If you can't escape to a place with warmer weather, at least you can bring some sunny brightness and tropical flavor to your plate with this lovely salad.

It revolves around the exciting variety of oranges available in citrus season, each with its own flavor profile. Sweet, orange navels; puckery, reddish bloods; and sweet-tart pink cara caras are a few typically available at the supermarket during the winter. Any combination will work here.

The oranges are stripped of peel and pith, then cut into rounds that, when plated, form a brilliant stained-glass-like layer. The fruit is topped with pale green, buttery slices of avocado, then drizzled with a simple shallot-spiked lemon and olive oil dressing, and finished with a fresh, fragrant sprinkle of cilantro.

It's a salad that brings a welcome contrast to the deep flavors of whatever you might be roasting or simmering during the winter months, and, if you pause for a moment before you dig into it, you might just feel the warmth of the sun coming through.

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