Citrus Salad with Toasted Seeds and Maple Dressing

Salad with oranges, olives, and toasted seeds

An easy citrus salad that can be made with whatever orange type citrus you like best or happen to have at the time. We love it when we can find Cara Cara Naval Oranges, but any juicy sweet orange or grapefruit or combination works. A great complement to spicy dishes.


Citrus Salad with Toasted Seeds and Maple Dressing Recipe

Recipe Author:  MJ of MJ’s Kitchen

Serves:  2
Prep Time:  15 minutes


1 large citrus fruit or about 1 to 1 ½ cups (e.g., orange, tangelo, tangerine, grapefruit or combination) – peeled, wedged, cut in half, and seeds removed
¼ cup sweet onion, thinly sliced
10 kalamata olives, quartered vertically
½ celery stalk, sliced thin
2 Tbsp.  sunflower seeds, or pumpkin seeds, or a combination of both, toasted
4 whole butter lettuce leaves for lettuce cups

Dressing Ingredients

1 ½ tsp. maple syrup
1 ½ tsp. white wine vinegar
1 ½ Tbsp. canola oil


  1. To make the dressing, whisk together the syrup and vinegar in a large salad bowl.  Add the oil and whisk quickly into an emulsion.  Taste and adjust the oil or vinegar for your palette.
  2. Place all ingredients (except for lettuce and nuts) in the bowl with the dressing and toss.
  3. Divide the lettuce between 2 salad plates.  Scoop half of the salad mixture into each of the lettuce cups.  Top with nuts.


Kitchen Notes

This salad likes to be served next to something spicy.  We’ve had it as a side to mole’ tamales and seared tuna steak with wasabi and a few other spicy dishes.  My sister served it with enchiladas and loved it. Spicy and sweet – great complements!  However, it wasn’t a good side with my Swiss Chard Calzone.  The citrus overpowered the Swiss chard.

Citrus salad of cara cara oranges with toasted pumpkin seedsHere’s another citrus salad for you to try:  Sweet and Spicy Citrus Salad




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10 Responses to “Citrus Salad with Toasted Seeds and Maple Dressing”

  1. Javelin Warrior January 7, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

    I’ve never had citrus in a salad this way before, MJ. My mom used to make a wonderful citrus & banana salad during winter months, but there was never a “savory” component to it like the kalamata olives or onion. I’m so intrigued by this combination and love that you had something for tangerines! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year and thanks so much for sharing…

    • mj January 7, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

      Thanks Mark! My mama made the citrus and banana salad as well! She called it ambrosia and we always had it for the holiday meals. Posting this on your blog today made me hungry for it so I made it for supper tonight. 🙂 Happy New Year!

  2. Umm Mymoonah April 3, 2012 at 1:22 am #

    Salad looks so refreshing, awesome. Thank you for linking with Any One Can Cook 🙂

  3. France @ Beyond The Peel January 31, 2012 at 11:26 pm #

    What a great blend of flavors MJ. The citrus and the olives are lovely and then the maple…yum. The seeds add nice fats and protein and satiating qualities. What a great salad to enjoy any time.
    Thanks for sharing it with us at Whole Food Wed. Have a great week and I hope to see you again this week 🙂

  4. Su Anne April 21, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    Hey darlin’,
    Love it. Great layout, photos, and of course great recipes! YUM!
    Beautifully organized and easy to navigate.
    Have fun with it. I know Ted and I will.

    The photo under the tree, well it’s just peachy and so are you. Fondly remember sitting on the back porch with peach juice dripping off my elbows.

    • mj April 22, 2011 at 11:18 pm #

      Thanks for the great feedback! Weren’t those the best peaches ever?!?!?!


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