Bibb-and-Citrus Salad with Sesame Crunch

bib and citrus salad
Photo: The Ingalls
Prep Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 10 mins
6 to 8 Serves

Colorful and fresh, with ruby-red grapefruit, avocado, and soft lettuce leaves, this salad is a lively mix of flavors and textures. Tender herbs and a sesame-almond crunch make it truly next level.


Sesame Crunch

  • ½ cup coarsely chopped almonds

  • ¼ cup white sesame seeds

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 1 tablespoon whisked egg white (from 1 large egg)


  • 3 ruby-red grapefruits

  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

  • 3 tablespoons white-wine vinegar

  • teaspoon ground coriander

  • 2 tablespoons almond oil

  • 4 tablespoons neutral oil, such as safflower or grapeseed

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 3 heads Bibb or Boston lettuce, outside leaves discarded, inner leaves washed well and dried

  • 3 avocados, peeled, pitted, and cut into ¼-inch slices

  • ½ cup lightly packed fresh herbs, such as parsley or mint, or a combination


  1. Sesame Crunch:

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine almonds, sesame seeds, coriander, sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a bowl. Add egg white and stir to combine. Spread mixture into a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet.

  2. Roast, stirring once, until golden and crunchy, about 12 minutes. If sticking to pan, scrape up with a spatula, then let cool completely. Crunch can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week. (Makes 3/4 cup.)

  3. Salad:

    Remove peel and white pith from grapefruits. Slice 2 into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Hold remaining grapefruit over a bowl and cut between membranes, allowing segments to fall into bowl. Squeeze juice into bowl.

  4. Whisk together mustard, vinegar, 2 teaspoons juice, and coriander. Gradually whisk in both oils until thick and emulsified. Season with salt and pepper.

  5. Toss lettuce with 1/4 cup dressing; season with salt and pepper. Serve with avocados, grapefruit slices and segments, herbs, and sesame crunch, drizzled with more dressing.

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