Citrus Arugula Salad with Honey Miso Dressing

Citrus Arugula Salad with Honey Miso Dressing

Hey there! I realize I’ve been M.I.A. recently, but I promise I won’t abandon you again! Since I’ve been gone I had the opportunity to try new, good food, recharge, and craft new and exciting recipes that I can’t wait to share! However, the most prominent part of my absence has been my new devotion to kale.

Salads, smoothies, soups, chips. It seems no food can escape my fibrous, green wrath. Because too much of anything is almost never good, I tried to bring my old friend, arugula, back into my rotation of greens. That’s where this Citrus Arugula Salad with Miso Honey Dressing comes in.

Citrus Slices

Lately, I have been obsessed with making salads because they require little prep and cook time and provide a good dose of nutrients and energy. Whether I’m running late to work or coming home from a long day sitting on my booty in front of a computer screen, making a salad is a stress-free way to get a good meal in.

While I’m taking a break from kale and introducing other leafy greens into my diet, I can’t see myself quitting my daily salad anytime soon. In an effort to shake things up, I threw together some fresh winter/spring transitional citrus which includes Cara Cara oranges, grapefruit, and blood oranges. While these are the fruits that my local grocery store had available to me, you can mix and match whichever citrus fruits you want in this salad. The world is your zingy, juicy citrus!

Miso Honey Dressing

If you thought that miso paste was only for soups, think again. Miso paste has become my favorite way to add new flavors and dimensions to my salad dressing rotation. This paste, commonly used in Japanese dishes, can be shaken up with a few other ingredients to create the illusion of a dressing that is seemingly complex and time consuming. Additionally, miso carries a wide range of vitamins and nutrients that are beneficial to the digestive system.

While the Miso Honey Dressing is made with honey (duh!), you can substitute agave as a vegan sweetener. While I’m a serial recipe modifier, I recommend having a natural sweetener of some sort in the dressing to cut the bitterness of some of the citrus.

Citrus Arugula Salad

Try out this springtime Citrus Arugula Salad with Honey Miso Dressing with the recipe below.

Citrus Arugula Salad with Honey Miso Dressing

(makes 2 servings)

  • roughly 2-3 handfuls of arugula
  • 1 Cara Cara orange
  • 1 Grapefruit
  • 1 Blood Orange
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 tsp yellow miso
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp +1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey or agave
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Remove skin from all citrus and slice into 1/2 inch cubes or rings. Cut shallot into thin ringlets.

  2. Blend miso, garlic, olive oil, rice vinegar, honey/agave, salt and pepper together in a food processor until smooth.

  3. Place citrus and sliced shallots on top of a bed of arugula. Pour miso honey dressing on top, mix and serve.

Enjoy!

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