This sweet and zesty vegan avocado grapefruit salad with maple syrup dressing is a delicious light lunch recipe idea, healthy and refreshing, perfect on a warm day!
This avocado grapefruit salad is quick and simple to make and very nutritious. I used red grapefruit which is only moderately sweet, perfect to pair with creamy avocado and nutty chickpeas. The simple 4-ingredient dressing I used also contributes a little sweetness as it contains maple syrup.
How to peel a grapefruit
It is a good idea to remove the outer peel as well as the thin white skin around the segments of the grapefruit as it bitter. To peel the grapefruit thinly cut both ends off and stand the grapefruit on one end on top of a cutting board. Slice the skin off downwards all round the fruit. Separate the segments and gently remove the skin around each segment. This is pretty easy to do as grapefruit is firm and keeps its shape quite well.
You can do this step ahead to save time. Keep the peeled grapefruit in an air tight container in the fridge (for up to several hours).
Make the maple dressing ahead
The 4-ingredient maple dressing is super quick and easy to make but you can make it ahead and save even more time. Simply combine all the dressing ingredients, cover and refrigerate (overnight). Give a good stir before pouring over the salad.
Maple syrup is one of the best Canadian imports I know and I am so glad it is so easy to find it in the UK these days! I drizzle it over pancakes and other breakfast foods and also use it in baking and salad dressings. It tastes so good no wonder Canadians even pour it over their breakfast eggs! Although it is essentially sugar, it does contain some minerals and antioxidants which makes it healthier than refined sugar.
What substitutions can I make in this avocado grapefruit salad
You could use pomelo instead of the red grapefruit if you like. Pomelo is firmer and sweeter than grapefruit and usually available in the shops during colder months.
You could also substitute the maple syrup for agave syrup.
If you like this recipe you may also like this cantaloupe fruit salad with mozzarella. It also contains a mixture of fruit and veg.
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Check out also this collection of over 15 easy vegan salads.
Avocado Grapefruit Salad with Maple Syrup Dressing
- 1 avocado peeled, seed removed, sliced or cubed
- 1 red grapefruit peeled, cubed
- 1 cup chickpeas cooked or from a can
- 1/3 cup pistachios crushed
- Salt and pepper to taste
For the maple syrup dressing
- 1.5 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp good vegetable oil I used cold pressed rapeseed
- 4 tbsp lime juice
- zest of 1 lime
- 2 tbsp finely chopped cilantro/coriander for serving
- Combine the dressing ingredients, stir and set aside.
- Assemble the salad ingredients, pour over the dressing and serve!
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