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Combine all the dressing ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a jar and secure the lid.
  2. In a large bowl, combine salad ingredients. Give the dressing another shake to make sure it is combined. Drizzle about 1/3 cup of the dressing on the vegetables. (Save the rest of the dressing in the fridge for another salad). Toss to combine.
  3. Taste and add more salt if you think necessary. Serve immediately.
Variations: You can add toasted pine nuts, diced mango or goat cheese.