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Citrus Salad with Arugula and Fennel

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Citrus Salad with Arugula and Fennel

Originally posted on the Fresh Direct Blog

All ingredients purchased through


1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons dijon mustard

2 tablespoons honey

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 box of arugula (or any fresh greens)

1 medium fennel, tops and fronds removed, sliced thin

1 grapefruit, peeled and segmented

1 cara cara orange, peeled and segmented

1 blood orange, peeled and segmented

1 avocado, cubed


To make your dressing whisk your vinegar, dijon, honey, salt and pepper and in a small bowl. While continuously whisking, slowly add your oil one drop at a time until fully combined.

In a large serving bowl layer the greens, fennel and citrus segments. Instead of pre-mixing your salad with dressing, I like to keep this salad layered because of its beautiful presentation. So when you are ready to serve, add your avocado and drizzle the dressing on top.

Plan Ahead:

  • You can prep your fruit and vegetables (except the avocado) the day before and store in separate containers in your refrigerator ready to be assembled.

  • Your dressing is a perfect make-ahead item, as it will keep up to 7 days in the fridge.

  • Once the salad is dressed it will only last that day.

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