Thyme Infused Citrus Salad: A variety of fresh winter citrus stars in a simple dish that has been elevated with a simple syrup made with maple syrup and infused with fresh thyme. This dish is the perfect way to celebrate winter produce.So I found myself at Trader Joes on a Date Night with my hubbie the other night. Oh you guys, we know how to live it up!! Regardless, I was overwhelmed in the produce section with the fresh aroma of citrus. There were navel oranges, mandarin oranges, pomelos, ruby red grapefruit, and pink grapefruit. My taste buds were watering. There is nothing better to me than eating seasonally. Fresh produce always tastes best and I love being able to purchase foods at the peak of their flavor potential. Plus, I love that during the winter months while I am fighting off so many illnesses, I can purchase fresh citrus that will help give my body the vitamin C that will help aid in fighting off germs naturally.
But anyhoo–back to Trader Joes. I picked out several varieties of citrus and was anxious to put them to use in my kitchen. Up first, was my idea for a simple citrus salad that showcased a medley of fresh fruits. And let me tell you, these beautiful fruits would have shined on their own, but let’s take it up a notch to make this a citrus salad worth remembering, worth showcasing, worth serving at a brunch with your closest friends. But let’s still keep it easy.
So I made a simple syrup, but not with sugar and water, but with maple and water. Then I threw in a few sprigs of fresh thyme for an added flair and a bit of something, something that makes you go Hmm, what makes this dish unique? What is making my taste buds dance with glee? Well, it just happens to be the essence of thyme in the background.
Let’s get started. First, pick out the produce. Any variety of ripe citrus will do. I happened to use ruby red grapefruit, pomelo (which may be hard to find, but OH SO YUMMY–sort of like a blood orange crossed with a sweet grapefruit), navel oranges, and pink grapefruits.
Peel them, section them, and place them into a serving bowl.
Onto the simple syrup. Simple it is. Dissolve maple syrup into water with a sprig of fresh thyme . I microwave it because for this recipe you need so little that to simmer the syrup would cause for it all to evaporate. Pour over the fruit and let marinade in the fridge. `
Serve. And let those taste buds start dancing!
- 1 pomelo, peeled and sectioned
- 2 navel oranges, peeled and sectioned
- 1 ruby red grapefruit, peeled and sectioned
- 1 pink grapefruit, peeled and sectioned
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 sprig fresh thyme leaves
- Combine water, syrup with leaves from fresh thyme. Heat in microwave for 2 minutes.
- Combine fruit together in serving bowl. Pour syrup over citrus and stir to combine.
- Refrigerate overnight or for at least 4 hours for flavors to develop.