If you need a delicious yet healthy dessert after a heavy meal, please try my Spiced Citrus Salad! This festive and delicious salad is a must-try for anyone who appreciates a bold and zesty taste. The juicy clementines, oranges, and grapefruit combined with the aromatic spices provide a perfect refreshing & light dessert option. You can also enjoy it as a refreshing snack on its own.
Preparation time: 20 minutes Chilling time: min 30 minutes
Ingredients for the spices syrup:
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 or 2 star anise
- 2 or 3 cardamom pods, crushed
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 cinnamon stick
Ingredients for the citrus salad:
- 4 clementines, peeled and segmented (see tips below)
- 2 oranges, peeled and segmented
- 1 grapefruit, peeled and segmented
- To make the citrus syrup, combine the water, maple syrup, star anise, cardamom pods, bay leaves, and cinnamon stick in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve the maple syrup.
- Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10-15 minutes, until the syrup has thickened slightly and the spices have infused the syrup.
- Remove from heat and let cool.
- In a large bowl, combine the clementines, oranges, and grapefruit segments.
- Add the syrup over the fruit and toss to coat.
- Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, or until ready to serve (overnight is fine too) .
- To serve, place the fruits with the spices on a plate.
I can assure you this dessert will impress your friends. Enjoy!
Note: The recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to serve a larger group.
Tips: How to segment citrus
Segmenting citrus fruits can be a bit tricky, but here's an easy way to do it:
- Begin by washing your citrus fruit thoroughly with water.
- Cut off both ends of the fruit with a sharp knife, making sure to cut just enough to expose the flesh of the fruit.
- Place the fruit on one of the cut ends on a cutting board.
- Use the knife to cut off the peel and pith from the fruit in a circular motion, starting from the top and working your way down to the bottom.
- Once you've removed all the peel and pith, hold the fruit over a bowl to catch any juices and use the knife to cut out each segment by slicing along the membrane on either side of the segment.
- Repeat this process for all the citrus fruit you want to segment, and you're done!
Using this method, you'll end up with perfectly segmented citrus fruit that's ready to be used in salads, desserts, or as a healthy snack.
Citrus fruits nutrition
Citrus fruits are a great source of vitamins B and C, minerals such as potassium, and antioxidants.