It’s that time of year in Texas when the skies are gray (but never really for more than 2 days in a row), it’s constantly windy, and my allergies are at their worst. While Mother Nature might make me miserable this time of year she also provides a little relief during the gloomiest, coldest, and most miserable months. This relief comes in the bright beautiful flavor of Sweet Texas Sunshine.
It’s the peak of citrus season in Texas and more than anything this time of year I crave the sweetness of the Ruby Red Texas Grapefruit. Yep Grapefruit. Look at that beautiful color.
All the store stores are well stocked with these enormous Ruby Red beauties along with the sweetest Texas Valencia Oranges, and Meyer Lemons. I even found some Blood Oranges the other day and although their flavor is good, color wise I think the Ruby Red is far more beautiful. Either way I just love citrus season don’t you?
So for all of you suffering through these cold, wet, and gray winter months I’m sending a recipe for a little Texas Sunshine your way.
Texas Sunshine Citrus Salad
Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette
1 Texas Valley Meyer Lemon, zest & juice
½ clove garlic, grated
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon Local Honey
1/3 Cup (approximately) Really Fruity Extra Virgin Olive Oil
In a small bowl whisk together the Lemon juice, zest, grated garlic, mustard, and honey. While whisking slowly stream in the Extra Virgin Olive Oil until the dressing is thick. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Drizzle a little of the dressing around the inside of a large bowl then add in the salad …..
2-3 handfuls Arugula
½ a small Red Onion or Shallot, thinly sliced
½ Cup Salami, Chopped
1 Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit, peeled and segmented
1 Texas Valencia Orange, peeled and segmented
1 Blood Orange, peeled and sliced
A few editable flowers (Pansies)
Toss all the ingredients together and serve up some Texas Sunshine.
And remember Spring isn’t that far away….