Grapefruit and Avocado Salad

January 13, 2012


Grapefruit is currently in season and I couldn’t be happier about it. There’s something warm and bright about citrus in the winter, no? It almost makes you forget about the freezing, icy air outside.  About a week ago,  I got a sudden craving, picked up a bag of juicy, ruby reds and ploughed through them without coming up for air. Grapefruit for breakfast and dessert. Grapefruit in the morning and afternoon. We are on our second bag this week with no sign of slowing down. 

But grapefruit isn’t filling on its own. I eat one, two, three and, still, I’m hungry! (Though now I understand the allure of the new year’s grapefruit diet- so tasty.) So, I added a bit of avocado and arugula to the mix for a tasty, citrus salad that satisfies. Now I can have grapefruit for lunch!


Ingredients: (1 large salad)

1 grapefruit, peeled and chopped

1 bag of arugula (about 3 cups)

1 avocado, chopped

2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

juice of 1/2 lemon

salt and pepper

Directions: Build your salad starting with the arugula. If you’re not a fan of arugula, you could use mache or sprouts or whatever you like.


Add the chopped grapefruit and avocado. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice.


Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss.


Serve as a light meal or heavy snack. This would make for a tasty and refreshing mid-morning break at the office.


Or with a side of crispy pita chips.


Yet another way to enjoy grapefruit.

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Amy (Savory Moments) January 13, 2012 at 9:51 pm

What a lovely and bright winter salad!

Aparna B. @ Not A Leaf January 13, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Do you know, I’ve never had a desire to eat a grapefruit because I don’t think I’d like them straight up. But in a salad? Hmmm…you might have just convinced me :) Sounds delicious and light!

Lisa Murakami January 13, 2012 at 2:34 pm

This looks AMAZING! It reminds me of the salads my host mom in France used to make every Sunday. It also reminds me of how when I was pregnant two winters ago, ALL I wanted was a salad consisting of grapefruit, imitation crab meat, and vinaigrette. I can’t wait to try this!

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 13, 2012 at 9:03 am

I love this combo! One of my favorite local restaurants (read: tequila bar) serves it with their chicken mole dish. Sounds odd, but it works!

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