A variety of fresh winter citrus stars in a simple Citrus Salad elevated with a simple syrup made with maple syrup and infused with fresh thyme. This Winter Citrus Salad is a perfect way to celebrate winter produce.
In the winter, I miss the sunny skies and warm temperatures of the summer months. I miss summer berries and garden fresh vegetables, but I do adore the selection of winter citrus fruits.
There is something about an orange or grapefruit’s bright flavors that wakes up my senses and brings a bit of sunshine to the dreary winter days.
And while I can eat an orange or grapefruit alone, I find that when paired with a slightly sweet dressing, citrus fruit comes alive.
Ruby red grapefruit, pomelos, and navel oranges are lightly dressed with a maple and thyme dressing.
The Citrus Salad Dressing is slightly sweet from the maple syrup and an earthy, slight lemony flavor from the fresh thyme.
How to Make Citrus Salad
- Any variety of ripe citrus will do.
- Ruby red grapefruit, pomelo, blood oranges, navel oranges, and pink grapefruits are great options.
- Peel the citrus and slice into circles.
- You can also section the citrus into small pieces if desired.
Citrus Salad Dressing
This is dressing is really more of a flavored simple syrup.
- In a small saucepan, whisk together maple syrup into water.
- Add a fresh sprig of thyme and let simmer on low for 5-10 minutes.
Assemble Citrus Salad
- Place sliced citrus in a shallow serving dish.
- Pour the simple syrup over the citrus and gently toss.
- Let the citrus absorb the flavor for at least 30 minutes, or refrigerate for 24 hours before serving.
More Winter Produce Recipes
- Winter Salad with Homemade Dijon Dressing
- Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze
- Pan Roasted Maple Orange Glazed Carrots with Garlic
- Vegetarian Butternut Squash Chili
- Roasted Butternut Squash Salad
- 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
- In a small saucepan, combine water, syrup with leaves from fresh thyme. Heat on low simmer for 5-10 minutes.
- Combine fruit together in serving bowl. Pour syrup over citrus and stir to combine.
- Refrigerate overnight or for at least 30 minutes for flavors to develop.