Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Citrus Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

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

6 oranges
2 red grapefruits
2 limes
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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Ginny Hartzler said...

I've never really seen anything like this. It would bring sunshine into the house on a dark winter's day, because we eat with our eyes.

Life's a shoe said...

yum this looks so refreshing and good

Alicia Foodycat said...

How beautiful. The dressing sounds perfect!

Unknown said...

Summer on a plate... I think we could all use a little of that this time of year :)

Kim said...

This is a beautilful and colorful salad... perfect to cheer it up!

Blond Duck said...

This will certainly perk up a drab winter doldrum!

Anonymous said...

it is a lovely dish, very fresh and light,

Tanna said...

Yum! That does look like Sunshine on a saucer!! blessings ~ tanna

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

Yeah I hate those kind of days. Your food certainly brightens things up though!

Pam said...

Yum! Kind of funny----I love poppyseed dressing but have never made it myself. This is a great salad, Mary, that will be good to try!

A Sunflower Life said...

I haven't had poppyseed dressing in ages. Can't wait to try yours!

David said...

Mary, Looks good and sounds good. This is a really pleasurable way to enjoy your fruit for the day! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

teresa said...

oh my goodness, if this doesn't add brightness to your day, i don't know what will!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Okay this salad is right up my alley. This is a must make recipe!

France@beyondthepeel said...

With all the citrus fruit on sale right now this sounds like a great salad to take advantage of the savings.

Angie's Recipes said...

Mary, this is so beautiful. Love poppy seed dressing a lot.

Joanne said...

What a superb and refreshing salad!

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