Citrus Salad with Strawberries

A Summer Strawberry Citrus Salad topped with candied nuts, goat cheese, herbs, and a citrus poppyseed dressing! Recipe by Emily Laurae.

Citrus Salad with Strawberries

Citrus Salad with Strawberries

Yield: 1 Large Salad

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Candied Nuts

  • 1/2 cup Pecans or your nut of choice
  • 2 Tbsp Granulated Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Unsalted Butter
  • Pinch of Salt

Citrus Poppyseed Dressing

  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Lime Juice
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Orange Juice
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • 2 Tbsp Blood Orange Juice
  • 1 tsp Mustard
  • 1 tsp Mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • cup plus 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil or Avocado Oil
  • 2 tsp Poppy Seeds
  • Salt and Pepper


  • 3 Cups Baby Spinach & Butter Lettuce
  • 3-4 Tbsp Citrus Poppyseed Dressing
  • 1/4 Cup Mandarin Oranges
  • 1/4 Cup Grapefruit Slices Supremed
  • 1/2 Cup Hulled and Sliced California strawberries
  • 1/4 Cup Candied Nuts
  • 3 Tbsp Crumbled Goat's Cheese
  • Sprig of Thyme


Candied Nuts

  • Heat a medium non-stick skillet over medium heat and add whole pecans, sugar, butter and salt.
  • Stir constantly with a spatula for approximately 3-5 minutes until the nuts are evenly coated in the melted sugar and butter.
  • Immediately transfer nuts to parchment paper and quickly separate the nuts using 2 forks, as they will still be quite hot. The sugary coating on the nuts will harden in 5-7 minutes and will then be ready for you to use!

Citrus Poppyseed Dressing

  • Add lime, orange, grapefruit and blood orange juices in a small bowl.
  • Then add the mustard, mayonnaise and honey, whisking to combine. Slowly drizzle in the oil while whisking.
  • Stir in the poppy seeds and season with salt and pepper before setting aside.

Salad Assembly

  • Gently toss salad greens and dressing together in a separate bowl ensuring that the greens are coated.
  • Then, separate the greens into two separate bowls. Add mandarin oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, nuts and goat’s cheese on top of each bowl.
  • Finally, add a touch of fresh thyme on top before serving.

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