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avocado and grapefruit salad with broiled salmon

Avocado and Grapefruit Salad with Broiled Salmon

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For a lovely spring or summer lunch, or light dinner, look no further. Grapefruit and avocado are one of those magic flavor combos that is as unexpected as it is delightful. In this entree salad, the two combine with wild salmon, snappy sliced almonds, tender greens, and an addicting Maple Mustard Vinaigrette that will knock your socks off. 

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Avocado and Grapefruit Salad with Broiled Salmon

Avocado and Grapefruit Salad with Broiled Salmon

Yield: 4
Author: Ginny Mahar
Prep time: 30 MinCook time: 10 MinTotal time: 40 Min
Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Paleo, Low-Carb.


  • 1 1/2 lb. salmon filet
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • fine sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 head leaf lettuce, or 2 heads bibb lettuce
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 large grapefruit
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced almonds
  • 2 sprigs fresh mint
Maple Mustard Dressing (Makes 1 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 cup champagne or white wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons stone-ground mustard
  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoon coconut aminos or tamari
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt 
  • Freshly cracked pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced shallot
  • 2/3 cup walnut oil (sub. avocado or olive oil)


  1. First, segment or "supreme" the grapefruit. Slice ends from grapefruit and then slice away the remaining peel, working your knife along the grapefruit flesh until you have a completely peeled ball. Use your knife edge to carefully slice each segment away from the membrane.
  2. Squeeze the juice from the remaining membrane into a small dish and reserve it for dressing. 
  3. To prepare the dressing: Combine the first 8 ingredients in a small mixing bowl and whisk vigorously to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired, keeping in mind this will be diluted with oil. Slowly drizzle in the walnut oil, whisking vigorously to emulsify. Taste again and adjust seasoning. Set aside.
  4. In a small, dry skillet toast the almonds over medium heat until fragrant and lightly browned. Set aside to cool.
  5. Place a rack in center of oven and preheat the broiler. Place salmon on a rimmed, parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush the fish with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.
  6. Place on center rack of oven and broil 7 to 10 minutes, or longer depending on thickness). Remove from oven and let rest. Check thickest part of the filet for doneness. 
  7. Meanwhile, wash the lettuce and spin dry. Slice the avocado. Arrange lettuce in serving bowls, and top with avocado and grapefruit. Sprinkle with toasted almonds. Top each salad with 1/4 of the salmon, and garnish with freshly torn mint leaves.

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