Grapefruit, Cucumber and Avocado Salad

25 Jan

Is it just me or has the citrus been especially delicious this year?  I must have eaten 39 lbs of clementines over the holidays and in the past three weeks I have bought two eight pound bags of Ruby Red grapefruits.  I bought the first bag on a whim.  They were priced very well and I have always like the idea of eating a grapefruit for breakfast in the morning.

It all started the very first week of January. I was coming down from the candy and cream fest of the holidays by  drinking a lot of  green tea and munching on raw pumpkin seeds, add grapefruit to the mix and I figured couldn’t possibly be any healthier.  I reasoned that if they were a disappointment I could make sorbet out of them, sorbet is ice cream’s slightly healthier cousin after all.

The ice-cream maker remains in the cupboard.  The grapefruits have all been deeply pink, aromatic and sweet, sweet, sweet.  I have managed to eat one most mornings, sometimes having a second in the afternoon.

I have also been working them into lunch, slicing them on salads like this one.  The avocado and grapefruit play off of each other beautifully and the cucumber adds a welcome crunch.  Excuse me, I think I am going to go have a grapefruit.

Grapefruit, Avocado & Cucumber Salad

1 grapefruit, sectioned, juice reserved

1/2 a cucumber, peeled and sliced thinly

1/2 avocado sliced into strips

1 tablespoon parsley leaves

Pumpkin Seeds, salted and toasted

Olive Oil

Salt & Pepper

In a large bowl combine cucumber, avocado, grapefruit sections and parsley leaves.  Dress with grapefruit juice and olive oil  Season with salt and pepper and toss to combine. Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds.  Eat as is or over a bed of lettuce.

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One Response to “Grapefruit, Cucumber and Avocado Salad”

  1. Sarah January 25, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

    This looks so refreshing. The combination of the avocado and the grapefruit sounds wonderful! I’ve never tried the two together like this, but I will now 🙂 Thank you for the recipe!

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