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Grapefruit Avocado Salad

2010 March 8
by Jennifer

I am a salad lover so I am always combining new ingredients, flavors and textures to create the perfect mix.  This salad has been a favorite of mine this winter since grapefruits and avocados are in season and on sale.  The key to this salad is Trader Joe’s Champagne Pear Vinaigrette with Gorgonzola.  It is such a delicious and versatile dressing and sure to become a staple.  It is sweet and tart with a hint of gorgonzola, just the right amount to complement the dressing’s flavor without overwhelming it.  The nutritional stats aren’t bad either. If you can’t make the trip to Trader Joe’s, I think a good balsamic or red wine vinaigrette work out just fine.  I also use Trader Joe’s Sweet and Spicy Pecans or Candied Walnuts on this salad, but any toasted or seasoned variety would be great.

Grapefruit Avocado Salad

Ingredients

Spinach or mixed greens

Big Grapefruit, peeled, seeded and sectioned

Dried cherries or cranberries

Ripe Avocado, diced and seasoned with S&P

Walnuts or Pecans (seasoned or toasted)

Crumbled Gorgonzola

Trader Joes Champagne Pear Vinaigrette with Gorgonzola

Directions

Combine the ingredients as you wish, in the ratio of your choosing. Express yourself.  Top with a sprinkle of gorgonzola and vinaigrette. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Suggestions

No grapefruit? Use sliced pears or apples.

Can’t stand the smell of Gorgonzola? Try feta or goat cheese.

Wanna make a meal out of it? Add some grilled salmon.

Hate salad? Find a different recipe or omit lettuce.

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