Capturing Summery Citrus in the Winter


I tend to think of citrus as a summery fruit, maybe a lemon tartlet or an icy lemon lime cocktail – with those with the golden rays of the sun shimmering down on bare shoulders and with the sand beneath our toes … I digress. Well I was surprised to learn that citrus is actually a winter fruit, in fact, January is the unofficial National Citrus Month.

But when it’s cold out we turn to our shiny red Dutch ovens, creamy lasagnas, and hearty soups. I was wondering how we could break this habit, especially with the refreshing outlook that a New Year brings. Enter January’s citrus… and here is how it started.

I was in Minneapolis many years ago on business, and was determined to find a healthy lunch, without going for the usual kale salad. Kale – I love you, but I’m still hungry. I asked the server for her recommendation for a fast and healthy option, and she pointed, without reservation, to the Avocado, Citrus, and Quinoa salad. I’ve added the grilled shrimp, and now I can confidently recommend you add this to your winter menu. In addition to being delicious and easy, it also will help you to keep those New Year’s resolutions. And you can still have a salty dog cocktail and go bare shoulders if you like. I will.

Get the recipe for the Shrimp and Spinach Salad with Citrus Dressing 


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