When someone first introduced this fruit salad to me years ago, I turned my nose up at it. The combo didn't sound appealing to me. Who knew that a Citrus Salad with Avocado and Grapefruit would be so good?! Now it is a salad we return to year after year. We've since added our favorite Arugula lettuce and crunchy pistachios to make it a winner in our book. What do you think?
Why we love this recipe:
It's addictive - Did I already mention that we crave this year after year? We love the citrusy grapefruit combined with the sweet poppyseed dressing and ripe avocado. This combo is a winner!
It's seasonal - When June arrives, I'm always looking for fresh new seasonal dishes to serve. Salads with fruit are something that we look forward to on hot summer days.
It's healthy - Grapefruit, avocado, arugula, and pistachio are ALL super healthy ingredients!
- Arugula - We love this peppery cruciferous green and eat it often.
- Grapefruit - We prefer the red grapefruit variety. They're a bit sweeter!
- Avocado - Make sure to pick a fully ripened avocado. It should be dark brown in color and give a little when you squeeze it.
- Pistachios - We keep a supply of these in our freezer. It is best for long term storage and they make great salad toppers.
- Poppyseed dressing
Note: Refer to the recipe card below for exact quantities.
How to Make Arugula Citrus Salad with Grapefruit and Avocado
Step One: Prepare the Dressing
There are several ways to prepare homemade salad dressings:
1). Use a bowl to whisk or stir the ingredients together.
2). Put all of your ingredients in a mason jar with a lid, then give it a little shake.
3). Use a stick blender to blend the salad dressing ingredients together. This is helpful if the dressing includes a garlic clove or anchovies.
4). Use an oil and vinegar dispenser with your favorite extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar to drizzle on salads as needed.
Homemade salad dressings are easy to make if you keep some essential ingredients on hand. See our Top 10 Favorite Salad Dressing Recipes for the dressings we love the most.
Step Two: Prepare Ingredients
Wash all lettuce and produce thoroughly, then set it aside to drain in a colander. While lettuce is draining, peel and section the grapefruit so that the bitter membrane is removed. Remove the seed of the avocado and dice it into salad-sized portions.
Step Four: Assemble and Serve
Assemble the salad in layers with Arugula on the bottom, followed by peeled grapefruit, avocado, and crushed pistachios.
Add a small amount of dressing and give it a good toss. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary. Serve immediately.
- Nuts - Pine nuts or slivered almonds would make a great substitute for pistachios.
- Lettuce - Butter lettuce would be another great option if you're not a fan of arugula.
- No lettuce - Many people prefer this salad without lettuce. The grapefruit and avocado can marinate in the dressing and it makes a great
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Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 2-3 days.
This dish is not freezer friendly.
Have leftover ingredients?
- Are you a grapefruit lover? Try this Bruleed Grapefruit recipe.
- Have extra pistachios on hand? Toss them on top of this Roasted Beet and Mandarin Orange Salad.
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Yes! Did you know that one grapefruit contains more Vitamin C than an orange? Grapefruits help boost immunity, aid in weight loss, are heart healthy, and are high in antioxidants. There are known drug interactions with grapefruit though, so be sure to do your research if taking prescription medication.
Red grapefruit is sweeter and contains more Vitamin A, while white grapefruit tends to be more tart.
Yes! Arugula is considered a cruciferous vegetable. It is full of antioxidants and rich in nutrients. For this reason, it would be a great leafy green to add to any healthy smoothie for weight loss benefits.
Yes! Many people think they are vegetables because of their flavor. Since they meet the characteristics of a berry, however, botanists have declared them the "fruit" of the avocado tree.
Arugula Citrus Salad with Grapefruit and Avocado
- 2 tablespoon Poppyseed dressing
- 2 oz. Arugula
- ½ qty Grapefruit peeled and sectioned
- 1 small Avocado
- 1 tablespoon Crushed pistachios
- Wash hands and create a clean work area.
- Rinse fresh produce thoroughly.
- Do not use the same cutting board or utensils on cooked food or produce, that previously touched raw meat or seafood.
- Do not leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods.