Pink Grapefruit & Avocado Salad

Pink Grapefruit & Avocado Salad

This is a special-occasion salad that pairs grapefruit segments with creamy avocado, pungent red onion, crunchy pomegranate seeds and aromatic, herby basil. Look for grapefruit with firm, shiny skin that are heavy for their size, which means they will have lots of juice. Store grapefruit for 1 week at room temperature or 1 month in the refrigerator.

From EatingWell: January/February 2012
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


  1. 1/2 cup halved and very thinly sliced red onion
  2. 1 large lemon
  3. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  4. 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  5. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  6. 3 small red or pink grapefruit
  7. 1 large ripe avocado
  8. 1/3 cup fresh pomegranate seeds (see Tips)
  9. 4 large fresh basil leaves
  10. 8 small leaves Boston lettuce


  1. Place onion in a small bowl of cold water to soak. Set aside.
  2. Finely grate 1 teaspoon zest (see Tips) and squeeze 2 tablespoons juice from lemon. Whisk the zest and juice, oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
  3. Peel grapefruit with a sharp knife, removing all peel and white pith. Working over the large bowl, cut the segments from the surrounding membranes and let them drop into the bowl. Squeeze the peels and membranes over the bowl to extract all the juice before discarding them. Halve, peel and pit avocado. Cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices, then cut the slices in half. Gently stir the avocado and pomegranate seeds into the grapefruit mixture.
  4. Finely slice basil and drain the onion; gently stir into the grapefruit mixture. Arrange lettuce leaves on 4 salad plates, top with the grapefruit mixture and serve immediately.

Tips & Notes


Nutrition Per Serving: 184 calories; 11 g fat (2 g sat, 8 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 22 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; 6 g fiber; 146 mg sodium; 591 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (107% daily value), Vitamin A (50% dv), Folate (22% dv), Potassium (17% dv)

1 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 fruit, 2 fat