Spinach & Grapefruit Salad

January/February 1994

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The combination of pink grapefruit sections, dark green spinach and white jícama is both visually and texturally appealing. Toasted poppy seeds give an extra lift.

"This was a hit with both my book group and my 17 year old son. I love the contrasting textures -- leafy greens, crunchy jicama and juicy grapefruit. "
Spinach & Grapefruit Salad

Makes: 8 servings

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  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 grapefruit, preferably pink or red
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon coarse-grain mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 12 ounces fresh spinach, trimmed, washed and torn (16 cups)
  • 1/2 small jicama, peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds, toasted (see Tip)


  1. Place onion in a small bowl, add cold water to cover and soak for 10 minutes. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, with a sharp knife, remove skin and white pith from grapefruit and discard. Working over a small bowl to catch the juice, cut the grapefruit segments from their surrounding membrane; reserve the segments in a small bowl. Measure 1/3 cup of the juice and set aside.
  3. Place garlic in a small saucepan and add water to cover. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Drain.
  4. Combine vinegar, oil, mustard, honey, the cooked garlic and reserved grapefruit juice in a blender and blend until creamy. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Combine spinach, jícama and reserved onions and grapefruit sections in a salad bowl. Drizzle with the dressing and toss. Arrange on salad plates and garnish with poppy seeds.

Tips & Notes

  • Tip: To toast poppy seeds: Place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.


Per serving: 102 calories; 4 g fat (1 g sat, 3 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 16 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 3 g protein; 4 g fiber; 110 mg sodium; 424 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (101% daily value), Vitamin C (78% dv), Folate (25% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1/2 fruit, 1 vegetable, 1 fat

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