Spinach Salad With Pomegranate, Avocado, and Grapefruit

Updated on June 30, 2018
Let your guests drizzle raspberry balsamic on top of their grapefruit avocado pomegranate spinach salad and enjoy.
Let your guests drizzle raspberry balsamic on top of their grapefruit avocado pomegranate spinach salad and enjoy. | Source

This salad is great as a side dish or as a meal. The tart grapefruit combined with the creamy, nutty flavor of avocado, matched with the pop of the edamame and the crunch of the pomegranate seeds provides a full sensory experience—elevating the classic spinach salad. Your guests will enjoy experiencing every bite.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 6 slices Bacon, cut into 1/2" pieces and cooked until crispy
  • 3 cups Baby spinach, cleaned and dry
  • 3 cups Butter lettuce, torn or cut for salad
  • 8 Mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • 1 cup Edamame, shelled and cooked
  • 1 cup Pomegranate seeds
  • 1 large Grapefruit, sectioned and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
  • 2 Tablespoons Raspberry balsamic, drizzle on salad
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  1. Cook the bacon until crispy.
  2. While the bacon cooks place the spinach and lettuce in a large shallow serving bowl.
  3. Clean the mushrooms pat dry and slice, place the slices on the spinach and lettuce.
  4. Sprinkle the edamame on the salad.
  5. Cube the avocado and gently separate the pieces and put on the salad.
  6. Sprinkle the pomegranate seeds on the salad.
  7. Section grapefruit: take the skin off of each section, cut each piece into 3rds and place on salad.
  8. Section grapefruit: take the skin off of each section, cut each piece into 3rds and place on salad.
  9. Crumble the gorgonzola on top.
  10. Serve with balsamic vinegar and freshly ground pepper.

Reinvent Your Spinach Salad with Seasonal Fruits and Veggies

Grapefruit pomegranates avocado and edamame bring this spinach salad to life
Grapefruit pomegranates avocado and edamame bring this spinach salad to life | Source

Tips

  • Crisp the bacon ahead of time or cook the bacon during the preparation of the salad ingredients to maximize your prep time.
  • For a vegetarian option use soy bacon bits, or serve both options on the side and let your guests select their choice of "bacon" options.
  • Use pre-shelled edamame to save time.
  • If using frozen edamame, defrost ahead of time.
  • To cut the avocado, slice the avocado in half lengthwise, take out the seed. Holding in half of the avocado in your palm, carefully cut the slices in the shell and use a large spoon to scoop out the cut pieces onto your salad.
  • To easily remove pomegranate seeds, cut the pomegranate in half, turn upside down over a bowl and gently hit the skin with a wooden spoon. The seeds will fall out into the bowl.
  • Sectioning the grapefruit is time consuming, and yet really makes the salad special so take the time to section each piece of the grapefruit and take the skin off each section. Here's some tips to make that go smoother - first peel the entire grapefruit, break it into two sections each with 4 segments, gently cut a slit along the top of the first rib of the first exposed segment and release the fruit. You may have to gently free the segment from the part that was attached to the peel. If it breaks, don't worry, that eliminates the cutting time, the end goal is to have pieces of grapefruit that are about 1 - 1 1/2 inches, perfect bite-sized.
  • This recipe is a nice balance of sweet and salty with a little crunch. If you want to add chopped walnuts, that would work too.
  • To toast the walnuts, place them in the oven at a low temperature 225 - 250 for 10 minutes, or cook on the stove top in a non-stick pan on low for 10 minutes. The advantage of toasting the walnuts is to bring out the natural oils of the nut increasing the flavor.
  • Sprinkle the warm walnuts over the salad just before serving for an added element.
  • I usually encourage people to experiment and add to suit their taste, but the balance of this recipe works well as is. If you do make some modifications I would love to hear about them—so please let me know!

These ingredients can transform a spinach salad

Add grapefruit, pomegranates, avocado, and edamame to brighten up your next spinach salad
Add grapefruit, pomegranates, avocado, and edamame to brighten up your next spinach salad | Source

Place several different flavors of balsamic vinegar on the table and let your guests experiment with various flavors.

To Dress The Salad

  • Drizzle a raspberry or other fruit balsamic on top of each salad just prior to serving
  • Croutons or broken garlic bread
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • A vinaigrette
  • Salad dressing
  • A squeeze of lemon
  • Capers
  • Red onion sliced thin marinated in a vinaigrette
  • Bacon or bacon bits

Consider preparing a tray of dressings for your guests to choose from and enjoy!

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    • Kathy Stutzman profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy Stutzman 

      5 months ago from When not traveling, located in Colorado or Minnesota

      Janisa - Please make this your own - I'd love to hear how you modified the recipe and how it all worked out!

    • JanisaChatte profile image

      Janisa 

      5 months ago from Earth

      What an exotic ingredient combination! Pomegranates and grapefruits are my favorite fruits, so I'd love to try it someday, but maybe without using all the listed ingredients. The salad looks great! :)

    • Kathy Stutzman profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy Stutzman 

      3 years ago from When not traveling, located in Colorado or Minnesota

      Keep me posted as you find things you can eat - I love developing new recipes. Good luck! Your coconut cookies are in the oven right now.

    • AprilApril profile image

      AprilApril 

      3 years ago from England

      It can be a difficult one to follow. It is a no grain and no starch diet but there is a lot of it that is difficult to explain. Some of your cheeses may not be suitable. I am rather new to it myself. Thank you for showing interest. I know I can eat a little bacon though and I love spinach! So this is what sparked my interest.

    • Kathy Stutzman profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy Stutzman 

      3 years ago from When not traveling, located in Colorado or Minnesota

      Thanks AprilApril I am curious about the kinds of foods that you are restricted from eating on the SCD diet? I cook for a lot of people with a number of different restrictions and it would help to know for my own edification. Plus I love a great challenge and cooking my way through restrictions is one of them. Glad the salad was inspiring, I love to serve it, it makes people smile.

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      AprilApril 

      3 years ago from England

      This looks lovely. I think I will have to give it a try. I've just recently had to go on an SCD diet. There are a lot of ingredients in this we are allowed. So it's very good inspiration. It's definitely inspired me to make those salads more interesting.

    • Kathy Stutzman profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy Stutzman 

      3 years ago from When not traveling, located in Colorado or Minnesota

      Thanks Susan_Recipes I hope you enjoy the salad, I love all kinds of cuisine from Inda and can't wait to start diving into some of yours as well.

    • Kathy Stutzman profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy Stutzman 

      3 years ago from When not traveling, located in Colorado or Minnesota

      Thanks rebeccamealey, I love the description elegant and think that putting the salad in a deeper clear glass bowl would certainly elevate the salad even more, or even a punch bowl and serve it into small glass bowls..ohhh I can't wait to try that!

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This looks like an elegant salad, great to go with a really special dinner. Healthy, too!

    • Susan Recipes profile image

      Susan 

      3 years ago from India

      Wow.. This looks so colourful and healthy too.

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