Summer means fresh fruit and salads for me, especially when it includes this Citrus Summer Salad! We drizzle a citrus vinaigrette overtop fresh lettuce greens, chopped fruit, and nuts. And let me tell you, the dressing is amazing. It has hints of sweetness from the fresh orange juice with a subtle tanginess to it. It’s exactly what you need this summer!

A large plate full of mixed salad greens, topped with sliced oranges, strawberries, grapes, and almonds.

Summer Salad Ingredients

  • Mixed greensI love mixed green salads, but you can also mix and match the different leafy greens you use — whether you like a kale, spinach and romaine mix or an iceberg loyalist, the vinaigrette pairs well with a variety of options.
  • Nuts – I used sliced almonds, but you can use pecans, walnuts, cashews or any other nut variety you have on hand. You may consider adding candied pecans for a sweeter spin.
  • Fruit – use a variety of fruits! Anything will work here. I added grapes, oranges, strawberries, and blackberries.

An overhead photo of salad greens, plate of fruit, and bowl full of grapes, and sliced almonds.

The Amazing Citrus Vinaigrette

For the vinaigrette you’ll need:

  • Cider vinegar
  • Fresh orange juice – I haven’t tried making this with a different citrus juice but feel free to do so! You may need to taste as you go. Depending on the fruit juice you use, you might need to add more or less honey to the vinaigrette.
  • Honey
  • Dijon mustard
  • Garlic cloves
  • Salt & pepper
  • Olive oil

A citrus vinaigrette surrounded by a plate of salad greens and sliced fruit.

How to make Citrus Summer Salad

  1. Add the vinaigrette ingredients into a liquid measuring cup and mix to combine. Slowly stream in the olive oil, whisking constantly and vigorously until the dressing is combined and emulsified. Cover and store the dressing in the fridge until ready to use.
  2. Add the mixed greens, nuts, chopped fruit, and any additional salad mix-ins to a large bowl.
  3. Drizzle the citrus vinaigrette overtop and toss to coat.
  4. Serve immediately.

A lettuce salad topped with fresh fruit, sliced almonds, and grapes.

Fruit Suggestions

You can top this salad with just about any fruit but here are some ideas and suggestions:

  • Papaya
  • Peaches
  • Kiwi
  • Grapefruit
  • Pineapple
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Oranges/mandarin oranges

Summer Salad Topping Variations

  • To make it a hearty meal add chopped cooked chicken to the salad.
  • Add crumbled feta cheese, goat cheese or gorgonzola to the salad.
  • Be creative with the type of nuts you use on the salad. Macadamia nuts would be so delicious!

A citrus vinaigrette being poured over a lettuce salad.

FAQ and Recipe Tips

Make ahead of time – you can make the vinaigrette ahead of time. Just store it in the fridge, covered, until ready to use. Before serving, remove from the fridge and whisk until ingredients are smooth and thoroughly combined.

Just remember, salads don’t keep well if the dressing has been poured overtop, so plan accordingly.

A plate full of salad greens, sliced oranges, almonds, and strawberries.

More Delicious Salad Recipes

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Citrus Summer Salad

A fresh lettuce salad topped with fresh fruit, nuts, and a delicious citrus vinaigrette.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients
 

  • 6-8 cups mixed greens
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup grapes
  • 2 oranges - mandarin oranges or sliced navel oranges
  • 1/4 cup blackberries
  • 1/4 cup strawberries - sliced

Citrus Vinaigrette

  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves - minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Place the salad greens in a large bowl. Top with the nuts and fresh fruit. Drizzle the vinaigrette overtop and toss to coat. Alternatively, you can make the salads on an individual basis by adding the greens to small plates and sprinkling the desired toppings overtop.

Citrus Vinaigrette

  • In a liquid measuring cup whisk the vinegar, orange juice, honey, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper. Slowly stream in the olive oil and whisk vigorously until fully combined. Cover and place in the fridge until ready to use.

Notes

This recipe is just a guideline! 
Add cooked, diced chicken for added protein. 
You can add crumbled feta cheese, goat cheese, or gorgonzola to the salad as well. (All 3 of which are delicious!)
Experiment with different fruits. Some suggestions include: kiwis, papaya, pineapple, peaches, raspberries. 

Nutrition

Calories: 424kcal (21%)Carbohydrates: 29g (10%)Protein: 5g (10%)Fat: 34g (52%)Saturated Fat: 4g (20%)Sodium: 185mg (8%)Potassium: 423mg (12%)Fiber: 4g (16%)Sugar: 21g (23%)Vitamin A: 890IU (18%)Vitamin C: 67mg (81%)Calcium: 75mg (8%)Iron: 1mg (6%)
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
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