Grapefruit and Greens: A Refreshing Winter Salad

I love to eat grapefruit with mixed greens in the wintertime. The grapefruit is so light and refreshing that I crave it in the winter, and that’s fortunate because that’s when they are in season.  In a weird way, grapefruits fill the void left by tomatoes.


It helps that I have incredibly fine memory associations with grapefruit. My grandfather used to grow grapefruit in his backyard in Hollywood, Florida. My grandmother loved when my siblings came to visit because then they would climb the trees to reach the tough ones instead of Granddaddy.

Even my son got to join in on the fun.

Back to my lunch salads. I continue to be on Whole30, so I’m not eating dairy these days. Otherwise, I would add feta or goat cheese to this salad.

salad greens: spring mix or baby spinach
Sweet Scarlett grapefruit, peeled, sliced and quartered
2 green onions, sliced
2 tablespoons sliced almonds
½  avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
cooked chicken or salmon (optional)
feta or goat cheese (optional)
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.


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19 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!

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