Sunshine Salad with Ginger/Citrus Dressing | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Monday, April 15, 2013

Sunshine Salad with Ginger/Citrus Dressing

Sunshine Salad with Ginger/Citrus Dressing is a delicious combination of fruit and veggies, topped with a light dressing that compliments it beautifully.
Sunshine Salad with Ginger/Citrus Dressing | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

I didn't have a few veggies called for in the original recipe, so I just left them out.  I would have added them if I had them. 

I did add the peanuts called for in the original recipe, but I do think almonds would be a better compliment.  Next time. 

I cut back on some of the cheese called for (to help keep the calories in check) and I also cut back on the amount of orange juice in the dressing ( 1/2 cup to the small amount of oil seemed too much to me) and the amount of dressing in general. My personal preference is that I do not like my salads dripping wet in dressing.  I like the dressing to compliment, not overpower the salad itself. 

In order to help the dressing stay together, I added a teaspoon of Dijon mustard.

I'm calling my version of this salad "Sunshine Salad," because it really reminds me of a sunny day.  So colorful and healthy! 

Sunshine Salad with Ginger/Citrus Dressing
adapted from Allrecipes

Servings - 2   Serving Size - 1/2 salad recipe and 1/2 dressing recipe  Points Plus per Serving - 10 Points+
Calories - 378.4,   Total Fat - 14.3g,   Carb. - 53.2g,   Protein - 11.7g,   Fiber 10.5g

For Dressing:
1/4 cup orange juice
1 TBSP rice vinegar
1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. soy sauce
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 TBSP fresh grated ginger
1/2 tsp. ground cumin

For Salad:
2 cups romaine lettuce, torn (I used baby romaine)
2 cups organic baby spinach
1 cup shredded, red cabbage
1 cup raw bite sized cauliflower pieces
1/2 cup sliced red onion
1/2 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 cup mandarin oranges, drained and rinsed
1 cup fresh strawberry slices
1 oz. blue cheese
8 dry roasted peanuts, finely diced

1. In a small mason type jar, combine all the dressing ingredients and shake well.  Set aside.

2.  Divide salad ingredients evenly on two plates in order as listed.   Pour half of dressing onto each salad.  Enjoy. 

I really enjoyed this salad as a meatless meal last week.  You could add some chicken to this salad, if you wish, but as it stands, it still delivers a decent amount of protein thanks to the beans. 
I didn't miss the meat.


  1. I love salads that are filled with fruit and beans. That dressing sounds lovely and perfect for this time of year. I agree almonds sound like a better pairing with the rest of the ingredients.

  2. SERIOUSLY, 10 minutes ago I decided to make a similar salad to bring to my sister's this weekend for a party! I'm planning on doing strawberries, blue berries, mandarin oranges, sunflower seeds & sesame seeds with an asian-ish dressing! What a fun combo of flavors and so pretty!

  3. I'll leave off the red onion, but this does look like sunshine in a bowl Renee! Whenever we go out and have a pre fix menu, the salads almost always have fruit and nuts in them, which I love, but my husband prefers iceburg lettuce and blue cheese dressing!

    1. You could not pay my husband to eat salad or ANY thing savory with fruit. lol Husbands are missing out on all the good stuff! lol

  4. I am always looking for new salad and dressing recipes. I add the mustard to dressings too. This looks like a perfect spring/summer dish. Can't wait to try it! Btw, I pinned your lime geletin dessert and it has many repines! :)

    1. thanks for pinning the jello dessert. It really is so good. :)

  5. So pretty! Love your name for it--it's perfect!

  6. PS I saw Suzie's comment and had to tell you I pinned that one too! But I don't know about the repins-I never check back any more.

  7. Yum! I love fruit in my salads, and I'm with ya, I don't like my salad drenched in dressing!

  8. FYI I'm a big fat liar! I really don't think I pinned that, I think I saw Suzie's pin and my brain is so addled I thought it was my pin. I have no idea which way is up any more. Sorry I'm a big fat liar, but I do pin your stuff! lol

  9. Yum! I am going to make that dressing up tonight! xx

  10. This looks great. I will have to try it this week. My lettuce is ready in the garden. :)

  11. This looks so pretty and so yummy! I am the same with my dressing, I like it to compliment my salad. I like to be the one to put it on my salad also because if I don't then it always ends up with way too much dressing!


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