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“It’s Apples & Oranges” Fruit Salad
For the fruit salad, I chopped up my apples and oranges. I thought I’d add in some mix-in’s. Some of my favorite’s include toasted coconut, chopped pecans or almonds, and homemade granola. A little goes a long way, and just a Tablespoon per serving can add a perfect dimension of texture and crunch. Finally, I prepared a little tangy dressing to dress it all up.
I used chia in my vinaigrette because I was inspired by a lemon poppy seed dressing but had no poppy seeds. So I turned to my nutrient-dense chia (a source of heart-healthy omega 3-s). Since chia soaks up water and can expand into a boba-like consistency, I thought this would enhance and help emulsify my vinaigrette. When the dressing was ready, I drizzled and tossed it into the fruit mixture and refrigerated it so all the flavors would come together.
- ¼ cup aged white balsamic vinegar
- ¼ cup grapeseed oil
- juice of a medium orange
- 1 tsp soaked chia seeds
- Mix all ingredients until well combined.
- Drizzle over fruit when ready to serve.
This dressing is great for fruit salads, spinach salads, mixed greens, quinoa-vegetable... you name it. It's got the perfect balance of tangy-sweet to enhance many a dish.
Note: This dressing is great for fruit salads, spinach salads, mixed greens, quinoa-vegetable… you name it. It’s got the perfect balance of tangy-sweet to enhance many a dish.
So next time you can’t decide between an apple or orange (or whatever the fruit choice may be), have them both in a delightful fruit salad. You only need two fruits and your imagination. But it certainly does help to have a tasty dressing like this Citrus Chia Vinaigrette to pull it all together! And a few mix-in’s if you have them.