When cold weather limits the choices of both fruits and vegetables, a sprightly citrus salad can be a treat for the eyes and the palate.
It can be served for lunch or dinner:
There are endless variations of citrus salads. Here are two classic combinations; elaborate on them as you wish.
In Greek mythology, the gods ate ambrosia and drank nectar, fragrant foods that were typically reserved for divine beings.
While no descriptions of either these foods survive (the word ambrosia means delicious or fragrant and nectar indicates a delicious or invigorating drink), scholars have long believed that both ambrosia and nectar were based on honey.
Here’s a recipe for another style of ambrosia from Alton Brown, with a sour cream dressing, pecans, grapes, mini marshmallows and more.
Ingredients For 8 To 10 Servings
1. PEEL the citrus. First cut off the tops and bottoms with so the fruit sits flat. Then place on a cutting board and cut away the skin and pith, working around the circle between the fruit and the pith.
2. SLICE each fruit into rounds or half rounds, depending on the size. Remove any seeds.
3. PLACE on a large platter or individual plates, and sprinkle with any juice that has collected on the board. Sprinkle the dried cranberries/cherries and coconut over the top.
4. ZEST the lemon over the salad; then cut in half and squeeze the juice over the citrus.
5. SERVE, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
RECIPE #2: AVOCADO GRAPEFRUIT SALAD WITH MACADAMIA NUT DRESSING
Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet Blog developed this recipe by browsing the produce aisle and picking up what was available.
“Something about the acidic, subtly sweet citrus, creamy avocado, and crunchy macadamia nuts make this salad utterly unforgettable,” Hannah says. “Don’t just take my word for it, because I’m afraid I can’t do it full justice in a few short sentences. It’s just too good to fully explain in words. This simple, invigorating combination will brighten short winter days.”
If you don’t like avocado, or can’t find a ripe one, she recommends:
“Mix citrus segments with any other fruits that are available; or make an all-citrus salad, combining segments from grapefruits, oranges, blood oranges, cara cara oranges, and so forth. The mix of colors is absolutely gorgeous.”
Ingredients For 2-3 Servings
For The Macadamia Nut Dressing
 Grapefruit and avocado with macadamia nut dressing (photo courtesy Bittersweet Blog).
1. MAKE the dressing. Combine the ingredients in a blender or food processor and purée on high, until creamy and completely smooth.
2. PLACE the arugula and fennel in a bowl and toss with the dressing; or if you prefer, serve the dressing on the side. Divide the greens between 2 or 3 bowls.
3. TOP with equal amounts of grapefruit, avocado, and macadamia nuts. Sprinkle with additional salt and pepper as needed, or simply place the shakers on the table for self-service.
But the grapefruit’s ancestor, the pummelo (also pomelo or shaddock), comes from far away—it’s native to Malaysia and Indonesia. Pummelo seeds were brought from the East Indies to the West Indies in 1693 by an English ship commander. The grapefruit may have been a horticultural accident or a deliberate hybridization between the pummelo and the orange