I’ve recently become aware that I really like grapefruit. And from a most unexpected source: my six-year-old daughter. As a child myself growing up in Florida, I found grapefruit to be worthless abominations that were Not Tangerines. They were bitter, full of seeds, bitter, not tasty, bitter, and made a rotten fruit mess of the backyard. I will admit to a certain thrill and eewww-factor when a mushy grapefruit got pulverized by the lawn mower. So, see? No love lost.
But then one day during this past year, Adeline tried a grapefruit, and, yes, it did have a healthy topping of powdered sugar, but she tasted it, liked it, and then proceded to devour the whole thing, including the juices, with abandon and impolite sucking noises. I eyed the other half of the fruit and thought, heck, don’t I always encourage them to try things? Shouldn’t I pony up to this grapefruit?
So I did. And wow, it was wonderful! Tangy, fresh, sweet, and, yes, still slightly bitter, but not unpleasantly so. I ate that sucker, Adeline happily drank the juice, and my worldview of grapefruit was changed.
When I saw this salad on Pinterest (love me some Pinterest – yes!!), I thought, let’s go for it! When I saw the recipe was from Lauren Conrad, I thought who? what? why…? (Seriously, who is this person, and why is she a thing?) When I served it to my seder guests, I was a bit nervous. When they loved it and went back for seconds and thirds, I knew we had a keeper recipe. Thanks, Lauren Conrad, whoever you are!
Citrus, Mango, Avocado Salad
adapted from Lauren Conrad
2 navel orange
bag of baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup real maple syrup
2 tablespoons olive oil
- Segment grapefruit and orange by removing both ends, cutting off all the peel, and cutting each segment of fruit between the white membranes. Do this over a bowl to save the juice that will spill out.
- Slice avocado and mango into large dices.
- Gently mix avocado and mango with citrus.
- Mix reserved grapefruit juice with maple syrup and oil.
- Plate baby spinach topped with a heap of the fruit mixture.
- Drizzle dressing on the salad, then top with sliced almonds.