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February 29, 2016

Citrus Salad with Smoked Almonds & Goat Cheese

In a bowl, I collect the juices from the oranges in this citrus salad with smoked almonds & goat cheese to make a bright, zippy vinaigrette.

In a bowl, I collect the juices from the oranges in this citrus salad with smoked almonds & goat cheese to make a bright, zippy vinaigrette.

Citrus Salad with Smoked Almonds & Goat Cheese
A few days ago I opened the cupboard and had to duck to avoid being hit in the head by a bear-shaped bottle filled with honey.

Since I barely avoided injury, I knew it was time to do some serious reorganizing.

To be honest, this happens to me every couple months.

The pantry gets completely out of control because I’ve over-shopped the bulk section at the grocery.

Those little things stack up and hog the prime shelf space.

I kept finding bags and jars with odd amounts of nuts and dried fruit that I used in past recipes, but didn’t quite finish off.

The most interesting discovery was a container of smoked almonds.

They are one of my favorite nuts to add to salads because they are salty and of course, smoky.

Also, smoked almonds pair well with fruit and vegetables in salads.

Last summer I threw them on a strawberry salad with balsamic vinaigrette.

I also like to use them in a roasted cauliflower & meyer lemon salad.

Citrus Salad with Smoked Almonds & Goat Cheese

How To Make A Citrus Salad with Smoked Almonds & Goat Cheese

Inspired by the gorgeous oranges I’ve been seeing at the store, I made a citrus salad with smoked almonds & goat cheese.

I am a year round salad eater. Winter is the most challenging season, but I do my best to figure out a way to eat my greens.

After peeling the citrus, I segmented each orange while holding them over a bowl to collect the juices.

Then I used the juice in a champagne vinaigrette for the salad.

For the greens, I reached for peppery arugula and chopped an endive. Endives are crunchy and have a slight bitterness to them.

Finally, I tossed everything together including the smoked almonds and crumbled goat cheese.

The salad was a wonderful mix of textures and flavors from savory to sweet to salty.

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Citrus Salad with Smoked Almonds & Goat Cheese

Citrus Salad with Smoked Almonds & Goat Cheese

  • Author: Paige Adams
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time:
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 24 1x

In a bowl, I collect the juices from the oranges in this citrus salad with smoked almonds & goat cheese to make a bright, zippy vinaigrette.

Ingredients

  • 1 navel orange
  • 1 blood orange
  • 1 cara cara orange
  • 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 5 ounces baby arugula
  • 1 endive, chopped
  • 1/4 cup smoked almonds, roughly chopped
  • 2 ounces crumbled goat cheese

Instructions

  1. Cut the peel and white pith from the oranges. Slice between the membranes removing the segments while collecting the juices in a bowl. Whisk in the vinegar, salt and pepper and then the olive oil.
  2. Drizzle the vinaigrette into a large bowl tipping to coat the sides. Pour out the excess dressing before tossing in the arugula and endives. Add the smoked almonds and oranges. Top with goat cheese before serving.
  • Author: Paige Adams
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time:
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 24 1x

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