Colorful Dish for the Holidays

December 20, 2019

I want to share with you a healthy option during the holidays, which is both beautiful and tasty. You guys know I LOVE a table full of color. I also talk all the time about the benefits of eating colorful food and adding them to our plate. This recipe checks off all the boxes that I look for when making a healthy dish. It has color, low sodium, and it is SUPER easy to make. Oranges are a great source of fiber, Vitamin C, thiamine, folate, and antioxidants. They are also a source of citric acid. Some research indicates that citric acid and citrates from oranges may help prevent kidney stone formation. Also, vitamin C and citric acid can help you absorb more iron from the digestive tract.  Eating iron-rich foods and Vitamin C together may help prevent anemia. Such great benefits, right?

Try this delicious salad to add a bit of glamour and health to your holiday table!

Citrus & Mixed Greens Salad

  • 1 naval orange
  • 1 blood orange
  • 1 Cara Cara orange
  • 1 Grapefruit
  • 5 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 Tbsp minced shallot
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground pepper
  • 4  cups mixed salad greens
  • 2 cups roughly torn radicchio leaves
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds

Instructions: 

  1. Slice the ends off oranges and grapefruit so they stand upright.  Cut off the remaining peel and white pith, following the curve of the fruit.  Slice each cross-wise into rounds; remove any seeds. 
  2. Whisk oil, lemon juice, honey, thyme, shallot, mustard, salt and pepper in a small bowl. 
  3. Combine the greens and radicchio.  Arrange on a platter.  Tope the greens with the citrus slices and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds.  Pass the dressing to serve.

Nutrition Information: 144 calories, 9 gm fat, 16 gm carbohydrate, 1 gm protein, 167 mg sodium

Recipe Source:  Diabetic Living/ Winter 2020

Wishing you all Happy Holidays!

Best in health----

Kay