Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and whether you’re coupled, partying with pals or flying solo, you can brighten up your love-filled day with fresh pink and red citrus like Blood oranges, Cara Cara oranges and Grapefruits! From sumptuous cocktails to wonderful desserts, or treat-yourself spa treatments, citrus is a great way to add a bit of sweetness to your Valentine’s Day and Sunkist has it all!
Here are a couple of our ‘juicy pick’ citrus recipes to brighten up your Valentine’s Day plans!
Blood Orange Salad with Fennel & Arugula
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed Sunkist Meyer lemon juice
1 teaspoon finely minced fresh Sunkist lemon zest
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Fresh-ground black pepper
2 Sunkist blood oranges
1 large fennel bulb
4 cups baby arugula
Directions: Combine the Sunkist Meyer lemon juice, Sunkist lemon zest and mustard in a large bowl and slowly whisk in the olive oil and then add the salt and pepper. Refrigerate the bowl while you continue making the salad. Peel and then slice the Sunkist blood oranges horizontally and set aside. Cut the fennel fronds from the top of the bulb, then cut the bulb lengthwise into quarters, and cut out the core. Starting from a cut side of each quarter, cut 1/8-inch half-moons or “shavings” as thin as possible. When ready to serve the salad, add the fennel and arugula into the bowl of dressing and toss to coat. Top salad with orange slices.
Sip on this delicious citrus-filled beverage cocktail – can even serve up with a splash of your favourite vodka!
Five Spice-Blood Orange Shrub
1/2 cup clover honey
3 cups water
1 teaspoon ground five spice powder
6 slices fresh ginger
1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
2 Sunkist Moro blood oranges, thinly sliced
Directions: Combine the honey, water, five spice, ginger and vinegar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then immediately remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth into a large canning jar. Add the slices of Sunkist Moro blood orange and then cover with a lid. Let infuse, refrigerated, for a minimum of 24 hours before using.