What's in Season in March

Spring is right around the corner, so what better way to celebrate the season than with a vibrant garden salad. One of my all-time favorites is a citrus salad showcasing the beautiful colors of blood oranges, kumquats, and grapefruit - it just looks cheerful!

You can certainly add other produce to enhance the sweetness of the citrus fruits, and for ideas, check out our March seasonal list below (Source: Southland Farmers’ Market Association).

  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Citrus (Blood Oranges, Grapefruits, Kumquats, Lemons, Navel Oranges, Tangelos/Tangerines)
  • Collards
  • Dates, Medjool
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce
  • Mushroom
  • Mustard
  • Onion, Green
  • Passion Fruit
  • Peas, Green
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Turnips

 

Citrus Salad

From The Chew

 

Ingredients

For the Vinaigrette:

  • 1 orange (half zested and reserved, other half for grilling)
  • 1 small shallot (minced)
  • 1/2 grapefruit
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1 teaspoon ginger (grated)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary (finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon tarragon leaves (finely chopped)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper (to taste)

For the Salad:

  • 1 Navel orange (peeled and segmented, juice reserved)
  • 1 Ruby Red grapefruit (peeled and segmented, juices reserved)
  • 1 avocado (peeled, pitted, and sliced)
  • 1/4 cup red onion (shaved)
  • 1 box baby mixed greens (5 ounces)
  • 2 cups baby kale
  • 1/4 cup pecans (toasted, chopped)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper (to taste)

Directions

For Vinaigrette: Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Place citrus on the grill and allow to cook until charred, about 2 minutes. Allow to cool.

In a medium bowl, mix together the shallots, orange zest, juice from grilled and halved orange, grapefruit and lime, ginger, Dijon, rosemary, and tarragon. Once the ingredients are fully combined, slowly drizzle in the olive oil while whisking until all the oil is combined and the mixture is homogenous. Season with Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste and set aside.

For the Salad: To segment the citrus, use a paring knife to remove the peel of the fruits. Working over a medium bowl to collect any juices, cut along the inside of the membrane to separate the segments and reserve the segments in a separate medium bowl.

To the medium bowl with the citrus fruits, add the avocado and red onion. Toss with the reserved citrus juices after segmenting season with Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper and set aside.

In a large bowl, mix the baby mix greens and baby kale. Drizzle the remaining dressing around the rim of the bowl and toss the greens until lightly coated. Season again with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.

To serve, divide greens between 4 plates. Top each plate of greens with citrus and avocado mixture. Top each plate with the pecans and additional dressing if desired.

To toast the nuts: In a small dry saute pan, add the nuts and cook until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Remove and allow to cool.