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Mon Jan 27, 2020, 01:40 AM

Tori Avey/She offers quite appealing recipes plus. (To me anyways!) Bought 2 bags CaraCaras. 🍊

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Citrus Avocado Salad with Poppyseed Dressing
This salad is the perfect way to brighten up the cold, dull days of winter, particularly this year when a good portion of the country has been covered in a deep blanket of snow. The bright, warm colors come from a mixture of Cara Cara and blood oranges, which happen to be in season right now. While you can use any kind of orange for this salad, Cara Caras and blood oranges add a pretty and unexpected burst of color. Cara Caras were first cultivated at Hacienda Cara Cara, hence the name, in Venezuela in 1976. They are a cross-breed between Washington navel oranges and Brazilian Bahia navel oranges. Their rosy colored flesh, similar to a grapefruit, is a result of the antioxidant lycopene. Some studies have shown that diets rich in lycopene may lower the risk of cancer. The ruby flesh found in blood oranges comes from anthocyanin, another powerful antioxidant. Interestingly, the deep red color only appears if the fruit is exposed to cold weather during growth or after harvest. Both varieties are sweet, delicious and a great source of fiber and vitamin C.

The dressing on this salad is slightly sweet, with a nice crunch from the addition of poppy seeds and fresh pomegranate seeds. Poppy seeds have a somewhat notorious reputation, due in part to the Seinfeld episode in which Elaine tests false positive for opium use. She later learns that it is a result of eating her favorite poppy seed muffins. The ancient Greeks used the opium found in unripe poppy seeds for medicinal purposes. While opium is made from poppies, the poppy seeds found in baked goods and salad dressings are not dangerous. These seeds have reached full maturity and do not contain any narcotic properties. Even so, you might not want to eat this salad just before a drug test in order to avoid a false positive reading.

For my Jewish readers– Purim is not too far away, and poppy seeds are traditionally eaten during the holiday. Consider adding this delicious this seasonal salad to your holiday menu!

Citrus Avocado Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing --This healthy winter spinach salad recipe with citrus, avocado, pomegranate seeds and poppy seed dressing is nourishing, healthful and seasonal.

winter citrus salad with poppy seed dressing
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Servings
4
servingsPrep Time
5 minutesCook Time
15 minutes
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Description

Ingredients:
5 oz baby spinach, washed and dried
5 oranges (I used a mix of cara cara and blood oranges)
1 avocado, sliced
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
Dressing Ingredients
2 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp honey or agave nectar (for vegan use agave)
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp dijon mustard
2 tsp poppy seeds
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp onion powder
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Instructions

To make dressing, combine ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until well combined.

Whisking salad dressing in a small bowl.

Assemble the salad, spinach, oranges, sliced avocado and pomegranate seeds in a serving bowl or on individual plates. Drizzle with dressing and serve. If you prefer, you can also toss the spinach with the dressing just before serving, then top with remaining ingredients.

Citrus Avocado Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing - Healthy Winter Spinach Salad Recipe
Nutrition Facts
Winter Citrus Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 271Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 220mg10%
Potassium 772mg22%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 3765IU75%
Vitamin C 103.1mg125%
Calcium 127mg13%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Reply Tori Avey/She offers quite appealing recipes plus. (To me anyways!) Bought 2 bags CaraCaras. 🍊 (Original post)
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Response to sprinkleeninow (Original post)

Mon Jan 27, 2020, 01:50 AM

1. Sounds delish

Are Cara Caras hard to find?

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Response to MLAA (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 27, 2020, 02:03 AM

2. Publix has them this past week. They come available this time of year. They're pinky red inside and

sweet. Colorful anyway you use them!

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Response to sprinkleeninow (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 27, 2020, 02:05 AM

3. Cool! I learn something everyday! 😊

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Response to MLAA (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 27, 2020, 02:09 AM

4. As do I continue to at this stage of my game. Learn stuff. 😁

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Response to sprinkleeninow (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 27, 2020, 10:29 AM

6. You ever watch NCIS New Orleans?

That's a common refrain on that show which I never heard before then. I like it and now use it too, such a good phrase - Learn Stuff!

Love it!!

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Response to sprinkleeninow (Original post)

Mon Jan 27, 2020, 07:59 AM

5. Cara Caras are so good

I am spoiled for regular oranges. Had them at Giant last week but not this week.

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