Most days I want everything but the kitchen sink on my salads. Well due to my lack of groceries in the fridge, I had to make do with what I had. This is the ultimate test. Sometimes I pretend I'm on an episode of Chopped and Alton Brown is counting down as I prepare to open my basket of surprises.
Today wasn't so bad, I had enough to make a simple citrus salad. Sometimes, simplicity is best (and quite frankly, easier). But orange or grapefruit? I rummage some more. Ah, avocado! Now I remember a recipe I wanted to try awhile back, grapefruit and avocado salad.
Now, I consider grapefruit an acquired taste. It really smacks you in the taste buds with it's bitterness and acidity. The solution is to balance the flavors. The honey and sesame oil based dressing adds sweetness and nuttiness. And a salad is nothing without texture, so I finished it off with crumbled wonton strips.
I'll show you, step by step, how to supreme a grapefruit. It's always fun to learn a new skill!
First, since off the ends, so there are two flat sides.
This next part may be tricky. Place the grapefruit one of the flat sides. Carefully slice along the curved shape of the grapefruit, ensuring the peel is removed, but not too much of the delicious flesh! Do this until there is no more peel on the grapefruit.
Careful with this step, slippery fruit and a sharp knife can have bad results. Turning the grapefruit on its side, cut evenly into slices.
It’s refreshing, rich, and bright. I used a bed of spinach, but if you’d like a more minimal look, just arrange the grapefruit and avocado slices on your plate and season and dress how you’d like.
grapefruit + avocado salad
serves 1-2, 10 min prep time
1 avocado, sliced
1 grapefruit, supremed
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/4 cup wonton strips
1 tablespoon honey
bed of greens, such as spinach or arugula
Supreme the grapefruit — see above example.
Slice the avocado, lengthwise.
Make a quick dressing by mixing the olive oil, honey and a touch of excess grapefruit juice.
Dress salad and season with salt and pepper and crush won’t strips on top before serving!
TIP: Avoid browning by using citrus juice — the excess grapefruit juice is a great choice!