Avocado & Pink Grapefruit Salad with Feta

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As I may have mentioned before, salads aren’t my forte. Although I know that virtually anything has the potential to become a salad, or at least an element of one, spread out or layered or tossed, I can’t shake the old lettuce-tomato-cucumber combo of my childhood.

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Juicy pink grapefruits -the best of the year- were 28 cents apiece last week, and so I bought four. To populate my fruit bowl, as it turned out. While I love eating them, I’m not a fan of fileting the things. In this case, extracting the segments released enough sweet-tart juice to make a vinaigrette, with a glug of olive oil, splash of rice or white wine vinegar, dab of grainy mustard and a pinch of sugar.

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I came across the salad of butter lettuce, pink grapefruit and avocado, three ingredients I just happened to have at the same time – at Not Without Salt. It pushed me out of my spring mix rut.

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The deep ruffles of smooth, mellow butter lettuce were perfect with creamy avocado, juicy grapefruit and salty, briny feta. And like most salads, you don’t need a recipe, just a direction to go. Like me.


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14 comments on “Avocado & Pink Grapefruit Salad with Feta

  1. Marieke
    January 14, 2013 at 12:25 am

    Oh, this looks so yummy! This is going to be my lunch at work tomorrow, maybe the feta will be replaced by some pieces of smoked chicken breast . Thank you for this wonderful recipe (and all the other recipes on your blog)!

  2. Sharon @ Red Poppy | Pink Peony
    January 14, 2013 at 9:38 am

    This looks delicious! I just need the grapefruit but have everything else on hand, so I plan to try this out this week. Thanks!

  3. Wendy
    January 14, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Loved the grapefruit, nothing quite like that fresh burst of taste! I had spinach on hand, so used that as well as grape tomatoes, onion, salmon, and a little lemon juice with the olive oil.

  4. Kathy @ Chronic in the Kitchen
    January 14, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    That looks yummy! For some salad ideas, check out my salad category: http://chronicinthekitchen.com/category/salad/

  5. Erica B.
    January 14, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Looks good! I eat alot of feta & watermelon salads in the summer–this looks like a fantastic winter version.

    I wasn’t crazy about salads either until I had to start thinking about lunch alternatives. Awhile back my oldest was throughly fed up with sandwiches on her lunch. I resorted to making salads of her favourites – a BLT became: romaine with cherry tomatoes, diced up bacon and any smallish pasta (usually rotini or penne) made a good stand in. Cubes of chicken, romaine, shredded cheddar, tomatoes and tortilla strips (on the side) was the stand in for a regular chicken sandwich.

    Come to think of it a BLT salad with avocado will probably make it into my lunch this week. 🙂

  6. Leslie
    January 14, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Have to ask where you get butter lettuce in Calgary? Co-op the hydo grown, your’s looks tasty in the picture and that is something considering the snow on the ground!

  7. JulieVR
    January 15, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Hi Leslie – I got mine at Calgary Co-op! It’s one of those living lettuces.. so it doesn’t go wilty as quickly!

  8. Melanie
    January 15, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Hey! I just bought a couple grapefruit last week too! It’s never on my grocery list and I thoroughly enjoyed them. I may have to buy more and make this salad!

  9. Leslie
    January 16, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    That’s what I thought Julie, can’t decide if I am going make the gnocchi with bacon tomorrow or the slow cooker baked beans thx for the great site, its one I hit regularly

  10. suchalab
    January 17, 2013 at 8:20 am

    this looks like a lovely fresh combo. Just returned from holidays and we enjoyed an artistically created watermelon feta salad, somewhat along the same line. It was very good too.

    Made your wonderful bacon jam pre Christmas as a Christmas gift and on that note I have to share about a new discovery (at least for me) also from our recent holiday…
    are you ready: Dark Covered Chocolate Crispy Bacon! OMGoodness, to die for 🙂

    Have to try and recreate it now I am home. Julie a challenge in your future, to come up with your own version of this?

  11. Sandy
    January 22, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    We tried this salad (with the live butter lettuce from Co-op) and it was so deeeelicious! It’ll be part of our menu now for sure. Almost forgot to add the feta, but glad I did because it really added to the overall taste.

  12. Lee-Ann
    March 6, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    I made this yesterday…best salad this week!

  13. Wazifa for Hajat
    June 17, 2015 at 5:51 am

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  14. Patrizia
    February 17, 2016 at 5:22 am

    Great taste! I’ll definitely make it again and again, so simple but so good!

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