Citrus season is a time that I think should be celebrated as much as winter, spring, summer or fall! These beautiful, juicy fruits come to us when the weather is cool and the sky is grey, brightening our days and dishes with their delicious flavors and vibrant colors! And citrus is chock full of nutrients and vitamins to boot! Of course, citrus is commonly thought of as a fantastic source of vitamin C — however, it also contains an impressive list of other essential nutrients.
This salad reminds me that mindful eating can be just as hearty and tasty as eating any other way. I could probably eat all ten portions of this salad, and then lick the bowl! I’ve also added beets to this salad — for even more nutrients, vitamins and stunning color, of course! Both the citrus and beets add a lot of sweetness to this recipe — and there’s nothing I love more then being able to eat mindfully while satisfying my sweet tooth!
The layers of fruit in this salad are all brought together with the lovely, oh-so-rich and creamy Jalapeño Avocado Crema. More than a dressing for the salad, this is really another whole component. Another healthy component, that is! The combination of the avocado and crema make it velvety smooth, and the citrus and jalapeño add a bit of heat and tang. It’s the Cacique Crema Mexicana, with its mild buttery flavor, that adds a level of richness, making the entire dish something to be savored. The Cacique Cotija Cheese garnish brings a strong, salty flavor that gives every bite the perfect balance.
Since this is such a stunning salad, I love serving it as an elegant first course. It’s an excellent way to begin a meal – however, it can just as easily be a main course! And it can also be arranged on a large platter for a buffet. Any why you choose to serve it, it’s sure to wow your guests – with both its beauty and healthfulness.