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Avocado and Grapefruit Salad Recipe – Ina Garten – 50 Women Game Changers In Food

by Jeanette on March 16, 2012 · 35 Comments
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Grapefruit and Avocado Salad

Grapefruit and Avocado Salad

Recently, I read an article entitled “The Most Powerful Food Secret” by Donna Gates, author of The Body Ecology Diet: Rediscovering Your Health and Rebuilding Your Immunity which talks about how Donna Gates healed herself of candidiasis and her compromised digestive, immune and endocrine systems, by following a revolutionary approach to eating known as food combining. Essentially, the theory behind food combining is that certain foods, when eaten together, are easier to digest and break down more quickly, thereby allowing nutrients to be absorbed more thoroughly by your body. Poor food combinations can cause gas, bloating, stomach pain, and other gastrointestinal discomforts.

There are six different rules to follow for successful food combining. I find this theory intriguing and would like to explore it further when I have a chance.

  1. Eat animal protein with non-starchy vegetables
  2. Eat grains and grain-like seeds
  3. Consume fruit and fruit juices alone and at least 30 minutes before any meal or combined with a protein-fat
  4. Combine fats and oils with any food
  5. Combine protein-fats with protein-fats
  6. Combine beans with non-starchy vegetables

Although these rules seem easy enough at first glance, I think it will take a little more time before I can come up with actual food combinations that fit these rules. Meanwhile, I made Ina Garten’s Avocado and Grapefruit Salad, which was one of the food combinations suggested in the article. This food combination follows Rule #3, eating acidic fruit in combination with fat.

Grapefruit and Avocado Salad

Today, a group of bloggers is celebrating Ina Garten, one of the Top 50 Women Game Changers In Food. I’ve been a fan of Ina Garten ever since her first cookbook was released. Ina Garten is an American author, host of a TV series called Barefoot Contessa on Food Network, and a former White House nuclear policy analyst. Her recipes are straight forward, use fresh ingredients and Ina always gives helpful home entertaining tips on her television show. As I was researching Ina Garten for this week’s event, I discovered that she grew up in the town of Stamford, CT, where I lived for eight years when I first started working.

Ina Garten is the author of seven cookbooks (all of which I own), including The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, Barefoot Contessa Parties!, Barefoot Contessa Family Style, Barefoot in Paris, Barefoot at Home, Barefoot Back to Basics, and Barefoot Contessa: How Easy Is That?

This week was fun since I had the perfect excuse to dig out all my Barefoot Contessa cookbooks and browse through Ina Garten’s recipes. This Avocado and Grapefruit Salad is one that Ina had at an elegant restaurant in Paris, one of her favorite destinations.

I’m looking forward to learning more about food combining. Meanwhile, please enjoy this simple but beautiful salad.

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Avocado and Grapefruit Salad Recipe
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Adapted from Ina Garten
Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  1. To make Dijon mustard vinaigrette, whisk together mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Whisk in olive oil slowly until emulsified.
  2. Arrange avocado slices and grapefruit segments on salad plates.
  3. Drizzle with Dijon mustard vinaigrette.
  4. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper.

If you’re interested in joining our group as we cook our way through this list of 50 influential women in food, just ask Mary from One Perfect Bite. Please stop by and take a look at what the rest of the group made this week in celebration of Ina Garten:

Annie from Most Lovely Things
Linda from There and Back Again
Val from More Than Burnt Toast
Taryn from Have Kitchen Will Feed 
Susan from The Spice Garden
Heather from girlichef 
Miranda from Mangoes and Chutney
Mary from One Perfect Bite
Sue from The View from The Great Island
Barbara from Movable Feasts
Nancy from Picadillo
Kathleen from Bake Away With Me
Veronica from My Catholic Kitchen
Mireya of My Healthy Eating Habits
Claudia – Journey of an Italian Cook
Alyce – More Time at the Table
Amrita – Beetle’s Kitchen Escapades

For more recipes from this weekly celebration, check out my 50 Women Game Changers In Food Pinterest Board as well as our group’s collaborative Pinterest Board.

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  1. This is the perfect combination to get us on the healthy path before summer.

  2. Sounds interessting and it makes sense. Rule number 3 is something I have never heard before. no fruits combined with protein. Although it sounds logical, but I am sure I have not waited 30 mins before. Vinaigrette with creamy avocado and citrusy Grapefruit sounds like a perfect lunch in the summer.

