citrus summer salad

Fresh Citrus Summer Salad

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Light and refreshing, this Fresh Citrus Summer Salad will be the centerpiece or your next picnic or potluck. Topped with a honey drizzle and tangy goat cheese, this fruit salad combines a multitude of flavors to create a satisfyingly sweet salad.


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citrus summer salad

Sensational Citrus

Lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits…there isn’t a citrus I don’t love to indulge in to help cool me down on a hot summer day.

Whether they’re dunked in a cold pitcher of lemonade, squeezed over a sizzling plate of food, or eaten alone as a quick snack, you cannot go wrong with a burst of tart flavor properly placed throughout a meal.

This Fresh Citrus Summer Salad combines my love of tart fruit with my latest obsession of salads. Fruit salads don’t have to be bland bowls of plain apples, strawberries, cantaloupe, or the like.

Spruce up your summer fruit salad with blood oranges, creamy goat cheese, crunchy pistachios, and fresh mint to create this crowd-pleasing dish.

How to: Prepare the Citrus

What I love most about this salad is how incredible it is visually!

It’s a lot of effort to get these citrus cuts, and it’s practically a guarantee that one of these fruits will blast you with a good shot of sticky juice — so wear an apron!

Peel the blood oranges and remove as much of the pit as you can. Thinly slice each orange and set aside. For even sharper lines, trim the round edges of the fruit.

Next up is supreming the grapefruits! This can get tricky, but no fear.

Slice off the top and bottom of each fruit. Stand each one upright and cut off the peel and pith, following the curve of the fruit.

Cut along the membranes to remove each individual segment and set aside. 

Reserve any excess juice while cutting the citrus to use in the dressing.

How to: assemble the citrus summer salad

On a large serving tray, set the base of the salad by alternating mango and grapefruit pieces and top with red onion. 

A bowl can be used if preferred but a large tray allows you to see all of the fruit laid out beautifully.

Next, layer the blood orange slices and melon balls. Have fun arranging these items to create a fun layout and top with pistachios and goat cheese.

Using the reserved fruit juice, mix with honey until well combined.

Drizzle with honey dressing and garnish with mint leaves!

citrus summer salad

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citrus summer salad

Fresh Citrus Summer Salad

Light and refreshing, this Fresh Citrus Summer Salad with goat cheese and pistachios will be the centerpiece or your next picnic or potluck.
4.96 from 21 votes
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fruit, salad, summer

Ingredients

  • 2 blood oranges
  • 1 white grapefruit
  • 1 pink grapefruit
  • 1 mango sliced thin
  • 2 oz red onion sliced thin
  • ½ honeydew melon scooped into balls
  • 4 oz pistachios roughly chopped
  • 2 oz goat cheese crumbled
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • cup reserved fruit juice
  • fresh mint, to garnish

Instructions

  • Peel the blood oranges and remove the pith. Thinly slice each orange and set aside. Reserve any excess juice.
  • Supreme the grapefruits:
    Slice off the top and bottom of each fruit. Stand upright and cut off the peel and pith, following the curve of the fruit. Cut along the membranes to remove each segment and set aside. Reserve any excess juice and combine with reserved blood orange juice.
  • On a large serving tray, set the base of the salad by alternating mango and grapefruit pieces and top with red onion. 
  • Top with pistachios and goat cheese. Next, layer the blood orange slices and melon balls.
  • Using the reserved fruit juice, mix with honey until combined. Drizzle with honey dressing and garnish with mint leaves.
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45 thoughts on “Fresh Citrus Summer Salad”

  1. 5 stars
    This salad looks absolutely stunning – and I love a good citrus salad, so it will most definitely become my favourite in your version!

  2. Oh my days this sounds utterly delicious! Looks so refreshing and pretty. I’ll defiantly be giving this a go when the sun is shining. Thanks for sharing Xo

    Elle – ellegracedeveson.com

  3. 5 stars
    I love summertime because it means grilling and eating all the salads! Your citrus salad looks very refreshing and would pair well with any kind of main course. Nice job!

  4. 5 stars
    I love how colourful this salad looks. I’d never have chosen a citrus version but I think the added honey would tone it down enough for me to thoroughly enjoy it.

  5. 5 stars
    Love everything about this recipe, even the red onions which are not my favorite. But will have them with it as I can see how all the ingredients will soften the flavor of it and be a burst of tanginess. Looks amazing!

  6. 5 stars
    Amazing! I’ve been looking for some fresh salads for the summer, and this one looks like it will become an instant fave. Thanks for sharing

  7. 5 stars
    I love the idea of goat cheese in a fruit salad. And now you just reminded me that I need a melon baller ASAP, LOL. I can’t wait to make this all summer and I know everyone will be impressed with the presentation.

  8. This looks wonderful, I just had fruit salad the other day but it did not look as good as this does! I’m a big fan of blood oranges so love that this has them in it. I’ll have to give this a try this summer next time I’m making a fruit salad. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Gabriela Herrera

    5 stars
    This salad is perfect for 4th of July, so refreshing packed with flavor and the tang of the different kinds of citrus is just to die for.

  10. 5 stars
    This is not just sensational to look! But added ingredients of red onions and goats cheese says you won’t have to look anywhere else for a delightful summer salad!

  11. This sounds refreshing and delicious! As long as I left out the onion and pistachios (icky allergies), I’d be safe to enjoy this on a hot summer day. Great idea!

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  16. 5 stars
    It looks so bright and colourful – just like the season. I am definitely looking forward to trying this. I especially love the ingredients – all things I eat. I’d make this for a family get-together.

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