Appetizer, Beverage, Recipes

February 22, 2019

Citrus Gin Fizz & Superfruit Winter Salad

I’m sitting here, outside by the pool while I am writing this, lucky enough to live in a tropical climate. It’s February and here in the Philippines that means the best weather of the year. I am finally able to take my dogs for a walk without immediately breaking a sweat, able to wear jeans at night, and work outside without getting too hot. I am trying to take advantage of every minute of it.

I was thinking about how weird it is for me. February used to be my least favorite month of the year. Growing up in Michigan and then living in Seattle, February meant gray skies, frigid temperatures that never seem to leave, snow and more snow. The worst part is spring still feels so far away. The holidays are over, the weeks are long and hibernating for another month or two sounds like the only option. I guess when you move halfway across the world, the calendar doesn’t quite hold the way it used to.

So why am I saying all this? Am I trying to make everyone move to the Philippines? No, but visitors are welcome 😉 I say this because:

  1. It’s what was on my mind for the past few days.
  2. This salad will be your new best friend.
  3. There are always good and bad things about each season, no matter where you are.

This superfood winter citrus salad goes perfectly with the gin fizz as a healthy, bright and uplifting pairing for the cold winter months. This has become my go-to salad whenever I am going somewhere and everyone loves it. The bright citrus flavors are perfect with the sweet mango. It will make you feel lighter, brighter and ready to conquer the winter blues!

Benefits of citrus:

Vitamin C- important for immunity, which we all need, especially this time of year.

Folate- folate is an important nutrient for anyone but is especially important for women who are planning to get pregnant or who are pregnant. It also helps the body absorb iron which in turn helps prevent anemia. Try eating citrus with leafy greens and your body can absorb more of the iron from the leafy greens!

Fiber– Most people do not get enough fiber in their diet and whole citrus fruits have about 2-3 grams per fruit.

Potassium- Potassium is an important nutrient for your muscles, including your heart. It is an electrolyte that plays important roles in blood pressure, water regulation, nerve impulses and digestion.

The salad as a whole has a great anti-inflammatory properties. Of course because it is made of all whole foods but also the turmeric and ginger are amazing for digestion as well as play important anti-inflammatory roles in the body.

 

The Recipe:

 

Adapted from bonappetit.com

  • 1 1½” piece ginger, peeled, finely grated
  • ⅓ cup carrot juice, homemade* or bought
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • ¼ tsp. ground turmeric
  • A pinch of kosher salt
  • 2½ lb. mixed citrus, such as oranges, blood oranges, pamelo/ grapefruit
  • 1 mango, peeled,  sliced
  • 2 kiwis, peeled, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 2 bunches of fresh mint
  • Crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Flaky sea salt
1. Mix ginger, carrot juice, lime juice, turmeric, and kosher salt in a small bowl.
2. Using a paring knife, remove peel and white pith from citrus, being careful not to remove too much of the flesh. Slice the citrus however you want. You can use rounds, wedges, or 1″ pieces.
3. Spoon half of carrot dressing in a shallow bowl. Arrange citrus, mango, and kiwis in bowl, then spoon remaining dressing over. Top with fresh mint, red pepper flakes (if using) and sprinkle with sea salt.
* To make homemade carrot juice simply grate the carrots and put them in a blender until pureed. Press them through a cheesecloth and fine mesh strainer. It’s amazing and easier than you think to make!

To Make the Gin Fizz:

1 1/2 oz orange or carrot juice (I used a blend)
1 oz gin
2 drops lemon bitters
top with soda water

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