Healthy Recipe: Winter Salad with Grapefruit & Avocado

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Winter Salad with Citrus, Avocado & Pomegranate

Recipe by Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN | Photo by Erin Kunkel

When your taste buds (and waistline!) need a break from all of the rich dishes of the holiday season, try this delightful citrus salad. It’ll refresh your palate—plus give you a nutritious punch of vitamin C. It’s gorgeous enough to serve as an appetizer for special guests. But you can also spin it into an entrée—just add seared scallops or ahi tuna.

Ingredients

2 large oranges
2 ruby red grapefruits, such as Sweet Scarletts
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
8 cups (½ lb/250 g) baby spinach
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
¼ cup (1/3 oz/10 g) packed fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
½ avocado, pitted, peeled, and cubed
¼ cup (1½ oz/45 g) pomegranate seeds

Instructions

Grate the zest of one of the oranges and set aside. To prepare the oranges and grapefruits, cut off about ½ inch (12 mm) from the top and bottom of each fruit, just exposing the flesh. Stand upright and cut down, following the shape of the fruit, to completely remove the peel and pith. Then slice the flesh crosswise into thin rounds. Remove any large seeds. Set the orange and grapefruit rounds aside.

In a liquid measuring cup, whisk together the vinegar, olive oil, ¼ teaspoon salt, a few grinds of pepper, and the orange zest. Pour half of the vinaigrette into a large bowl. Add the spinach, onion, and ¼ cup mint and toss to coat. Gently fold in the avocado.

Arrange the dressed salad on individual plates. Top with the orange and grapefruit rounds, overlapping slightly. Drizzle with the remaining vinaigrette. Sprinkle with the pomegranate seeds and additional mint leaves and serve.

Makes 4 servings
Serving size: 1 salad

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

Calories 259
Protein 5 g
Carbs 43 g
Fiber 10 g
Fat 10 g
Saturated fat 1 g
Sugar 31 g
Sodium 196 mg

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