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Healthy Winter Citrus Spinach Arugula Salad

Spinach arugula salad is the perfect holiday side dish. Make this recipe with healthy greens, citrus fruit, pecans and maple balsamic dressing!
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Christmas, Holiday, North American, Thanksgiving, Winter
Keyword Healthy Winter Citrus Salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 164kcal
Author Chrissie


For the salad:

  • 3 small red onions
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cups arugula
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 2 oranges peeled and sectioned
  • 1 large grapefruit peeled and sectioned
  • 1/3 cup whole pecans
  • 1/3 cup goat cheese crumbled

For the dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons real maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 2 pinches sea salt
  • 1 pinch black pepper


For the salad:

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Slice the red onions in quarters (remove the skin) and drizzle with the olive oil.
  • Place cut side up in a small baking dish and roast at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes or until wilted and slightly caramelized.
  • Remove the onions from the oven and set aside.
  • In a large bowl or on a large platter, arrange the arugula, spinach, orange and grapefruit slices (be sure to peel and section the fruit, removing any seeds), the pecans and the goat cheese.
  • Top with the roasted onions.

For the dressing:

  • Whisk together all the ingredients for the dressing (or shake together in a mason jar) and pour over the salad just before serving.



If you prefer raw onions in your salad, feel free to skip the roasting steps and include the red onions raw and sliced on the salad instead. Roasting mellows their sharp flavour and causes them to taste sweet, which lends to the sweet flavour of this salad.
To prepare the salad ahead of time, prepare all the components separately and assemble right before serving for best results.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 157mg | Potassium: 334mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 2292IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 1mg