Sunday, August 18, 2013

18 Almond Citrus Salad - #SundaySupper #Lunchbox

Happy Sunday everyone, I hope you've had a great weekend so far. Sadly though, Sunday brings the beginning of the work/school week, and the day-to-day routine associated with it. One thing I love and appreciate about not eating gluten is my Sunday is filled with a couple hours of getting meals ready for the week. I work roughly 40 hours a week and also learn in a part-time graduate program during the week, so any meals I can have ready for the week make my life tons easier. This is why I was excited to see this week's Sunday Supper theme is lunchbox meals.

This week I'm sharing one of my favorite salads, a vegetarian almond citrus salad. The only component that needs to be made is the dressing, so it's great to prepare a day or two ahead of time. I normally make the dressing on Sunday, and store it in a small jar in the refrigerator. I hope you enjoy this and all the recipes this weekend! Thank you to Liz for hosting!

Sandwiches, Wraps and Entrees:
Munchies, Salads and Sides:
Sweet Treats:

And remember that we have a #SundaySupper chat at 7 PM each on Sunday evening. We tweet throughout the day using the hashtag #SundaySupper, then we all gather to share ideas, recipes and answer questions from 7-8 PM ET. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest Board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.

Almond Citrus Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Inactive Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 5-6

2 romaine lettuce hearts
1 bag of shredded carrots
3 oz sliced almonds
3 oz dried cranberries
zest of one lemon
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves of minced garlic
juice of 2 lemons
1/4 cup low fat buttermilk
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Chop the lettuce into bite size pieces. In a medium bowl, toss the lettuce, carrots, almonds, cranberries, and zest together. Set aside.

Heat a sautee pan over medium heat, and add 1 tbsp olive oil. Once the pan is hot, add the garlic, and sautee the garlic until it becomes soft, about 5 minutes. Transfer the garlic to a small bowl, and refrigerate it for 5 minutes.

Once the garlic has cooled, whisk the juice, garlic, butttermilk, 1 tbsp oil, salt, and pepper together. Toss the dressing with the salad and serve!


  1. Such a delicious salad, TR! I would even serve it to company, but it would make an outstanding lunchbox the buttermilk dressing.

  2. Hezzi-Ds Books&CooksAugust 18, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    Sounds like a bright and delicious salad! I enjoy fruit in my salads.

  3. Love your lunch idea! It's so perfect!!

  4. This sounds like a great salad. I eat salads almost everyday for lunch and would love to try this one soon.

  5. Salad for lunch works for me!

  6. That sounds so goo! I love almonds and cranberries in my salads.

  7. Okay...must try this dressing. Cooking the garlic (and cooling it) for the dressing is something I haven't tried yet. I always use raw and now I'm thinking of all the possibilities with cooked garlic or garlic infused oil.

  8. Garlic and almonds are delicious together, can only imagine how well this works

  9. The buttermilk based dressing sounds fantastic TR. And the salad looks to be pretty yummy, too! Thank you for sharing =)

  10. I love chicken salad and this one looks so healthy and good!! I always like to add a nut and a fruit, just seems to make it so much better. Thanks for sharing!!

  11. Thanks! I love the buttermilk dressing as well, simple yet delicious!

  12. I do as well, it's the easiest way of controlling gluten intake at work. What's your favorite lunchtime salad?

  13. I always love the taste that cooked garlic brings. I feel the same way for caramelized onions!

  14. I do Greek inspired ones a lot, mainly because I always have those ingredients. Spring mix, feta, kalamata olives, tomatoes, anything else I can find that goes with it. Or fruit and nut. My lunch time salads are just a bunch of random stuff I find in the fridge usually.

  15. Sarah | Curious CuisiniereAugust 19, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    This sounds like such a healthy and tasty lunch. I love almonds in salad!

  16. Thanks! I always love almonds in salads as well, it's my favorite type of nut to add to salads.

  17. That sounds amazing, what kind of tomatoes are your favorites for salads?

    I agree on lunch salads being a reflection of what's in the fridge, I normally throw whatever is available or I may not be able to use in a dinner into a salad. It's normally the most frequent way that I end up eating broccoli.