Sunshine Chopped Salad with Orange-Ginger Vinaigrette


Sunshine Chopped Salad with Orange-Ginger Vinaigrette is packed with energizing ingredients. 

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Well we’re nearly half way through January by now, so, how are those new year’s resolutions and goals going? My goal to eat three square meals a day is going pretty good, uh, except when it’s not…!

Yesterday, in addition to snacks and chocolate, of course, I had Greek yogurt plus a banana for breakfast, a big salad from Jason’s Deli for lunch (WOW do they make a mean salad!) and a chicken and veggie stir fry for dinner. Great!

The previous day, however, I chowed down on everything from cereal in the morning, to nibbles of pulled pork I made for a freelance project at geez, I don’t know, 9am, 12pm, and 3pm? It was really good. Mix in some grape Hi Chew from World Market, leftover gluten-free meatballs with marinara sauce, more freshly ground honey-roasted peanut butter from Whole Foods (which should actually be labeled, freshly ground honey-roasted CRACK – OMG!) than you can shake a stick at and, well, clearly some days are going better than others.

The day before THAT though, I enjoyed a nice Sunshine Chopped Salad with Orange-Ginger Vinaigrette for lunch, which was inspired by another new year’s goal of mine – to use my juicer more often!

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I’ve had a Jack LaLanne Power Juicer for almost 10 years now. My parents got it for me after college and I juiced like a maniac for 6 months straight. If you’ve never had fresh juice, let me tell you, it is one of the most thirst-quenching drinks you’ll ever have in your life. It makes you feel so alive! Ahem, anyway, I’ve fallen on and off the juicing bandwagon over the years (it’s kind of a pain in the butt to clean) but since new year’s I’ve been making it a point to enjoy fresh juice at least every other day.

My absolute favorite concoction is 2 oranges, 3-4 carrots, an apple, and 1″ knob of peeled ginger. I call it Liquid Sunshine due to it’s beautiful orange hue. This day I added in a bunch of coleslaw. Yes, you can – and should – juice cabbage! Lots of times I’ll add greens and/or a beet. The more the merrier!

As I was making my umpteenth Liquid Sunshine a few days ago, it struck me that the combo would make an awesome salad. And guess what? It did!

A bed of crunchy romaine lettuce is topped with layers of liquid sunshine, aka, chopped apple, oranges, carrots, grapefruit, and corn, then drizzled with an easy, homemade Orange-Ginger Vinaigrette. This salad is extremely refreshing, and full of good-for-you-ingredients that are in-season NOW. Who says you can’t enjoy a fresh and beautiful salad in the season that shall not be named?!

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Start by making the Orange-Ginger Vinaigrette.

If you’ve never added fresh ginger to fresh juice then you haven’t lived! It’s as good in a cold glass of juice as it is in this zingy dressing. Simply combine ingredients like freshly grated ginger with fresh orange juice, honey, rice vinegar, salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil in a jar or bowl then shake or whisk to combine. Set aside to let the flavors meld while you assemble the rest of the salad.


By the way, fresh ginger is kind of gnarly and intimidating to look at, but I promise it’s very simple to work with. You’ll find fresh ginger in big coral-like shapes at the grocery store. Feel free to snap off as much as you need – you don’t need to buy the whole thing!


Peel back the skin with a spoon or knife then either mince or use a microplane to grate it.


Next get all your citrus, fruits, and veggies ready. Start by segmenting 2 oranges and 1 large grapefruit, which are at their peak deliciousness right now. To segment citrus fruits, cut the top and bottom off the fruit then slice off the peel and white pith with a sharp knife.


Next cut between the segments to release them. That’s it!


Chop each segment in half for this chopped salad then you’re good to go.


Chop up a red apple and large carrot, then defrost some frozen sweet corn (Birdseye has the sweetest corn, in my opinion!) then layer the ingredients chopped-salad style over a bed of lettuce. Top with a seasoned, sauteed, and chopped chicken breast for protein, then drizzle the whole thing with the Orange-Ginger Vinaigrette. Salads are served!

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Sunshine Chopped Salad with Orange-Ginger Vinaigrette

serves 2


Sunshine Chopped Salad with Orange-Ginger Vinaigrette is packed with energizing citrus, fruits, and vegetables.


  • Romaine lettuce (as much as you want)
  • 1 red apple (I like Honeycrisp or Pink Lady,) chopped
  • 1 large grapefruit, segmented
  • 2 oranges, segmented
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 3/4 cup frozen sweet corn, thawed
  • 1 chicken breast (about 8oz,) seasoned, sauteed or grilled, then chopped
  • For the Orange-Ginger Vinaigrette:
    • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
    • juice of 1/2 an orange
    • 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
    • 1 Tablespoon honey
    • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
    • salt and pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients for Orange-Ginger Vinaigrette in a mason jar or bowl. Shake or whisk to combine then set aside while you assemble the salad.
  2. Place lettuce on plates then divide and top with chopped apple, grapefruit segments, carrots, orange segments, sweet corn, and chicken. Drizzle with Orange-Ginger Vinaigrette then serve.


Vinaigrette recipe slightly adapted from Steamy Kitchen.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,

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This salad was an absolute joy to eat, like the beautiful sunrise it resembles is to see – especially on these long and cold days. Hope you enjoy!

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  1. Kristin!
    That peanut butter sounds AWESOME! It really should be its own food group, am I right!? I found a coconut peanut butter, it changed my life! Seriously, I eat like a jar a week! Ah! That salad looks awesome too! You always have great photos! I may or may not have photo envy!! Love the blog!

  2. 1. Going to Whole Foods for that Peanut butte! My collection of Pb’s is getting out of hand. I’m okay with that.
    This salad looks awesome! Since I live in Florida, this is the perfect thing to be eating. I love how bright and fresh it looks! Nom nom nom

  3. Abi@AbsofSteel 01.15.2014

    this sounds great! i bet it’s full of vitamin C too.

  4. Trisha 01.15.2014

    Thank you so much for posting a bright, citrusy recipe! I know it’s citrus season and all, but this is such a weird time of year. The holidays are over, but spring isn’t quite here…comforting chocolate baked goods or hopeful springy baked goods? Such a dilemma! I woke up early to bake some sympathy cupcakes and felt weird going with lemon, but it was all I could think about. Glad I’m not the only one on this page!

  5. This looks so summer-y and delicious! Love it.

  6. This salad just put a smile on face! The color is so bright and pretty! I live in Ohio and we have snow and clouds for the rest of this week so this salad will be made very soon!

  7. that salad puts me in a good mood just looking at it. i’ve never juiced (give me solid foods any day please), but this salad is right up my alley.

  8. Chicago Jogger 01.15.2014

    This looks great – oranges are so delicious right now! I’m definitely going to try your dressing recipe:)

  9. Anything with orange and ginger = sign me up! And I love the pops of color in those pictures! This salad just screams nutritious and refreshing. I bet it would be the perfect lunch to bring to the office to ward off that pesky afternoon slump. :)

  10. Oh this looks so amazing and the colors make me feel so sunshiney even though it is really cold and grey!

  11. Looks so happy! I would love this today – it is super cold and gray outside.

  12. I love all of the colors! So pretty. Also, fresh ginger + orange sounds amazing. Just imagining the scent makes me feel refreshed.

    I used to LOVE Jason’s Deli until I found a baby roach in my food one time. I was so pissed- it completely ruined that place for me. It was probably just that location but now I permanently associate Jason’s Deli with baby roaches…

  13. Jackie 01.15.2014

    I’ve never juiced but that one sounds delicious!!!!

  14. I know what you mean about that honey roasted peanut butter! I always go in with the best intention of grinding enough to last the week to eat with celery and it usually disappears completely within the first two days. That stuff is dangerous!

  15. I cannot wait to try out that vinaigrette! It sounds perfect for a massaged kale salad too!

  16. Karla 01.15.2014

    This looks incredible, Kristin! Kudos to you on the wonderful 2014 goal.

    I think a Jason’s Deli date is in order soon! It’s been forever since I’ve been there and the only thing that could make a trip there better would be your lovely company! ;)

  17. this gorgeous salad would be the perfect way to brighten up my lunches at work!! xo

  18. Alexandra Aimee 01.15.2014

    I am always afraid to put fruit in salad, but this looks so juicy I just may have to try it….

    — Alex at Brainy Girls Beauty

  19. Tieghan 01.15.2014

    This is just gorgeous. I love the ginger orange dressing!

  20. Shelley 01.15.2014

    I love your recipes and website. But I have to ask … It always seems like your salads are so huge, they will fall off the plate as soon as you try to dig in or get a forkful of the different ingredients! How do you neatly eat this salad?! I have a hard time imagining the actual eating process, although it’s beautiful!

  21. This is so different than anything I make! Can’t wait to try this. Thanks for posting it!

  22. Dalia 01.16.2014

    This recipe looks great! I can’t wait to try it.
    I noticed you’ve been juicing lately. I know your using a Jack LaLanne juicer, but I was wondering which of the product line juicers your using? I’m looking into getting one, and was wondering what your thoughts are about the one you have.

    Btw, Love all the cute pics of your baby!

    • Kristin 01.16.2014

      Hey Dalia! Here’s all the Jack LaLanne Powder juicers – the model I have is no longer made, but the Power Juice Express is the one most similar one to mine:

  23. I love how vibrant and fruity this is! And you know I’ve been on a salad kick so this is a wonderful way to spruce things up!

  24. Emma 01.17.2014

    Wow, looks so healthy and really “zinging” with flavour! Inspired me to continue on with my healthier diet. x

  25. Carma 01.21.2014

    Made this for today’s lunch. So good.
    Did my usual tweaks (Used a honey-ginger vinegar from Allspice for the dressing) But oh so good with the fruit and corn. Thanks for sharing.

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