Grapefruit Avocado Salsa

Monday, March 26, 2012

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Spring is in full swing here. Cherry trees are abloom. Last week the weather being upwards of 70's, it was starting to feel more like summer. (As my husband says: never trust a rodent with important life decisions). With the summer-like breeze coming through an open window, I couldn't help but be reminded of summer meals from last year, going picnicking, and eating freshly grilled dinner on a weekend summer night in my mom's back yard. The weather was making me crave something fruity, fresh and flavorful.

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Last week we also received a box of grapefruit as part of Harry and David's fruit of the month club (courtesy of my husband's parents), which I always look forward to. And when this box arrived, the smell of fresh, ripe grapefruit was almost too tempting. Every time I passed the bowl with the fruit emanating its citrusy, slightly bitter smell I kept thinking up different recipes. A day or so later I was making an avocado salsa, and a grapefruit somehow found its way in.

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Although I usually don't like dishes that mix sweet or fruity flavors with piquant or salty flavors, the recipe uses avocados and tomatoes, which are technically classified as "fruits." As a result, even my skeptical palate found that the interloping grapefruit actually complemented the other ingredients.

To prepare the grapefruit for the salsa, cut it in half crosswise. Then with a knife carefully separate the pulpy flesh from the white membrane.

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Then simply lift each section with a spoon and place into a bowl.

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This salsa is bursting with both flavor and color. I especially love how the individual flavors combine together: the sweet, pungent taste of cherry tomatoes, the crunchy, juicy sweetness of the yellow bell pepper, the gentle buttery taste of the avocado along with the slight bitterness and the tangy flavor of the grapefruit, all drizzled with a tad of lime juice.

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We had the salsa as a snack with chips. It would also go really well with lemon-marinaded chicken breast or white fish fillets, or you can use it as a topping for tacos.

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Grapefruit Avocado Salsa
(Serves 4-6)

You will need
1 red grapefruit
1 avocado, peeled, pitted and finely chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, cored and finely chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro
Juice of 1/2 lime
A dash of white pepper
Salt, to taste

Directions
1. Cut the grapefruit in half crosswise, then carefully slice to separate each grapefruit section from its surrounding membrane. Spoon out the sections and place in a large bowl. Repeat with the other grapefruit half and discard the remaining peel.
2. Add avocado, bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, and cilantro to the bowl with the grapefruit. Drizzle with lime juice and season with salt and pepper. Gently toss to combine. Spoon out into a serving bowl. Serve as an appetizer with tortilla chips, or as a topping for fish or chicken.

9 comments:

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

I can never find a good avocado! Teach me your ways! This looks delish!

Simply Tia said...

I love how beautiful all your photos are! This salad looks healthy and extremely refreshing! Yum.

Kat said...

Alycia - I literally grope the avocados until I find the perfect one (just grab one and press on it slightly). Too soft and it's rotten. If it gives in little, it's just right. If it's rock hard, you can let them ripen on your windowsill, they'll be perfect in a day or two!

Willow said...

So beautiful! You'd think the combination of avocado and grapefruit would be odd, but I love it. Creamy and rich, light and citrusy... mmm! This salsa is seriously tempting my taste buds!

Eileen said...

That salsa does look beautiful--a lovely color combination! And I bet the grapefruit is not just delicious, but keeps the avocado green with its acidity. I'd love to try this over a simple seared fish.

Mimi said...

ohmygosh, yum! this looks so fresh and so healthy! :)

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Jordi Jordan said...

very good salad for spring!

I congratulate you on your blog.
Is very nice, fantastic photos and good recipes.

Thanks for following.

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@Guacgrl said...

Sounds and looks so delicious and healthy! Will certainly try it in my near future! YUM!
Will share on our FB Page/Recipes and Tips with an incoming link! THANKS

 

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