Simple Citrus Almond Salad

Simple Citrus Almond Salad

Course: Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: almonds, lettuce, orange
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 436kcal
Fresh citrus makes this easy salad bright and flavorful -- especially during those drab winter months.  Make it a meal by adding grilled chicken or shrimp -- even tofu!
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for the dressing

  • 1 orange zested
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon white wine or red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

for the salad

  • 2 oranges use the one you zested for the dressing
  • 1/3 cup red onion thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup queso fresco crumbled
  • 1 head Boston bibb lettuce leaves roughly torn
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds toasted
  • 3-4 basil leaves very thin strips, cut in chiffonade
  • 1/2 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.


Calories: 436kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 509mg | Potassium: 457mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 1840IU | Vitamin C: 64mg | Calcium: 213mg | Iron: 1.2mg