Tropical Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

A couple of months ago I briefly mentioned a freelance piece I was working on that involved some playtime in the kitchen and resulted in this glorious salad.


More than a few of you requested the recipe and I promised I’d post it as soon as it was published.

Though I wasn’t able to say too much at the time, now that the article and recipe may be found in Publix GreenWise Market magazine, I have permission to share it with you guys!

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I was told to create a recipe that was quintessentially Florida.

When I set out to create a healthy recipe that captured the essence of Florida food in one dish, I knew a produce-packed salad would properly highlight Florida citrus and the state’s succulent strawberries. Rather than simply top a salad with fresh fruit, I decided to weave the Florida citrus flavor throughout the dish and incorporated freshly squeeze orange juice into a wholesome homemade creamy goat cheese dressing.

I hope you enjoy it!

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Tropical Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

  • Tropical Salad

Serves One


  • 1 ½ cups arugula
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 clementine or tangerine, peeled
  • 5 strawberries, sliced with stems removed
  • ¼ cup fresh blueberries
  • 8 praline pecans
  • 2 tablespoons citrus goat cheese dressing (recipe noted below)


  1. Place arugula and spinach on a plate and top with fruit and pecans
  2. Drizzle dressing on top of the salad and enjoy
  • Citrus Vinaigrette

Makes approximately three 2-tablespoon servings


  • 2 ounces goat cheese
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Juice of one clementine, or approximately 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until everything is mixed and a smooth, creamy dressing forms
  2. Drizzle dressing on top of the salad and enjoy

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  1. says

    What a beautiful looking salad! I love lots of action in my salads.

    My bf grilled a few peach halves on the BBQ last night with our chicken and sliced it into our spinach salad. With just some olive oil, balsamic vinegar and toasted almonds it was perfection.


  2. Nathan Miller says

    Nice work on the recipe and getting a nod in the paper, arugula is so underutilized, the peppery green adds such a different contrast to any salad. Kudos


  3. says

    I love the look of this salad! Beautiful and summery! I’ve never had goat cheese before, but that may have to change-that dressing looks delish! Thanks for posting-have a great weekend!

    Check out my latest recipe, review and giveaway @


  4. says

    This looks absolutely delicious. I love nuts in my salad but I’ve never been brave enough to try fruit. I saw a recipe the other day for chicken and blueberry salad that sounded good, and now that I’ve seen this… perhaps it will inspire me to be a bit more adventurous!


  5. mj says

    this article was the very reason i found your blog! i’ve been visiting ever since. 🙂 and i have already tried several of your recipes!

    p.s. this is an amazing refreshing salad! i paired it with grilled shrimp kabobs. 🙂



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