Grapefruit and Greens: A Refreshing Winter Salad

I love to eat grapefruit with mixed greens and avocado in the winter. The grapefruit is so sweet, acidic, and refreshing, that I crave it all winter. That’s fortunate because winter is when they are in season. They fill the void left by the absence of vine-ripened tomatoes.


It helps that I have incredibly fine memory associations with grapefruit. My grandfather grew grapefruit trees in his backyard in Hollywood, Florida. My grandmother loved it when my siblings came to visit because then they could be the ones to climb the trees to reach the high fruit instead of Granddaddy.

Even my infant son got to join in on the fun.

Salad greens: I enjoy spring mix and baby spinach
1 Sweet Scarlett grapefruit, peeled, sliced and quartered
2 green onions, sliced
2 tablespoons sliced almonds
1 avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
Rotisserie chicken or salmon
Feta or goat cheese
Everyday Salad Dressing

Mise en Place:


Prep the grapefruits: Check out this very clever method of peeling and slicing oranges and grapefruit that I learned on a navel orange farm. You will wonder how you got this far in your life without knowing how to do this.
oranges navel mary

Remove grapefruit seeds. Cut the sliced grapefruit into bite-sized chunks. Save the grapefruit juice from the cutting board to pour into the salad.

oranges navel mary

Slice the green onions and avocados. Add all the ingredients to a salad bowl.

Add my Everyday Salad Dressing and toss.

Lunch is served.

Other Salads
Meera’s Arugula, Feta, Cherry, and Toasted Almond Salad
Roasted Beet Salad
Marlin’s Black-Eyed Pea Salad
Blanched String Beans with Vinaigrette

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21 thoughts on “Grapefruit and Greens: A Refreshing Winter Salad

  1. Have dazzled all my friends and eaten more grapefruit in the last year than in my whole life just because I now use your method of cutting up oranges and grapefruit! Best tip I’ve ever gotten. The citrus industry (especially grapefruit) would boom if everyone knew this method! Thanks Judy!

  2. I’ve been eating grapefruit lately, and it really is a craving! But I’ll have to check out your prep technique, because I have been indulging myself (it’s February) by buying bug jars of grapefruit segments. I also never thought of adding grapefruit to greens, but now I’m thinking about trying it soon.
    BTW, I added you to my Feedly blog reader list after the first post I read here and haven’t missed one since, but I don’t know if that shows up as a “follow” or not. So I just clicked your Follow button. We’ll see if anything happens 😉

    1. Quinn, you are about the tenth person in the last 24 hours who has told me they too CRAVE grapefruit in the winter. I vonder what dat means. Also, make sure you use a spring mix that has a few bitter greens in it. This salad doesn’t work- at all- with romaine or iceberg.
      Feedly doesn’t show up. I’ll have to Google what that is. I usually see your posts on Bloglovin’. Thanks for subscribing!

  3. You have inspired my husband and I to start Whole30 on Monday! We will add this to our “must make” recipes! And – I’ve added garlic pepper to our grocery list for your salad dressing recipe. Thanks, Judy!

    1. Anne, thanks for subscribing to the blog! Whole30 is easy to stay on. Look at my recipe for Spaghetti squash and give it a dry. We roast one once a week. We like eggs fried in olive oil for breakfast, salad with a protein for lunch and then change up dinner most nights. Good luck. Thanks for writing!

  4. I LOVE grapefruit. But it does not play nice with one of my medicines, so I can’t have it now. This recipe makes me even sadder about that.

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