Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Kale, Avocado, and Grapefruit Salad

kale grapefruit and avocado salad recipe

A couple of years ago I went to a random fast-food, but super healthy restaurant in Phoenix.  I don't remember the name or where it was, but I do remember a delicious salad that I had there.  It was a simple salad of spinach, chicken, avocado and grapefruit.  I'm heading to Phoenix again in a little over a week, for some much needed sunshine and family time, and thinking about my trip reminded me of the salad.  I decided to create my own version, and the result was a tasty and certainly healthy salad.  The night before making this, I had made chicken pie with kale, but I only used half of the chicken and half of the kale.  So I took the leftovers and added grapefruit, feta, and avocado.  I used the avocado as "dressing" by massaging it into the kale with some lemon juice.  I learned this method from my sister, she is a kale salad master.  And yes, we "massage" the kale.  It needs a little massage to make it tender enough to eat raw in a salad.  So, have you hopped on the kale bandwagon yet?

Kale, Avocado, and Grapefruit Salad
Serves 2

3 cups kale, chopped
1/2 avocado
1 cup chopped cooked chicken
1 ruby red or pink grapefruit, cut into supremes*
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
2 tablespoons chopped pistachios

Clean the kale well and chop it into half inch pieces.  Take the avocado, cut it into small pieces and then massage the avocado into the kale.  As you massage, the avocado will break down and coat the kale.  Squeeze the lemon juice over the kale, season with salt and pepper, and then massage again.  Let the kale sit for about 10-20 minutes (if you don't have pre-cooked chicken, use this time to cook your chicken).

Cut the grapefruit into supremes (see a tutorial from the Kitchn).  Mix the chicken and crumbled feta cheese into the kale.  Divide the kale and chicken onto two plates. Top each plate with half the grapefruit and pistachios, and serve.

*Taste test your grapefruit before adding it to your salad.  Mine was sweet enough to use as it was, but if it is too bitter, sprinkle a little sugar or honey on the grapefruit before adding it to the salad.


  1. I'm on the kale bandwagon, but I've never had it raw. I'll try you massage tip though because that's why I always cook it. Thanks!

    1. You can also massage with olive oil and a bit of vinegar (balsamic, apple cider, etc.). Just do it at least 10 minutes in advance of eating the salad :)

  2. Your sister took kale and swiss chard to the Herb Pharm for her dinner tonight....I am sure she is massaging it also! Salad sounds yummy!

  3. Oh yum. I gotta show mini-me this one. She is a kale fan.

  4. This has all my favorite ingredients!!! It's like sunshine on a plate :-)

  5. I'd LOVE this salad (sans the chicken). Beautiful!

  6. Dorothy at ShockinglyDeliciousMarch 25, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    I really enjoyed exploring your blog and making your salad this month!


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