Avocado and Grapefruit Salad

in Salads

Since we’re friends and we have a bit of a relationship going, I feel like I should confess something.

If you’ve noticed I haven’t cooked anything in a while. It started with this Grapefruit Coconut Scrub; I then moved onto the giveaway…and now I give this Avocado and Grapefruit Salad

It’s because…are you ready? I’m on a diet-thingy.

This winter has been a long one.

I ate burgers, like, a few times a week, I had milkshakes, cupcakes and tuna melts. I do what I want!

I figured I needed to take a break, and get healthy or whatever. I bought a program from Tracy Anderson called Metamorphosis. And wouldn’t you know, I’ve dropped a few pounds, I work out now…and do this embarrassing dance cardio (in the privacy of my own home), and feel loads better. It’s miraculous what moving your body and not eating butter everyday can do.

The downside is that I haven’t been able to eat anything fun. though I have taken the liberty to cheat.  I deserve it, right? I’m an adult, I pay my taxes (oh. do. I. pay. my. taxes.) and my parking tickets!

I had an awesome dinner at Son of a Gun; another time at In-n-Out. Both times totally worth it. If I’m gonna cheat, I’m gonna cheat…

In my attempt to put my new, healthy foot forward, I made something that doesn’t taste diet-like at all.

Just a few simple ingredients on a plate topped with a heavy tablespoon of mustard vinagrette.

I ate this all by myself for lunch, though I can’t wait until picnics and bbqs start so I can bring this on a big plate for a crowd to enjoy.

In other news: since I can’t have bacon, I kinda want to smell like it.

Bacon cologne…yay or nay? Is this just me being weird and missing bacon?

Avocado and Grapefruit Salad

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Recipe by Ina Garten

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup good olive oil

4 ripe Hass avocados

2 large red grapefruits

Place the mustard, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in the olive oil until the vinaigrette is emulsified.

Before serving, cut the avocados in 1/2, remove the seeds, and carefully peel off the skin. Cut each half into 4 thick slices. Toss the avocado slices in the vinagrette to prevent them from turning brown. Use a large, sharp knife to slice the peel off the grapefruits (be sure to remove all the white pith), then cut between the membranes to release the grapefruit segments.

Arrange the avocado slices around the edge of a large platter. Arrange the grapefruit segments in the center as well as in between each slice of avocado. Spoon the vinaigrette on top, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and serve.

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Gina April 7, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Oh my, this looks scrumptious.


Jen of My Tiny Oven April 7, 2011 at 2:03 pm

This looks so yummy, always looking for a fresh flavorful salad! And good for you for doing the diet thingy… I should be too! darned cupcakes!


Jessica @ How Sweet April 7, 2011 at 2:13 pm

If I can find a good avocado in this place, I am so making this!


Susan April 7, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Consider trying some of these recipes which are all under 400 calories per serving. They look great–and I would love to see you make them:



Adrianna April 13, 2011 at 11:33 pm

Holy yum! Some of these recipes look delicious.


bianca April 7, 2011 at 4:16 pm

I get it girl! I was feeling a little bit, um, puffy after a winter full of indulgence; but since I’ve gotten my arse moving and eating a little better things are beginning to turn around!


Joanne April 7, 2011 at 5:15 pm

I’m on a weird diet thingy too. So not fun. But recipes like this definitely make it better!


Lynda April 7, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Will have to give this a try. I make a grapefruit/avocado salad using poppy seed dressing. Perfect for a hot summer day!


Dana April 7, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Avocado and grapefruit sound like a really interesting combination. Good luck on your diet-thingy!


CheekyChic April 8, 2011 at 7:15 am

I’m pregnant with my third baby and man, grapefruit has been sounding like the most delicious thing in the world to me. This salad should do the trick and satisfy my craving (at least for a few hours.) I’ve looked up this Tracy Anderson Program. I’ll be following you to see how much you like it (or hate it but get results). I’ll need something after this baby pops out! Best of luck to you.


d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo April 8, 2011 at 7:49 am

Good for you! I had really gotten into a groove in January – running 3 days a week and working out at least 4, but mid-February I got sick and I haven’t been able to catch back up. I really need to start going again. This salad is gorgeous – anything with avocado and grapefruit has to be delicious!


Adrianna April 13, 2011 at 11:33 pm

Good job, woman!


tina April 8, 2011 at 8:11 am

this looks absolutely fab! this means more yummy healthy food posts coming our way! i so need to get my butt into the gym :(


Sam April 8, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Oh wow! This looks so fresh and tasty. Perfect for a sunny day. This makes me even MORE anxious for Spring to kick into full gear!


Lynn April 8, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Give me any excuse to eat avocado and I’ll take it. This looks so yummy! Love your blog!


Amy April 8, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Ugh, you’re right…It’s time to get going on this bikini body thing…Or is it too late now? There’s always next summer. Yeah, that’s it. 2012 summer I’ll be in GREAT shape. This one I’ll just let float on by maybe. This dish you made here is making my mouth water. Must. Make. Now.


Adrianna April 13, 2011 at 11:34 pm

Totally not too late!


Lindsay April 8, 2011 at 7:17 pm

I’ve had this before and LOVE it!! Great post! Esp. for summer!


Deborah April 8, 2011 at 10:09 pm

This looks DELISH!!! Quick Grandma Doreen, more California avocados to the Indiana Murrays please :)


Katrina April 9, 2011 at 12:05 am

This is a really neat idea! Good luck with your diet! I know they’re hard, but I have faith you’ll stick with it :)


Marcella April 9, 2011 at 9:40 am

I have recently started a diet thingy too and I was just about to quit reading food blogs because they were too much of a tease! I’m looking forward to some healthy, delicious recipes !


laura @ glutton for nourishment April 9, 2011 at 1:15 pm

sorry about the diet thingy, but there are still lots of yummy things you can eat! case in point with this recipe. avocados and grapefruits are two of my favorite fruits. yum.


Toffee Bits and Chocolate Chips April 9, 2011 at 9:16 pm

My goodness it’s hard to write a blog and post scrumptious things without gaining a few. I can relate! haha I love this salad. Healthy fat and my most favorite fruit!


Cece April 12, 2011 at 11:42 pm

K, so you know how Beyonce’s alter ego Sasha fierce comes out every once in awhile? Yeah i’ve got one of those too, we’ll just call her Bertha the fluffy chick that lives inside. I’m on a diet thingy and she hates it, constantly whining about donuts and nachos. However this looks amazing! Dare I say good enough to get Bertha to back off!


Caroline April 13, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Yum, this looks delicious…and healthy!


Angie Marie February 3, 2012 at 1:37 pm

I am going to try this asap. And pretend it is summer time. Yum!


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Vitamina d July 14, 2015 at 3:02 pm

Lovely. Sure it tastes fantastic :)


Christian June 22, 2016 at 2:37 pm

Avocado is a really healthy choice for salads with a lot of good fats. I love to add it almost daily to my diet. Other good fat nutrients that you should add to your healthy diet are olive oil and flax oil (very rich in omega 3).


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