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Winter Citrus Arugula Salad w smoked almonds

Salad with heart shaped oranges and smoked almonds in a large black bowl

Healthy, quick salad and yummy that you can create in five minutes?  Yes that is this salad. I tend to veer more towards soups in the winter time, but with the sun out even though it is chilly it’s time to bring out the salad.

coconut shards, orange, arugula and almonds on a cheeseboard

Ingredients for the salad

Especially since this one showcases navel oranges which is just right for a winter salad isn’t it?  Winter Citrus Salad is so easy you can go make it right now.. you’re working, I understand

heart shaped oranges on bed of arugula

Winter Citrus Salad with Smoked almonds

, ok this evening then.   You know my niece-in-law whom I rarely get to see, her name is Wynter, isn’t that lovely?

And I have been in love with arugula forever so that is what I decided to use for the base of this recipe.  Sprinkle on coconut chips and some of those easy yummy smoked almonds you made the other day and presto the salad is ready. 

slices of orange in rounds with knife on cutting board

see this is the thickness of orange slices

If you don’t have any coconut chips, cut up a few dates and sprinkle those on the salad or parmesan cheese.

Salad dressing, that will take you 1 minute at max to make it.

Raspberry Vinaigrette ingredients.

I decided to use organic raspberry fruit spread as a shortcut.  Afterall you probably add a bit of sweetener to the salad dressing so why not skip that step?  The olive oil I am using is Enzo Extra Virgin Oil, it was a gift, thank you Michael and it is an amazing!  You can use red wine vinegar as I did or apple cider vinegar.  Shake it up in a little jar with a lid and you are ready to eat your salad.  And yes, see you can cut your oranges in hearts if you desire…  ahhhhh! isn’t that cute?

ahhh! aren’t they cute?

Oranges have been a love all of my life- how about you?  Which is your favorite Citrus, navel orange, caracara orange, mandarins, grapefruits or meyer lemons?  Enjoy!

Winter Citrus Arugula Salad with smoked almonds

Light, quick salad with baby arugula, citrus, coconut chips, smoked almonds with a raspberry vinaigrette. 

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 1-1/2 cups each


  • 3 cups baby arugula
  • 1 large navel orange, sliced in rounds 1/4 inch slices* can peel and cube orange too
  • 3 tablespoons coconut chips
  • 1/3 cup smoked almonds

Raspberry Vinagrette

  • 1 tablespoon organic raspberry spread
  • 2 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar


  1. Divide arugula between to bowls.

    (optional)Using heart shaped cookie cutter cut out heart shaped orange slices; put two slices of oranges on each salad. Or peel and slice oranges into chunks, divide evenly among the salads.

    Sprinkle coconut chips on top and smoked almonds. 

Raspberry Vinagrette

  1. Put all salad dressing ingredients in small jar, screw on the lid tightly, shake and pour salad dressing over salad.  Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If coconut chips or shredded coconut is not available try dates, cut up.  

For this recipe I used my Shun knife, it stays sharp for a longtime and it is very comfortable to use. 

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