The weather here in Central Florida has been spectacular this week – blue skies, fluffy white clouds, temps in the mid-70s to low 80s, cool breezes in the palm trees – it’s like living in a vacation postcard 🙂 The mint in my yard is growing like crazy, I picked enough peppermint to dry and use for peppermint tea, and I’m using the English mint in a great salad recipe that I can’t wait to share with you today! Grapefruit season stretches on at least through the end of this month and it’s getting to that time of year where people are tired of it and are leaving bags of it in the back hall at church or on people’s front porches. My avocado tree is already blooming, getting ready for next year, but I did find a big bag of five avocadoes for $4 at Sam’s Club.
I love all the different tastes and textures in this dish with juicy tart grapefruit, creamy rich avocado, and the mojito magic of the lime and mint all come together to create a salad that makes its own dressing. I’ve used spring mix, and I’ve used different kinds of head lettuces, but I also think arugula might be good with its peppery bite. Sturdy Romaine holds up well if you want leftovers. Peel and supreme the grapefruit right over the bowl you will use for the salad so you catch all the juices. Never supreme a grapefruit? It’s easy, but you need a sharp knife! Just peel the fruit including the white pith, then use the sharp knife to slice out the individual sections and tossing the membrane (but not before squeezing out any remaining juice into the bowl!)
- 2 large pink grapefruit
- ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
- juice from one lime (and a little zest if desired)
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 1 or 2 Hass type avocadoes
- 1 head of lettuce or bag of spring mix, washed and spun dry
- big handful of fresh mint leaves
- Peel and supreme the grapefruit catching the juices in the bowl.
- Peel, pit and chop the avocado.
- Chop or slice the lettuce into fork-size pieces.
- Finely slice the mint leaves.
- Combine all the ingredients in a large salad bowl and toss well to coat the lettuce and distribute the ingredients.
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