Arugula and Citrus Salad

As a nutrition student, I’m required to take an intro cooking class.  I’m not going to lie, it’s kind of awesome.  Even though I can’t eat most of the things we make in class (why does everything have to have chicken stock in it?!), the chef makes a point to put at least one vegetarian thing on the table during our “family meals” at the end of each class.

A few fellow nutrition students are in this class with me, and we’ve discussed how there are so many things we make that we would never tell our future clients to eat.  Everything we cook seems to be loaded up with butter, cream, and salt.  But the other week my friend and I were tasked with making a simple and delicious salad.  In fact, I liked it so much that I made it again just a few days later, with my own adjustments, of course.  It was perfect for a lunch outside with friends on a beautiful, sunny spring days.

This salad is both beautiful and flavorful.  It’s full of citrus, it has a bit of a kick from kalamata olives, and nice peppery crunch from the arugula underneath.  While I normally like my salads full of everything and tossed together in a hodgepodge of vegetable goodness, there is something very elegant (if time consuming) about a composed salad.  All the individual components can be prepped up to a day in advance, and put together on a plate just before serving.

Arugula and Citrus Salad

Adapted from On Cooking, serves 4-6

Ingredients:
2-3 cups arugula, enough to cover the bottom of the serving platter
2 navel oranges
2 medium grapefruit
1/4 red onion, sliced thinly
1/3 cup kalamata olives, chopped
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/3 cup citrus juice, collected (directions below)
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Peel and section the oranges and grapefruit.  Cut each section in half and collect all the pieces in a bowl and let it sit for a few minutes.  Drain out the excess liquid that accumulates.  Set aside 1/3 a cup of this liquid to use in the dressing.  Feel free to drink the rest (who doesn’t love fresh squeezed orange and grapefruit juice?).

2. Combine the reserved juice with the vinegar, garlic, and olive oil in a small jar or container and mix to combine.  Add salt and pepper to taste and set aside until the salad is ready to serve.

3. When you’re ready to serve, place the arugula down on a large serving plate.  Add the grapefruit and orange segments on top of the leaves, then scatter the slices of onion, chopped olives, and sliced almonds on top.  Finally, pour the dressing over the salad and serve immediately.

Enjoy!

3 Responses to Arugula and Citrus Salad

  1. Leora says:

    I kinda want this right now….

  2. i love adding fruits to salad! this looks so amazing!

  3. That salad looks incredible and the oranges and grapefruit have beautiful color. I bet the sweetness from the fruit and the peppery-ness from the arugula paired really well. Great job 🙂

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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