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California Citrus & Avocado Salad

The awesome flavors in this salad remind me of my childhood in Southern California. My great-uncle had an orchard, so our family meals were filled with avocados, citrus fruits and nuts of all varieties. —Catherine Cassidy, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings (1 cup each)


  • 10 cups torn Bibb or Boston lettuce
  • 1-1/2 cups orange sections (about 2 medium oranges)
  • 1 cup ruby red grapefruit sections (about 1 medium grapefruit)
  • 2 medium ripe avocados, peeled and cubed
  • 3 tablespoons ruby red grapefruit juice
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup crumbled queso fresco or feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup pistachios, chopped


  • Place lettuce, oranges, grapefruit and avocados in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk grapefruit juice, oil, honey and salt until blended. Drizzle over salad and toss gently to coat. Sprinkle with cheese and pistachios. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 132 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 134mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1 vegetable.

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  • pols005
    Oct 4, 2018

    I cut the salt down in this recipe and used goat cheese instead of the queso fresco. It turned out really well.

  • heidiclark1
    May 19, 2016

    We enjoyed this salad and I will make it again. A nice alternative! I think I might try orange juice rather than grapefruit juice in the dressing next time.

  • toolbarsco
    Nov 16, 2014

    I've been trying to submit a review but keep getting a message to revise the inappropriate language and submit again!! I have no idea what the inappropriate language is but I'll try once more. Basically, our family loved the salad and the dressing. Citrus, avocado and nuts worked well together. Did not add the cheese--personal preferences.

  • ClareBeth81
    Oct 27, 2014

    When I saw the main ingredients I had high hopes for this recipe because they are all things that I enjoy eating. But something about the dressing made the entire salad, almost bitter. I even tried modifying the dressing (with regular vegetable oil) after finding that the evoo was really over-powering and that didn't seem to help.