  3. I love the simplicity of this salad, Jeanette. Plus, the colors are so alluring. Lovely choice! And I’m intrigued by those rules – saving them!

  4. Lily Gonzales-Creed says:

    One of the favorite restaurant salads I ever had included these ingredients…plus lump crab and frisee. Yum!

  5. This salad is a perfect pick to represent Ina…Elegant yet easy! I only own 6 of her cookbooks…haven’t bought “How Easy is That” yet! But I’m sure I’ll get around to it! Lovely post!

  6. Years ago, I had a non-cooking friend who loved to have dinner parties. She always made a salad (for her first course) with avocado and grapefruit (with greens), but it had a heavy thousand-island type dressing. I adored the combination, but never liked thousand island. This is cool and, as much as I’ve read Ina, I haven’t seen it. I, too, am on an improve my health path and am adding this to my lunch list. Thanks, Jeanette! (PS Made the Red Curry Soup again! Perfect.)

  7. I have not seen this recipe. It is so simple and light. I think I may make it this weekend. It would make a great Lent recipe. Thanks for sharing with us.

  8. Love the combination of the citrus with the avocado —fat and acid. That’s a perfect salad. As far as food combining goes… have you ever tried it? I did and believe me it’s not easy.

  9. I’m a huge Ina Garten fan too. Love the look and sound of this salad. With citrus at it’s peak here in Phoenix, I’m going to add this to my list of must try recipes.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

  10. You have presented this salad so beautifully, I’ll bet the photo in the book isn’t as tempting. The colors just cheer me up and make me think of spring.

  11. Simple and delicious. What more could a person want. This looks light and lovely.

  12. I would never have thought to put these two together, but the colors look and sound great for the upcoming seasons!

  13. What a perfect choice. Your photos on the salad are stunners. I’ve never tried this salad but having seen your version of it , I’d really like to make it as part of our Sunday brunch.Thank you for the inspiration. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  14. Jeanette,
    I was wondering what recipe of Ina’s you would choose! I knew it would be healthy. Your avocado and grapefruit salad looks delicious!

  15. When I first saw this combination on Barefoot Contessa, I made it right away, because I couldn’t believe I’d never thought of it myself! Gosh, it’s delicious. And it’s a great example of how she really packs flavor into every dish.

  16. Great post and lovely salad! I really enjoy adding avocados to my citrus salads…delicious!

  17. I actually never would have thought to combine the two. Now – of course. I must. Tomorrow this will be on my table.

  18. You know something, while this is simple like Ina’s style, this looks a lot like something Giada would make. Haha! This is a lovely recipe on so many counts – bright, refreshing, juicy and light. Perfect for spring and summer!

  19. Copying those rules and will try to follow. Looks simple at first glance but to put into practice may not be that easy. Your salad photo is stunning.

  20. What a gorgeous presentation. This is my kind of dish, healthy and pretty. Thanks for the tips of food combining. I’m saving them for future reference.

  21. i’ve seen so many salads with grapefruit and avocado together but have yet to try it! will have to soon. this is such an interesting approach to healing candida (this is why i am on a sugar cleanse because i have this…). thanks for sharing, jeanette!

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      It is really nice combination of flavors and textures – you should give it a try Junia, I think you’d really like it.

  22. love this and LOVED Meeting you this weekend in Disney!! You’re fabulous!

  23. Such a simple, light, and lovely pairing.

  24. This looks so pretty, Jeanette! Great flavor contrasts too!

  25. This sounds so incredibly refreshing! I love Ina. :-)

  26. beautiful salad and so so pretty

  27. Yummy! I love grapefruit and avocado but have never thought to try them together. What a salad!

  28. Jeanette Jeanette says:

    I’ll be making this again soon, such a refreshing combination!

  29. Hi I found this recipe via Pinterest and added it to my “Food” board. This is not only tasty but so great in nutrients. I thank you

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Thanks Donna – this is a really refreshing and delicious combination, and best of all healthy. I was pleasantly surprised.

  30. As I was researching Ina Garten for this week’s event, I discovered that she grew up in the town of Stamford, CT, where I lived for eight years when I first started working.

  31. I have not seen this recipe. It is so simple and light. I think I may make it this weekend. It would make a great Lent recipe. Thanks for sharing with us.

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