Keep all your New Year's resolutions, without feeling like you're giving up the yummy stuff. This vegetarian Grapefruit, Avocado and Arugula Salad is all sorts of seasonal, plant-based goodness, in one yummy bowl.

Light, refreshing, and a welcome change from the heavy comfort foods of winter, this delicious Grapefruit Salad is simple to toss together. Healthy, bright, and perfect as a side dish for any meal or make it dinner by topping with grilled chicken or shrimp. 

To easily peel your grapefruit for this salad, simply slice the rind from a grapefruit, then use a small, sharp knife to cut individual wedges from the fruit.

Grapefruit Avocado Salad

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Fun Flavor Twists

Enjoy this recipe as written below. Or try these easy upgrades:

  • Orange It Yummy. Swap in oranges for grapefruits for a tasty citrus twist.
  • Make it Easy. If you don’t have time to slice and peel the grapefruit, opt for ready-to-go grapefruit wedges, available in the refrigerated produce section of most grocery stores.
  • Change Up the Cheese. This salad tastes delicious with any zesty soft cheese. Bleu cheese, feta or gorgonzola are all nice flavor matches.

Grapefruit Avocado Salad

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This light and refreshing salad makes a great side to any dish. Or top with grilled chicken or shrimp to make it a meal.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 15 minutes


  • • 1/2 cup pecans
  • • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • • 1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
  • • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • • pinch chili powder
  • • 6 cups arugula
  • • 2 pink grapefruit, peeled and wedged
  • • 1 avocado, sliced thin
  • • 1 tablespoon chopped purple onion
  • • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • • salt to taste
  • • 1/4 cup feta Cheese


In a small saucepan, heat the pecans, sugar, lemon juice, garlic salt, onion powder, and chili powder over medium-high heat until the sugar begins to boil. Stir constantly until the sugar thickens and clings to the pecans. Turn out onto a piece of parchment and allow to cool completely. In a medium bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Add toasted pecans and toss to combine. Enjoy immediately.


  • Serving Size: 4
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