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Citrus Salad with a Cinnamon Yogurt Dressing

Posted in Desserts, Salads by janet @ the taste space on March 25, 2010

I had wanted to make a citrus salad for a while. I only recently discovered how wonderful navel and Cara Cara oranges taste. You see, I never liked oranges. Clementines, yes. I like orange juice and the orange flavour, but some oranges are just no fun. I just guess I never met the right one. That is until a friend shared a Cara Cara orange with me.  Navels and Cara Caras are sweet and light. Granted, I still have to pick a time to get my nails pulpy from peeling the orange, but at least now I enjoy what is inside.  So which citrus salad to make? Spoiled by so many choices, I eventually settled on making a citrus salad with Iranian green raisins, pistachios and a cinnamon yogurt dressing adapted from Green Kitchen Stories. It had a Middle Eastern feel to it and featured a sweet yogurt dressing, which I absolutely adored in a previous chickpea and spinach salad. It was a snap to put together and tasted great.

A friend claimed this wasn’t really cooking! Well, technically, no, but it is still a dish to devour! Enjoy all the benefits of citrus with the chewy raisins, crunchy pistachios (next time I will definitely chop them, or smash them with a fry pan into chunks), refreshing mint and the sweet but spicy cinnamon yogurt dressing. I used my China Cassia cinnamon which elevated the heat for my virgin spice palate. Enjoy!

I am submitting it to this week’s Weekend Herb Blogging, hosted by Graziana from Erbe in Cucina (Cooking with Herbs).

Citrus Salad with a Cinnamon Yogurt Dressing

3-4 citrus fruits (I used a navel orange, tangerine, and pink grape fruit, but blood oranges would add nice colour)
1/8 cup Iranian green raisins
1/8 cup pistachio nuts (roughly chopped)
a couple of fresh mint leaves

4 tbsp yogurt
2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp maple syrup
2 squeezes of fresh lemon juice
a couple of fresh mint leaves (chopped)

1. Peel and cut all the citrus fruits in thin slices. Arrange the slices in layers on a plate. Sprinkle the green raisins, pistachio nuts and mint on top of the fruit.

2. Mix yogurt, cinnamon, maple syrup, lemon juice and mint in a small bowl and serve it with the citrus salad.

Serves 3-4.

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  1. Rob said, on March 25, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    I will vouch for the frying pan technique. No nuts can survive that fury!

  2. chocolate shavings said, on March 26, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    I like the idea of yogurt sauce with that salad – delicious!

  3. Graziana said, on March 29, 2010 at 4:48 AM

    Thank you for joining to Weekend Herb Blogging!

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  5. Elizabeth said, on March 29, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    That looks beautiful!

  6. XiXI said, on March 29, 2010 at 6:40 PM

    THanks to your beautiful pictures – i recreated the same thing for breakfast at home this morning :D

  7. Anna said, on March 30, 2010 at 3:12 AM

    what a beautiful looking salad and the flavour combination sounds divine.

    thanks for sharing with the WHB crew.

  8. brii said, on March 30, 2010 at 6:30 AM

    janet..I must try this..I adore oranges in all ways, raw, cooked and…:)))
    baciusss

  9. brii said, on March 30, 2010 at 9:24 AM

    janet! it is super!!
    I added some leek and crunchy salad. I used blood oranges.
    it is very very tasty.
    thank’s for the recipe!
    baciusss

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  10. brii said, on March 30, 2010 at 9:25 AM

    sorry :(
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  12. […] en jugos. Si escogemos nuestras frutas favoritas, tendremos un excelente resultado y esta ensalada cítrica con aderezo de yogurt y canela será una manera baja en calorías, rápida y fácil de […]

  13. Marisa said, on April 6, 2010 at 4:39 AM

    What an exquisite looking salad!


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