Want a quick and easy green salad with a few extras added in? This simple citrus almond salad is tossed with fresh orange segments and toasted almonds, which elevates this healthy side salad to an interesting addition to any meal.
I confess. This salad has been in a drafts folder since January, when the citrus was just coming into its peak. I made it, photographed it, ate it… and my attention was promptly diverted… Super Bowl? Valentine’s Day? Probably. But that doesn’t mean this simple citrus almond salad doesn’t deserve a little love.
Actually, now is probably the perfect time to share it with you! I mean, the citrus is still really good and bathing suit season is just a little over a month away… Just sayin’. It might do us good to mix in a salad, right? And look — you can learn a new skill — segmenting an orange! It’s not hard, just takes a little practice.
The key is a sharp paring knife. Just cut the peel and pith from the orange by following the natural curve of the fruit. Then slide your knife between each of the segments and lift out the perfect wedge.
Quick side story: We had company visiting from the North and I segmented a bag of oranges to serve them for breakfast during their stay.
One of our guests looked at the fruit and said, “Wow – you’re oranges are different than the ones we get – they’re so much easier to eat.” She had never seen an orange without the membrane on it. LOL!
She loved it so much that she bought several bags to take back North with her and before she left, she made me give a tutorial on how to segment the fruit.
Aside from the tangy, sweet oranges, this simple citrus and almond salad also has crunchy slices of cucumber, a bit of red onion for heat, crunchy toasted almonds, crumbled queso fresco (you can substitute feta, too), fresh basil and a homemade orange vinaigrette.
This light and tasty salad with citrus and almonds would also be excellent with some sliced avocado and/or grilled shrimp for a more substantial meal. Simple, but oh, so tasty!
More green salads you’ll love:
- Persimmon Pomegranate Salad
- Strawberry Spinach Salad
- Pear Pomegranate Salad with Maple Dijon Dressing
- Simple Green Leaf Salad with Shallot Vinaigrette
- Steakhouse Wedge Salad
- Caramelized Pear and Gorgonzola Salad
- Peach and Baby Kale Salad
- Grilled Shrimp Caesar Salad
- Farro Pomegranate and Kale Salad
- Tangy Frisee Salad with Lardons and Poached Egg
Simple Citrus Almond Salad
for the dressing
- 1 orange zested
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup orange juice
- 1 tablespoon white wine or red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon honey
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
for the salad
- 2 oranges use the one you zested for the dressing
- ⅓ cup red onion thinly sliced
- ¾ cup queso fresco crumbled
- 1 head Boston bibb lettuce leaves roughly torn
- ¼ cup sliced almonds toasted
- 3-4 basil leaves very thin strips, cut in chiffonade
- ½ hothouse cucumber sliced
- In a small bowl combine the orange zest, garlic, dijon, olive oil, orange juice, vinegar, honey, salt and pepper. Whisk until emulsified and set aside. (This makes more dressing than you’ll need for this salad. Save any extra for other salads.)
- Segment the orange. Using a sharp knife cut away the peel and pith of the orange exposing the juicy segments. Cut in between the membrane of each of the orange segments and transfer the segments to a small bowl. Set aside.
- Add the lettuce to a large salad bowl. Top with onion, queso fresco, cucumber and orange segments. Add 4-5 tablespoons of dressing and toss the salad. If it needs more dressing, add more a little at a time. Sprinkle the salad with the toasted almonds and fresh basil. Serve.
Oh, and I used crumbled goat cheese, because that’s what I had (and I love it!)
I made this tonite to go with some sautéed, blackened cod. It was absolutely delicious! I will definitely be making this again. I think it was so special that I would (and will soon!) make this for company! The dressing was scrumptious ! ( By the way, you left out the cucumbers in your recipe)
Thanks for the catch, Karen — I’ll fix that oversight! Glad you like the salad — sometimes the simplest things are the best — love the goat cheese addition!
Bella Bucchiotti (xoxoBella) says
This looks so fresh and yummy for summer. I rarely put citrus in my salads, so I need to try this.
I love little pops of citrus in a salad! Hope you enjoy it!
This salad is so bright and delicious! What a wonderful warm weather dish. xo, Catherine
Keith @ How's it Lookin? says
Looks so good. Colorful and healthy, thanks a lot
Definitely healthy, but surprisingly addictive too!
Kaitie Creator of Fuchisa Freezer says
What a great salad! The bright fresh flavours are perfect for spring!!
What a beauty. And I love that dressing. Anything citrus is a go!!
Well, I’m from Florida, so citrus is a given, here!
Everyday Sarah Jane says
This sounds so delicious and I love how quick and easy it is to make!! Thanks for sharing!