Avocado and Grapefruit Salad with Spicy Lime Vinaigrette


The combination of avocado and grapefruit makes a refreshing salad that's best served at the end of the meal.


  • 4 ripe avocados

  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 3 limes)

  • 4 ruby-red grapefruits

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 3 heads red-leaf lettuce (2 pounds)


  1. Cut avocados in half lengthwise, working around pit; twist to open. Remove pits; peel. Cut avocados into 1-inch pieces; toss in bowl with 1/4 cup lime juice.

  2. Using a sharp knife, cut away peel, pith, and outer membranes from grapefruits. Slice flesh crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick rounds; place in bowl.

  3. Make vinaigrette: Combine remaining 1/4 cup lime juice and honey in small bowl. Whisk in olive oil and red-pepper flakes; season with salt and pepper.

  4. Place lettuce in serving bowl. Season with salt and pepper; drizzle with a quarter of the vinaigrette. Toss well.

  5. Drizzle avocado pieces with three-quarters of remaining vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper; toss well. Scatter avocado and grapefruit slices over greens; drizzle salad with remaining vinaigrette.

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