A delicious and filling autumn salad with just a few simple ingredients, this spinach salad with grapefruit is great on its own or to accompany a protein main. Soft avocado combines with crunchy nuts and sweet citrus for a yummy and healthy option that is gluten and dairy-free.
Inspiration for this salad struck me when I looked out my window and saw the grapefruit tree sagging with the weight of so many grapefruit. My first thought of what to do with grapefruit is to eat them with a spoon, however, I wanted to find options to incorporate the fruit into other meals.
I have a major sweet tooth and already enjoy all manners of fruit on my salads – pear, apples, even blueberries. I wondered,” why not grapefruit?” So, I combined some of my favorite flavors to create a salad that is crunchy, sweet, tangy, and full of flavor.
It also has some hidden benefits – consuming vitamin C (in the grapefruit) alongside spinach helps to increase iron absorption!
What you need to make this spinach salad with grapefruit
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- Baby spinach leaves (these have a milder flavor than mature spinach when eaten raw)
- Any combination of roast nuts and/or fruit
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Black pepper
This salad is super easy to prepare – all you need to do is cut up some avocado and grapefruit, mix everything together, and you are set!
Hidden benefits of this spinach salad
Disclaimer: Statements regarding health benefits are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition.
This delicious spinach salad with grapefruit and avocado is full of health benefits. Check it out:
Spinach is one of the healthiest dark green leafy vegetables according to Explore Health. Low in calories and fat-free, spinach is high in antioxidants and nutrients including vitamins A, B (folate), C, and K, plus iron, magnesium, potassium and calcium. It is believed to support brain health, help manage blood pressure, and helps to protect the eyes.
Grapefruit is high in nutrients, antioxidants, and fiber. It may aid in weight loss, help prevent insulin resistance diabetes, improve heart health, and benefit the immune system. (Source: Healthline)
Avocados are high in monounsaturated fats, which, according to BBC Good Food may protect against heart disease and lower blood pressure. In addition, avocados are a good source of potassium, folate, and fiber.
Dress up your spinach salad
Salads can be dressed up in any number of ways.
- Why not try adding some grilled chicken for protein. (Or serve it as a side dish along with your favourite chicken dinner.)
- Mix it up with a delicious pomegranate balsamic (a personal favourite).
- Add other seasonal vegetables – tomatoes or shredded carrot are fantastic.
- Toss on some freshly roasted pumpkin seeds.
- 1 ½ cups loose baby spinach leaves
- ½ avocado
- ½ grapefruit
- 1/4 cup nut mix
- ½ Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- Black pepper to taste
- Rinse spinach leaves and place in the bowl.
- Cut the avocado (saving half for another salad).
- Peel and cut the grapefruit (saving half for another salad).
- Add avocado, grapefruit, and nuts on top of the spinach.
- Drizzle balsamic vinegar and add pepper to taste.
- Serve and enjoy.
Optional: Use a dried fruit and nut mix, rather than just nuts. This will increase the sweet flavor and reduce the fat content. Also, unsalted nuts will reduce the sodium content.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 Salad
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 491Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 27gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 316mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 19gSugar: 13gProtein: 17g
Nutritional information isn't always accurate and it will vary based on the specific ingredients used.
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About the author
Melissa Albom is a creative working in the costume and fashion industries. She enjoys all manners of crafting, from knitting to sewing, and also loves getting crafty in the kitchen!
You can check out her work on Instagram at @melissa.albom