From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...We had a really drab day today. The fog lingered until early afternoon and the sun never did poke through the clouds. I decided to create internal sunshine using some of our Christmas bounty. We receive fruit-of-the-month baskets throughout the year, and while I puzzle over what to do with all the pears and tropical fruit we receive, I never worry about the boxes of citrus. This recipe is one of many that I have for simple citrus salads, and while the limes may make it too tart for some, it has a lovely pucker quality that I know many of you will enjoy. If you are a trumpet player, the limes can be replaced with additional orange and grapefruit segments. This is the type of recipe whose ingredients need not be set in stone, so let common sense guide any additions or substitutions you make to it. It is, however, important not to stray too far from the recipe for the salad dressing. It is special, but it comes with a caution. Dress the salad just before it is served. It loses its visual appeal quickly and you don't want to serve your family a cold hot mess. The recipe was developed by Grace Parisi for Food and Wine magazine and the salad she created is delicious. Here is how it is made.
Citrus Salad with Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Food and Wine magazine
2 red grapefruits
1 large shallot, very thinly sliced
1/2 cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup crème fraîche or sour cream
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon poppy seeds
1) Using a sharp knife, carefully peel oranges, red grapefruits and limes, removing all bitter white pith. Working over a small bowl to catch fruit juices, cut in between membranes to release sections. Cut lime and grapefruit sections into thirds and leave orange sections whole. Transfer all citrus to a serving bowl and add sliced shallot and chopped parsley. Reserve citrus juice for another use.
2) In another small bowl, whisk lemon zest with lemon juice, crème fraîche, maple syrup and poppy seeds. Season dressing lightly with salt. Pour the dressing over fruit, toss salad gently and serve right away. Yield: 6 servings.
Make Ahead The poppy seed dressing can be refrigerated overnight. Whisk gently before tossing with the citrus.
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