The Best Citrus Salad You’ll Ever Have

Today is officially the first day of spring! Even though it’s still freezing outside, at least we know daffodils and sunshine are around the corner, right? (Right?!) To help welcome those breezy spring days, Erin Gleeson of The Forest Feast is sharing her recipe for citrus salad, which would be perfect for a picnic…

The Best Citrus Salad You’ll Ever Have
by Erin Gleeson of The Forest Feast

I love this dish because it’s a great mix of sweet and savory—plus it’s so colorful! The juice from the citrus creates its own dressing with the olive oil and herbs. This dish is great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Enjoy!

Recipe: Citrus Salad with Mint, Basil and Red Onion
Serves 4

You’ll need:

2 oranges (If you can find blood oranges or Cara Cara oranges, these are fun and colorful to use, as well)
2 clementines
A few sprigs each of mint and basil
1 small red onion
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
A pinch of coarse sea salt

Peel all the citrus and slice them into 1/4-inch rounds. Layer the citrus on a platter (or on four separate plates), alternating different types. Chop the mint and basil and sprinkle about. Peel and very thinly slice the red onion into circles and disperse on top. Drizzle olive oil (at least 2 tablespoons) over the dish, plus a pinch or two of sea salt.

YUM! Thank you, Erin!

P.S. More best recipes, including avocado salad and panzanella.

(Photos and illustrations by Erin Gleeson of The Forest Feast. The Forest Feast Cookbook will be published Spring 2014 by Stewart, Tabori & Chang, an imprint of Abrams. Thanks to Shoko for helping with this series.)

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  2. This looks great and very healthy — plus, I LOVE red onions!

  3. This looks great! I wish I always remembered to slice citrus that way for salads. It looks so much lovelier than just sectioned.

  4. This looks awesome!!! I work at a country club and the chef made something like this! She added pecans and it was to die for. But it looks so yummy in that picture!

  5. I love citrus salads for a nice pick-me-up especially when winter seems to go on longer than it should.

    I like to add kalamata olives to mine. Also, to cut the bite from the red onions, I’ll soak them in ice water for about 5 minutes.

  6. That looks delicious! But I’m still with the soup mode on. In the North of germany, where I live, the weather is… well, let’s say that it’s still Winter. I hope that the day or two in mid June that can be considered Spring we will be able to run to the park and celebrate with a picnic!

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  8. Looks great! I will say that I’m a bit disappointed the series has strayed away from the classics; I liked the notion of a “best-of-the-best” recipes for those tried and true dishes (Mac & Cheese, Chocolate Chip Cookies, etc).

    I love the Forest Feast’s recipe posts, though! A-maze.

  9. That looks totally delicious…and like I probably couldn’t screw it up. I suppose I’ll have to try it! Happy first day of spring from the middle of a blizzard in MN!

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  11. Thanks, everyone! Happy Spring!! xox

  12. I would have NEVER thought to include red onion! But it seems a shame to leave such a beautiful addition out. So pretty!

    Take care,

  13. Well if it’s not the tastiest, it’s definitely the prettiest. Although I’m sure it’s tasty too ;)

  14. This looks delicious! I wouldn’t have thought to put onions and citrus together. Might have to make this for my bbq I’m throwing this weekend.

  15. sounds downright A-MAZING!

  16. fresh citrus is a favorite of mine this time of year! thanks for the intro to erin’s blog and art work. her photographs and illustrations are delicious!

  17. I do a similar version with avocado – and then a little Trader Joe’s citrus vinaigrette on top. Yum!

  18. Oh, this looks so pretty! I would never think to combine those ingredients, but thinking about it, it sounds perfect for a spring or summer picnic! Definitely going to try it… now for the weather to actually warm up enough for a picnic!

  19. Jo…the recipes you present are so yummy! I have tried several and haven’t been disappointed! Thanks!

  20. Happy Spring! Love the idea of serving this at a brunch!

  21. Ai says...

    This is gorgeous! And so simple!!
    Any chance you might be my neighbor and feel like sharing? :)

  22. It looks beautiful and must taste so yummy!! =)

    I’ll have to try it this spring! =)

    Ergo – Blog

  23. Lovely! I bet smoked salmon would be amazing with this too.

  24. JB says...

    I have made a similar salad and I will say that it is DELICIOUS. Especially with some Greek green olives with pits scattered over the top.

  25. I’ll be right over