Spring Greens Ambrosia Salad

Spring Greens Ambrosia Salad

Clementines are the smallest variety of mandarin oranges. They are sweet, juicy, and seedless. They come into season in December through January which coincides with the Chinese Lunar New Year. This makes them a popular substitute for mandarin oranges by the Chinese in the western world.

Clementines are wonderful eaten on their own or added to salads. They often appear in the popular Ambrosia fruit salad which has a variety of fruits in it. The dressing is usually made of whipped creamed, sour cream, or yogurt.

I do like the idea of combining oranges with coconut but I find the traditional Ambrosia salad a little too creamy for me. Hence, I borrowed the idea for this Spring Greens Ambrosia Salad and made it skinnier and healthier. I used a very simple vinaigrette with only 2 tablespoons of yogurt to give it that creamy look. I think it was quite delicious.

Spring Greens Ambrosia Salad

I can now enjoy this light and tangy Spring Greens Ambrosia Salad with clementine and coconut flakes anytime. It has way less calories. 😉

Spring Greens Ambrosia Salad
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Serves: 4 servings
  • 5 oz (1 package) spring greens
  • 2 clementines, peeled and sectioned
  • ½ cup coconut flakes, toasted
  • ¼ cup (60ml) rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  1. Combine spring greens and clementines in a large salad bowl.
  2. Stir together all dressing ingredients in a small bowl.
  3. Pour dressing over spring greens and clementines. Toss to get vegetables and fruits coated with dressing.
  4. Sprinkle toasted coconut flakes over salad.
  5. Serve immediately.

Spring Greens Ambrosia Salad

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 😎

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  1. says

    I like the tanginess of the salad dressing. Sounds delicious… like having ‘low sang’! :o) Thanks for sharing. Hope you’re enjoying your day.
    Cheers, Kristy

  2. says

    This looks like such a wonderful way to celebrate those precious gifts of citrus! I love how you lightened up the salad…isn’t yogurt wonderful for that? Thank you for sharing, sweet friend. And thank you for the kind words on my blog. They mean so much to me!

  3. says

    Such a beautiful and refreshing salad, Biren. I love your addition of coconut flakes. My kiddies love clementines and can eat at least 6 each time. I’ll bet the would love this salad too. Although they still eat salads with their hands like little savages…teehee. They have a hard time picking up the greens with their forks. At least they’re eating their greens :-D. Great salad, Biren!

  4. says

    Oooh, what a fun alternative to the super sweet and creamy ambrosia salad. I always think of it more as dessert anyway, not really a salad :) This is a good way to get some greens into you too!

  5. says

    Hi Biren: I luv this time of the year when clementines are at their sweetest and are abundant. I’ve been using them in salads too – they add a splash of color and perfect sweet compliment.

    Luv this salad and the use of those coconut flakes. =)

  6. says

    This s a perfect salad! I love the dressing with yogurt and vinegar. And oranges make a great addition to this healthy salad. Thanks for sharing!

  7. says

    Biren, this is a salad I love. I so agree with you that the typical Ambrosia salad is too creamy and too fattening. You’ve done a great job in making it much more calorie friendly and delicious!


  8. says

    What a light and delicious salad Biren! When clementines are in season I eat them like crazy and I love spring greens – they make a perfect, delicate pair together for a salad!


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