Let’s talk about my new obsession: grapefruit.
It was a fruit I never used to give much attention-I found it too bitter and tart on its own and the whole idea of cutting it in half, slathering it with sugar, and eating it with a spoon for breakfast simply never appealed to me. And those grapefruit diets? Bizarre.
Until we were in Texas last weekend and I had the most amazing salad with grapefruit in it at a restaurant that changed my mind. So fresh, so juicy, the tart flavor combining perfectly with the other flavors, including kale and lemon.
I started to notice the Texas grapefruit on display in the grocery stores everywhere, as they are in the height of their season right now, and ever since getting back, have had it on my mind to buy some and incorporate it in some way into a dish. Yesterday I had it with some Greek yogurt and a banana and it was delicious.
Today, I made a simple salad with just kale, avocado, and grapefruit, topped with some lemon olive oil dressing. So simple, fresh, and in season.
I’ve been loving bright citrus lately in these bitter cold winter days. Something about the bright, cheerful colors and juiciness….maybe it’s one of those biological signals that points to a Vitamin C deficiency? Who knows. A doctor I am not.
This kale salad is the perfect light lunch or side dish that only takes minutes to make, as only a handful of ingredients are required. The avocado gives it a nice protein boost but feel free to make it heartier by adding nuts, sunflower seeds, or even a protein such as chicken or shrimp. Whatever you do, just make it soon. I’m craving it again already.
Grapefruit, Kale, and Avocado Kale Salad with Lemon Olive Oil Dressing
- 1 cup Tuscan Kale, stems removed
- ½ red grapefruit, peeled and cut into bite size pieces
- ½ avocado, cut into bite size pieces
For the Lemon Olive Oil Dressing:
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 ½ tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
Add kale to a bowl, add dressing, mix, and let sit for 10 minutes.
Add grapefruit and avocado and stir to combine. Eat!
I hope this bright, colorful salad brings you some cheer during these bitter cold days.