Winter Salad + Grapefruit Vinaigrette

Winter Salad + Grapefruit Vinaigrette |
Grapefruit Vinaigrette Mise En Place |

"Welcome to Winter Storm Juno. Please enjoy the next 48 hours of free time to delight in your home's creature comforts and catch up on whatever you choose. Brought to you by Netflix*." 

If you're reading this, then you and I both have survived Juno, aka #snowmaggedon /  #snowpocalypse. Well, perhaps 'survived' is a bit drastic. Savored is more like it. A holiday that quite literally drops out of the sky? I call that magic. I fully appreciate that not everyone equates snow days with vacation. But I figure while kids and homeownership are not yet part of the equation I have license to enjoy.

This morning I busted out of hibernation to make the trek to the gym. Spin class does wonders to dissolve the muscle atrophy and guilt induced by a Bachelor marathon. As the class was winding down our instructor shared an observation that nicely summed up my sentiments: "You know the only difference between a snow day as a kid and a snow day as an adult? It's an excuse to play drinking games." Amen. Everything else is the same - the giddiness, the friendly neighbors, the overblown news coverage. It's all part of the ritual and I love it. 

You might be wearing a puzzled expression trying to figure out why this snow day post is accompanied by photos of a salad. Obviously I am well aware that snow days come with their own well-appointed food customs: hot chocolate, long simmering stews, roasted meats. Basically, hot things. Those are important for sure but sometimes you need something light and bright between the heavy snow and heavy food. Consider this salad that interlude.

(*Just kidding, but you know they would if they could!)

Grapefruit Vinaigrette |
Yellow Beets |
Winter Salad with Grapefruit Vinaigrette |


Grapefruit Vinaigrette

Makes approximately 1 cup

  • Juice of 1/2 grapefruit (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. sherry vinegar
  • 1 tsp. maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • Pepper to taste

Winter Salad

  • Butter lettuce
  • Yellow or red beets, boiled or roasted and sliced
  • Red onion, sliced
  • Queso fresco, crumbled
  • Fresh mint, chopped


  • In a blender or with a whisk, combine all vinaigrette ingredients
  • Assemble salad, dress, and enjoy!