Sweet Orange & Pineapple Salad

Sweet Orange and Pineapple Salad with Asian Citrus Dressing by SeasonWithSpice.com

Flowers and fireworks and sunshine all rolled into a colorful salad.  I keep making these bright dishes to give spring a little push to get going.  And I think it’s working.  The snow has already melted, the birds are chirping louder every morning, and I even saw the first rainbow of the year on St. Patrick’s Day of all days.

ingredients for sweet orange salad

If you’re ready for spring as much as I am, it’s time your kitchen starts to reflect the colors of the season.  Try this easy Sweet Orange & Pineapple Salad.

Sweet Orange and Pineapple Salad with Asian Citrus Dressing recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

With so many citrus fruits in season, choose your favorite. Honey tangerines are great, or try mandarin, cars cara, or blood oranges.

Throw in some pineapple chunks for a tropical touch, and some veggies like carrot, cucumber, and red bell pepper for color and crunch. The contrasting texture and flavors make this Sweet Orange & Pineapple Salad a delicious side for dishes like Teriyaki Salmon, Miso Cod, Chinese-style Steamed Fish, or Roast Chicken.

For the vinaigrette, I keep it simple by using the leftover citrus juice after cutting the tangerine, and add in a little lemon juice, olive oil, rice wine vinegar, and honey. Then to ramp up the flavor with some sweet, nutty, salty, and spicy notes, I season this Sweet Orange & Pineapple Salad with our Japanese Seven Spice (Shichimi Togarashi).

Orange and Pineapple Salad with Japanese Seven Spice Dressing by SeasonWithSpice.com

Sweet Orange & Pineapple Salad
Serves 3-4 as a side salad

2 sweet oranges such as honey tangerines, mandarin oranges or cars-care oranges – cut into chunks (keep the leftover juice)
1/4 cup pineapple chunks
1 English cucumber – sliced into ribbons
1 small red bell pepper – thinly sliced
1 carrot – sliced into ribbons

Citrus juice (the leftover from cutting the tangerine/orange)
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp olive oil (or sunflower oil or grape seed oil)
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
2 tsp honey (optional)
1/2 tsp of Season with Spice’s Spicy Japanese Seven Spice

1. In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the dressing.
2. In a large bowl, combine the fruits and veggies. Toss to mix. When ready to serve, pour the dressing over, and give the salad a quick toss.  Then arrange it on your serving platter and enjoy!