Grapefruit Avocado Salad with Arugula

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This grapefruit avocado salad is the perfect winter salad with a blend of spicy arugula, creamy avocado, blue cheese and fruit. Serve as a side or add protein to make it the main dish. 

As some of you might know, I’m a Valentine’s Day baby and for the most part I LOVE it (pun fully intended). It feels extra special to be born on a holiday based around chocolate, hearts, kisses and sweetness, but sometimes it can really stink.

A shallow bowl filled with grapefruit avocado salad with arugula.

When I was younger (and none of my friends had significant others longer than 2 weeks at a time) it was fine, but now it’s quite hard to find a friend that doesn’t already have plans on February 14th. And then there’s the issue of going out to dinner to celebrate. In case you didn’t know, everyone and their brother makes reservations to go out to a nice dinner on Valentine’s Day, most restaurants don’t serve their normal menu and the prices always seem more expensive. Same goes for flowers!

So with all that in mind, Isaac and I usually go out to dinner before or after the big day and we just cook at home on Valentine’s Day.

A fork holding up a bite of salad over a bowl.

This salad came about one year when I knew we’d be staying at home and it was inspired by a recipe that one of my BFs shared with me years ago.

An overhead shot of a shallow bowl of grapefruit avocado salad with arugula.

Grapefruit is in season throughout the winter months and the red and pink fits right in with the Valentine’s Day color scheme so if you’re staying in this year, why not make your valentine (or yourself) this delicious salad? I am betting, you’ll fall head over heels in love with the blend of spicy arugula, creamy avocado, blue cheese and fruit. You can serve it up as a first course or side salad OR add some protein and serve it up as your main entree. I think it would be fantastic with seafood – maybe grilled shrimp, scallops or salmon.

Grapefruit Avocado Arugula Salad

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This grapefruit avocado salad is the perfect winter salad with a blend of spicy arugula, creamy avocado, blue cheese and fruit. Serve as a side or add protein to make it a main dish. 
A shallow bowl filled with grapefruit avocado salad with arugula.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 3-4 cups fresh arugula or other baby greens
  • 1 grapefruit, segmented
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 2-3 T walnuts, chopped
  • 2-3 T fresh blue cheese, crumbled
  • 2-3 T dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup basic balsamic dressing

Instructions
 

  • Divide arugula between two salad bowls. Top each with the remaining ingredients. Serve with balsamic dressing.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/2 of recipe Calories: 338kcal Carbohydrates: 27g Protein: 6g Fat: 24g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 8g
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grapefruit avocado salad

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    25 comments
    1. Jess@atasteofconfidence
      February 13, 2011 AT 1:21 pm

      happy early birthday!
      my boyfriend and i are staying in and making dinner:)

    2. LauraJayne
      February 13, 2011 AT 12:40 pm

      Happy Birthday tomorrow! That salad looks amazing – and I’ll think I’ll have a pre-Valentine’s Day meal of it today! Have a great birthday AND Valentine’s Day!

    3. Mandy@ One Hungry Mess
      February 13, 2011 AT 12:22 pm

      You really can’t go wrong with avocado and blue cheese. Yum!

    4. Lauren @ vegology
      February 13, 2011 AT 11:41 am

      Cute idea! Kyle and I are staying in for V-day this year, and this salad might make it onto the menu. Have fun in NYC!

      1. Lauren @ vegology
        February 15, 2011 AT 7:25 pm

        Update. . . . made this salad last night and it was a hit! Thanks for the great recipe!

        1. Eating Bird Food
          February 15, 2011 AT 11:09 pm

          YAY! So glad you enjoyed the salad Lauren!! Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

    5. Monet
      February 13, 2011 AT 12:29 am

      It does seem just perfect that you are a V-day baby. You are just too sweet not to be one! I think Ryan and I are going to stay in too. It is too crazy in Austin on that night. We like to go out before or after the big day to avoid the long waits, busy and tired kitchens, and the traffic! I hope you have a wonderful Sunday…and an even better Monday. Rest, rejuvenate and spread some love!

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