This is a special-occasion salad that pairs grapefruit segments with creamy avocado, pungent red onion, crunchy pomegranate seeds and aromatic, herby basil. Look for grapefruit with firm, shiny skin that are heavy for their size, which means they will have lots of juice. Store grapefruit for 1 week at room temperature or 1 month in the refrigerator.

Lori Longbotham
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2012


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  • Place onion in a small bowl of cold water to soak. Set aside.

  • Finely grate 1 teaspoon zest (see Tips) and squeeze 2 tablespoons juice from lemon. Whisk the zest and juice, oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl.

  • Peel grapefruit with a sharp knife, removing all peel and white pith. Working over the large bowl, cut the segments from the surrounding membranes and let them drop into the bowl. Squeeze the peels and membranes over the bowl to extract all the juice before discarding them. Halve, peel and pit avocado. Cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices, then cut the slices in half. Gently stir the avocado and pomegranate seeds into the grapefruit mixture.

  • Finely slice basil and drain the onion; gently stir into the grapefruit mixture. Arrange lettuce leaves on 4 salad plates, top with the grapefruit mixture and serve immediately.


Fill a large bowl with water. Lightly score the fruit into quarters from crown to stem end, cutting through the skin but not into the interior. Hold it under water and break it apart. Use your hands to separate the seeds (arils) from the outer skin and white pith. The seeds will drop to the bottom of the bowl and the pith will float to the surface. Discard the pith. Drain the seeds in a colander.

When we call for citrus zest (i.e., 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest) we are referring to the finely grated outer rind (not including the white pith) of the citrus fruit. Use a microplane grater or the smallest holes of a box grater to grate the zest. In some cases we call for long strips or threads of zest. To get long strips, peel the citrus with a vegetable peeler. To remove long threads, use a 5-hole citrus zester or remove long strips of zest with a vegetable peeler, then use a knife to cut into very thin strips.

Nutrition Facts

184 calories; protein 2.8g; carbohydrates 21.9g; dietary fiber 6.3g; sugars 13.9g; fat 11.3g; saturated fat 1.6g; vitamin a iu 2533.1IU; vitamin c 64.1mg; folate 88.4mcg; calcium 43.5mg; iron 0.9mg; magnesium 35.3mg; potassium 593.5mg; sodium 146.2mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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Rating: 5 stars
This salad is insane. I want it for breakfast lunch and dinner! I agree with the other reviewer--definitely worth the effort. (FYI - EatingWell's tips on how to de-seed a pomegranate in a bowl of water are very helpful for this recipe!) Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Yummy! This is a really easy and delicious salad - especially if you can find pomegranate seeds (Trader Joe's carries them). Assembles quickly. I didn't have fresh basil used less red onion and tossed it with baby spinach. Served it at a luncheon with 3-layer finger sandwiches and it was the perfect counterpoint. Will definitely make again. Pros: wonderful winter salad Cons: none Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Lots of different flavors that work well together! This salad is SO good! It has so many different flavors and textures but it blends so nicely together! I did take me a while; however to peel and section the grapefruits and it was messy. I would definitely say this salad is worth the time and effort. Pros: Amazingly good! Cons: Takes more than a half hour Read More