Pink Grapefruit and Avocado Salad
There’s nothing like enjoying citrus season where citrus is actually grown. Sure we get it all imported here but there’s nothing quite like it off the tree. I thoroughly enjoyed all the delicious citrus we had off the tree (market fresh or from a friend’s or workmate’s tree) while living in Trinidad. Citrus was one of my favourite seasons, followed by mango season while living there. The variety of citrus on the Island itself was wonderful. It was nice to make freshly squeezed orange and grapefruit juice with locally grown citrus, especially on a hot day. Totally refreshing.
I often include citrus in salad and I love how it adds just the best punch of sweetness and bit of tartnesss to a salad. Many times I will have segments of citrus on their own and I will just and enjoy them with a simple vinaigrette, any chopped fresh herbs I may have on hand and some crumbled feta. I never really go off a recipe to make it so I thought I would get one down for you guys. One that is so totally versatile, according to your preference or what you may have available and on hand.
I adapted this recipe and use it as a base for my citrus salads. I love the subtle sweet flavour the shallot adds and the creaminess of the avocado with the sweet tart grapefruit is totally delicious. I love a little crunch in mine and pistachios are always so good in citrus salad (all salads) so I will add those in or if I don’t have any on hand some sliced or chopped almonds work just as well. I absolutely love a little saltiness/brininess in my citrus salads too, and I usually add some crumbled feta or even some shaved Parmesan cheese. There all a lot more things you could add or replace and feel free to do that - this is definitely one of those recipes that you should make your own.
Feel free to make it with a variety of citrus. I have pink grapefruit in this one but I had a single white one I wanted to use up and added and I also had a single orange leftover from a shoot that I added as well. Some blood oranges would be totally gorgeous and delicious in this salad too. So don’t be afraid to switch up the citrus combination in the salad.
We are in the height of citrus season right now and although sadly I’m not enjoying it where it grows, I’m still enjoying it! I think you should too and this salad is a great way to do that. You will love it and do let me know what you added to your version below in the comments.
- 2 medium ruby red/pink grapefruits, peeled and supremed or segmented (details in instructions below)
- 1 teaspoon finely grated grapefruit zest
- 1 small shallot, minced or a ¼ of a red onion
- 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar/ or white balsamic
- 2 medium avocados, sliced ¼ inch thick
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Chopped fresh chives and chopped pistachios for garnish
- Supreme or segment the grapefruit
- Trim top and bottom; set cut side up. Slice lengthwise between flesh and peel, following fruit’s contour; remove peel and pith.
- Hold fruit over bowl to catch juice. Slice lengthwise between 1 segment and the membrane until you reach the center of the fruit.
- Make a similar slice on the other side of the segment. Use the knife blade to remove segment. Repeat.
- Once all segments are removed, squeeze juice from membrane into the bowl.
- Discard membrane; reserve and place 2 tablespoons of the juice in a small bowl and save the rest for another use (cocktail, smoothie…etc)
- Whisk together the zest, shallot, olive oil and vinegar and reserved juice, season it with salt and pepper to taste and let the dressing stand for 10 minutes in the fridge while you prep the rest of the salad.
- Season the avocado with salt and arrange on plates with the grapefruit sections.
- Drizzle dressing onto the grapefruit and avocado, garnish with the chopped chives and chopped pistachios and serve.
- Alternative add ins: crumbled feta, sliced cucumber or fennel for some crunch, pitted olives, fresh chopped mint, leafy greens of choice or endive and radicchio, toasted almonds as an alternative to the pistachios
Salad adapted from Food and Wine, supreming instructions from Saveur