Citrus Salad from Oh Gussie! by Kimberly Schlapman

It feels like summer is just around the corner and as we begin to prepare for warm weather, fresh, bright and colorful food is on our mind. Today we’re sharing the Citrus Salad from Oh Gussie! by Kimberly Schlapman. Not only is this salad beautiful, it’s delicious, too! The combination of oranges and grapefruit hits all the right citrus notes. Avocado and toasted almonds add texture and earthiness. This salad will be a staple on any table, whether it’s for a refreshing lunch or a summer get together. Oh Gussie! is a down-home Southern cookbook by one of the founding members of the platinum-selling country music band Little Big Town and star of the popular cable show Kimberly’s Simply Southern. Kimberly’s cooking style embodies modern, wholesome, Southern home cooking—fresh, accessible, nutritious, quick, and fun. Oh Gussie! is on sale today. Purchase a copy from your favorite retailer.

Citrus Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
I was down in Florida when the citrus groves were in bloom and if I closed my eyes I would have sworn I was in a perfume bottle. This salad is a tangle of citrus flavors and smooth, buttery avocado over lettuce—topped with a honey dressing and toasted almonds.

125_OGMakes 4 servings

2 blood oranges, segmented
2 navel oranges, segmented
1 pomelo or ruby red grapefruit, segmented
1 avocado, diced
⅓ cup sliced almonds, toasted
1½ teaspoons poppy seeds
Juice of 1 lemon
¼ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 head Bibb or butter lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces

1. Gently toss the oranges, pomelo, avocado, and almonds in a bowl.
2. Whisk together the poppy seeds, lemon juice, olive oil, honey, and salt and pepper to taste in a small bowl until it becomes emulsified. Toss the vinaigrette with the citrus salad.
3. Serve the citrus salad on a bed of lettuce.

SOUTHERN SIMPLE: Pomelo is in season during the winter months. These big citrus fruits resemble grapefruit and, like grapefruit, come in a variety of colors. Look for fruits that smell slightly sweet and seem heavy for their size.

SOUTHERN SIMPLE: If you would like to make this ahead, prepare all the fruits, but keep the avocado separate and add it to the dressing. The citrus juice in the dressing will keep the avocado from turning brown. Then toss the dressing and fruits together just before serving.

SOUTHERN SKINNY: This salad has a bit of protein to keep you going and fiber to fill you up.


One Response to “Citrus Salad from Oh Gussie! by Kimberly Schlapman”
  1. Anna Biason says:

    hi do you have any good receipes for summer smoothies with veggies or fruits. Many thanks Anna Biason

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