Winter Citrus Salad with Watercress, Fennel + Pistachios

Winter Citrus Salad recipe made with grapefruit, satsuma orange, watercress, fennel, and topped with pistachios. Vegan and gluten free. The Grateful Grazer

I was in the mood for something festive for the New Year and set my heart on this season’s brightest citrus fruits – grapefruit and satsuma orange.  This salad is sweet, tart, flavorful, and a breeze to put together.

Over the weekend I found myself on a mission to make something beautiful with these satsuma oranges that I found at Whole Foods on New Year’s Day.  With their green leaves still attached, I couldn’t pass them up.

Winter Citrus Salad recipe made with grapefruit, satsuma orange, watercress, fennel, and topped with pistachios. Vegan and gluten free. The Grateful GrazerWinter Citrus Salad recipe made with grapefruit, satsuma orange, watercress, fennel, and topped with pistachios. Vegan and gluten free. The Grateful GrazerWinter Citrus Salad recipe made with grapefruit, satsuma orange, watercress, fennel, and topped with pistachios. Vegan and gluten free. The Grateful Grazer

My satsumas served as a seasonal dining room centerpiece as soon as I got home from the store, but that didn’t last long.  They’re even better for eating.

Satsuma oranges have a sweet flavor and a soft skin that’s easy to peel, making them perfect for a healthy on-the-go snack with fiber and healthy carbohydrates.

I combined one of my satsuma oranges with tart grapefruit to create a winter salad that’s every bit as colorful, light, and refreshing as it’s summer counterpart.

Winter Citrus Salad recipe made with grapefruit, satsuma orange, watercress, fennel, and topped with pistachios. Vegan and gluten free. The Grateful Grazer

And don’t assume this salad’s beauty only runs skin deep…

It’s also packed with vitamin C (an essential vitamin and antioxidant that’s super important for supporting the immune system,) fiber, and healthy fats.

Winter Citrus Salad recipe made with grapefruit, satsuma orange, watercress, fennel, and topped with pistachios. Vegan and gluten free. The Grateful Grazer

This salad is intended to be more of a side than an entree but you could easily add white beans, tofu, wild-caught salmon, or more pistachios/hemp seeds (or your favorite source of protein) to make this recipe more more filling and substantial.

Winter Citrus Salad recipe made with grapefruit, satsuma orange, watercress, fennel, and topped with pistachios. Vegan and gluten free. The Grateful Grazer

I had this with some homemade cinnamon rolls for a cozy Saturday morning brunch but it would also work nicely with lunch or dinner.

A salad like this should not be restricted to just one time of day. 😉

Winter Citrus Salad recipe made with grapefruit, satsuma orange, watercress, fennel, and topped with pistachios. Vegan and gluten free. The Grateful Grazer

Winter Citrus Salad with Watercress, Fennel + Pistachios
 
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Grapefruit and satsuma orange are tossed with watercress, fennel, pistachios, and a maple hemp seed vinaigrette. Serve with brunch, lunch, or dinner.
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Recipe type: Salad, Brunch
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan, Holiday
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 bunch watercress (about 1 cup), rinsed and roughly chopped
  • ½ grapefruit, peeled and sliced horizontally into rings
  • 1 satsuma orange, peeled and sliced horizontally into rings (or sub with mandarin/tangerine.)
  • ½ fennel bulb, sliced thinly with mandolin (reserve some fronds for topping if desired)
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp pure maple syrup
  • Crushed pistachios for topping
Instructions
  1. Combine watercress, grapefruit, orange, and fennel in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Whisk together olive oil, vinegar, hemp, and maple and toss with salad.
  3. Transfer to serving dish and top with fennel fronds and pistachios.
  4. Serve immediately.

 

Winter Citrus Salad recipe made with grapefruit, satsuma orange, watercress, fennel, and topped with pistachios. Vegan and gluten free. The Grateful Grazer

What are your favorite winter salad ingredients?

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