I love this salad because it is light and refreshing. It has a nice kick of citrus and great crunch from the pomegranate seed and walnuts. All the flavors are rounded out by the pickled onions and nutty manchego. Keep in mind, this would be equally as delicious made vegan without the cheese or feel free to add nutritional yeast. Hope you’ll give my Citrus Salad a try and let me know what you think. Don’t forget to tag @livlight_ and #livlight!

Ingredients:

Salad:

  • 5 cups mixed greens and baby spinach
  • 1 cup orange wedges, peeled and cleaned
  • ½ cup pomegranate seeds
  • ½ cup pickled onions, cut in strips (recipe below)
  • ¼ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ½ cup manchego, shredded finely (optional, can sub nutritional yeast to keep it vegan)

    Dressing:

  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • salt and pepper to taste

    Pickled Onions:

  • 1 red onion, peeled and thinly sliced in rings
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey or sugar
  • 1½ tbsp salt
  • 1 cup hot water

Directions:

One day prior to making this salad, prepare the pickled red onions by doing the following…Place vinegar, honey, and salt in a mason jar and whisk. Once the honey and salt have dissolved, add onion and water. Cover and give it a good shake. Leave at room temperature for one hour and then place in fridge. These can be kept in the fridge for several weeks, but I like to use them within the first week.

On the day you plan to serve the salad, prepare the dressing by placing the “dressing” ingredients in a small jar and shake to combine. Add “salad” ingredients to a large bowl and toss with dressing.