Avocado Citrus Salad with Blackberry Vinaigrette

This Avocado Citrus Salad recipe is refreshing and light and delicious, topped with crunchy pecans and an addictive homemade vinaigrette.

holding citrus salad

Sunny LA was the inspiration behind last week’s brunch and likely the reason that I’ve been making fish tacos and this citrus salad on repeat!

 

How To Make This Avocado Citrus Salad – Step by Step

 

  • Assemble ingredients for salad on a platter
  • Combine all ingredients for the vinaigrette to a food processor or blender and mix well.
  • Sprinkle salad with salt and pepper to taste.

 

 

citrus salad on platter

A Delicious Citrus Salad

I used to think that the only salads that tasted good are the ones you order at a restaurant, but I’ve officially debunked that myth.  Now I’m convinced that all it takes is a really good cheese, a homemade dressing, and a little protein for a salad that’s totally worth staying home for.  I’ve been making this one at home for lunch at least twice a week and even Aaron is a total fan.

Which Citrus Is Good For This Salad

I’ve used cara cara oranges, but you could use tangy grapefruit here,  you could also make this salad with  mango, all are delicious!

overhead shot of citrus salad

jen with salad

Add Ins And Variations For This Citrus Salad

If you want to vary this salad, by all means! Here are some ideas:

  • Add a protein: Cooked steak , pork, shrimp, salmon, or tofu would all be great in this salad (or served alongside it).
  • Add extra fresh veggies: Such as cucumber, carrots, bell peppers, radishes, edamame or sugar snap peas.
  • Add crispy wonton strips: Always good for extra crunch.
  • Add a kick: If you would like your salad to be a bit spicier, add some sriracha or hot chili oil to the dressing. Or add a few sliced Thai bird chiles or serrano peppers to the salad.
  • Use different nuts: Such as pepitas, sunflower seeds, peanuts or cashews.

Blackberry Vinaigrette

Juicy, mellow blackberries, a shot of balsamic vinegar, a hint of sweetness…this fresh, light blackberry vinaigrette is like pouring liquid summer over your salad. It takes 5 mins tops!

You can store it in pretty much anything, a jar is a good receptacle. That way I can just shake, douse salad and enjoy.

close up of citrus salad

Top Tips For This Citrus Salad

  • Oranges or grapefruit work well in this.
  • You could swap in other protein.
  • Choose the right avocado. If the avocado yields to firm gentle pressure you know it’s ripe and ready-to-eat. Ripe, ready to eat avocados may have a darker color but color can vary so it is best to go by feel as well as color. It will feel lightly soft but it will not feel “mushy” to the touch. Ripe fruit is perfect for that day.
  • You could grill chicken breast or use rotisserie chicken.

plate of salad

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Have you tried this Avocado Citrus Salad? Feel free to leave a star rating and I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

Avocado Citrus Salad with Blackberry Vinaigrette Recipe

This Citrus Avocado Salad recipe is refreshing and light and delicious, topped with crunchy pecans and an addictive homemade vinaigrette.

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword avocado salad, citrus salad, homemade vinaigrette
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 592kcal
Author Jen Pinkston

Ingredients

Ingredients for Salad:

  • 1/2 lb. of mixed greens I like a mix of spinach and arugula or baby kale
  • 1/2 c. feta cheese
  • 3 small avocados
  • 2 medium cara cara oranges or other citrus
  • 1/4 c. wild rice
  • 1/4 c. crushed walnuts or pecans optional
  • 1 grilled chicken breast sliced into strips
  • 2 Tbsp. pomegranate seeds
  • salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients for Blackberry Vinaigrette:

  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. dijon mustard

Instructions

  • Assemble ingredients for salad on a platter
  • Combine all ingredients for the vinaigrette to a food processor or blender and mix well.
  • Sprinkle salad with salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition

Calories: 592kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 551mg | Potassium: 1374mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 1230IU | Vitamin C: 72mg | Calcium: 224mg | Iron: 3mg

Chair, Bud Vase, and Copper Flatware from Loot Vintage || Linens from Parachute || Salad Platter from Williams Sonoma || Dress, MISA

Photography by Katie Jameson

  1. May mcqueen

    05/24/2017

    Thanks for something different…May Mcqueen

  2. Only thing I am missing is the dressing…Oh by the way the salad is good Jen…I am eating it through my screen

  3. This salad looks delicious!!

    xx Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated






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