Recipe Friday: Avocado Grapefruit Red Onion Salad

by Sasha Wilkins on October 20, 2011 · 8 comments

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Oh this flavour combination is too good. (I know it’s a bit summery for my UK readers, but I figure it’s perfect for those in Australasia and on the West Coast.) I had bought a big fat Florida pink grapefruit and a couple of perfect Florida avocados in Delicious Orchards with no real intent, and popped them in the fruit bowl.

When I was mulling over a salad for lunch, I remembered thinking that I had been wanting to try something citrus against avocado in a salad. I had some red onion too, so I added that, along with a base of Boston (round or Webbs) lettuce.

Because of the strong flavours of the ingredients, I dressed it simply with a squeeze of lime juice, a few drizzles of good olive oil, Maldon salt & freshly ground black pepper. Altho some Dijon mustard might be good in there too.

The essential thing here is to use a very sharp knife to slice the peel & pith off the grapefruit and release the segments from the tough membranes. I don’t like whole segments in my salads, as I find them too overpowering – better to break them up. (This is good too if you are cack handed like me, as I never manage to get my segments out whole.) The red onion needs to be sliced into rings as fine as you can get them for the same reason. (Then halve them.) The avocado I simply peeled, sliced & then cut each slice in half.

That’s it. Couldn’t be easier, and looks quite grown up. As well as a great light lunch, I think it wld be good as a getting the tastebuds going starter too.

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Alice October 20, 2011 at 18:58

This has been saved in my recipes bookmark file for next summer – I love fruit in salads!

When we had our mini-heatwave at the beginning of October I very much got back into salads, my favourite was watermelon, feta and griddled courgette. Nothing tastier!! http://morethantoast.org/2011/10/mtt-three-ways-with-feta/

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LLG October 22, 2011 at 16:30

@Alice: If you do get round to trying it, do let me know how it goes! And I love watermelon & feta – great idea! LLGxx

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Catherine October 21, 2011 at 03:10

For a main meal salad, I think this would be also be delicious with the addition of some blue cheese. Add bread!

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LLG October 22, 2011 at 16:31

@Catherine: Bread, of course! LLGxx

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Suzanna October 21, 2011 at 08:42

I used to love the way Mexican restaurants in SF served avocado with slices of lime. This was a great side dish for carne asada.

It’s still mostly hot in Florida and those giant avocados are cheap right now, so this salad is on the menu, LLG!

(In a few months, the same avocado will cost six dollars. Each.)

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LLG October 22, 2011 at 16:30

@Suzanna: SIX dollars?! Sweet mother of God. Eat as many as you can RIGHT NOW!!! LLGxx

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katyboo October 22, 2011 at 12:03

I suspect this might be quite tasty with a little feta crumbled over it too.

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LLG October 22, 2011 at 16:31

@katyboo: I suspect you may be right. LLGxx

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