Spinach, Grapefruit and Avocado Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

    30 minutes

    Consider this salad a trifecta of magic foods. Juicy, tart grapefruit makes a delicious contrast to the buttery avocado and crisp spinach. Serve it as an impressive starter salad or add cooked prawns and/or scallops and enjoy it as a refreshing warm-weather main dish.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 2 pink grapefruit
    • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar or rice vinegar
    • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
    • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
    • 1 teaspoon honey
    • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • SALAD
    • freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • 150 g baby spinach, rinsed and dried
    • 1 bunch radishes, trimmed and thinly sliced
    • 1 avocado, pitted and sliced

    Preparation:30min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Place a sieve over a medium bowl. Using a sharp knife, remove the skin and white pith from the grapefruit. Working over the sieve, cut the grapefruit segments from their surrounding membrane, letting the segments collect in the sieve and the juices collect in the bowl. When you have removed all of the segments, squeeze the membrane to extract as much juice as possible.
    2. Place ¼ cup of the grapefruit juice (reserve the remainder for another use) in a small bowl or a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Add vinegar, shallot, poppy seeds, honey, mustard, oil and pepper. Whisk or shake to blend.
    3. Just before serving, place spinach and radishes in a large bowl. Toss with half of the grapefruit juice dressing. Divide salad among 4 plates. Strew avocado slices and grapefruit segments over salads and drizzle with the remaining dressing.

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    For you information, vegans definitely do not eat honey. Let me explain: We consider it cruel as the bees make it for their own dietary needs, that is to feed their hives and sustain their young. The production of honey from a single bee over its entire lifetime is only one-twelfth of a teaspoon! So each tablespoon of honey represents the workload of thirty six bees!! Furthermore, to obtain the honey, the bees are smoked out of their hives, which goes straight into their eyes and respiratory system. Bees are killed in this process. Please remove the vegan label or adjust your recipe accordingly.  -  16 Oct 2009