If there is one thing about late winter I know is true, it's that I really begin to long for fresh, bright flavors and fresh produce All the lovely soups, stews, and root veggies are warming and comforting, but at a certain point, I am craving citrus and crunchy vegetables.
This salad fills that need for me - the other night, I served it along with some Salmon and roasted sweet potatoes (because it is definitely still root vegetable season), and it hit the spot perfectly!
This started out with me looking at an assortment of items that had come in our weekly produce box - a pink grapefruit, a couple blood oranges, a mango, and a large bunch of red radishes. I wasn't sure how the radishes would go with the sweet fruit, but decided to give it a try, and it was a delicious combination! The crunchy, spicy radishes and the combination of sweet and tart fruit was savory enough to act as a side dish (and sweet enough to enjoy the leftovers the next morning for breakfast).
I kept the dressing to something very simply, with a bit of mint - something more savory would certainly work as well.
I've gotten more fruit in this week's box, so I will definitely be doing this again!
2 blood oranges
8-10 red radishes
1/2 red onion (opt.)
6 T. olive oil
2 T. white wine vinegar
1 tsp. honey
1/2 tsp. dried mint
Peel grapefruit and blood oranges, and remove as much pith as possible. Chop citrus and put in large bowl.
Peel and dice mango (great instructions here) and add to citrus.
Scrub radishes, and thin slice, then half each slice. Add to fruit.
Finely mince the red onion if you'd like a more savory salad, and add to the bowl.
Toss the salad to combine and set aside.
In smaller bowl or a jar, combine dressing ingredients and whisk or shake well to blend. Add to fruit a little at a time, tasting until it is dressed to your taste. (Don't dump it all in - if it's too much, you'll ruin your salad!)
Enjoy as a side dish salad on a bed of lettuce or a relish for fish, chicken or pork. Soak up some of that sunny citrus and remember that winter is almost over!