Avocado and grapefruit salad provides health benefits and great taste

Enjoy great tasting and healthy avocados this summer!

Sliced avocado on a cutting board (glutenfreegigi)

SAN DIEGO, July 19, 2016 – Avocados are a favorite summertime fruit!

Avocados have an ancient history. They are depicted in early Aztecan drawings and artifacts, and experts believe they date back to approximately 10,000 years ago.

Originally brought into California in 1971 by a Santa Barbara judge, California now grows approximately 90% of the entire U.S. supply of avocados, according to fodfacts.mercola.com/avocado.html.

Avocados are among the healthiest of all summertime fruits, are naturally high in good fats, and supply a variety of vitamins, minerals such as vitamin k, folate, panththenic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin C and potassium.

Avocados also contain naturally occurring lipids which are believed to reduce inflammation.

Rich in protein and high in fiber, avocados may also help with maintaining healthy weight.

Moreover, avocados are easy to prepare and can be eaten raw or cooked. They are delicious in a variety of recipes such as salads, soups, main dishes and more–delighting palates beyond that of being a main ingredient in guacamole.

The following Avocado and Grapefruit Salad, published by Whole Foods Market, makes preparing a healthful and delicious salad with only a few ingredients a summertime snap.

Avocado and Grapefruit Salad


2 fresh grapefruits

2 avocados–peeled, pitted and chopped

1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced

1 head Bibb or butter lettuce

Grapefruits on a wooden table.
Grapefruits on a wooden table.


-Using a large knife, carefully peel grapefruits, making sure to remove

all of the white pith.

-Working over a large bowl to catch any juice, but along the side of each

membrane to release the segments and let them drop into the bowl.

-Add avocados and onion, and toss well.

-Arrange lettuce leaves evenly on a platter.

-Spoon salad mixture over the top of the lettuce leaves and serve.

This refreshing salad recipe serves 4 people, and is 230 calories per


It may be eaten without dressing.

Looking for a simple, light dressing to pare with the Avocado and Grapefruit Salad?

Consider this healthful vinaigrette which is offered by foodfacts.mercola.com/avodado.html.



-1/4 olive oil

-1/8 cup balsamic vinegar

-1 clove garlic, crushed

-1 tespoon Dijon mustard


Whisk together the olive oil, vinegar and mustard.  Add in the crushed garlic,

Lightly poor over the Avocado and Grapefruit Salad-or, serve in small individual cruets, offering one for each guest.

The oil and vinegar dressing provides 4 individual servings.

Avocados at the center of summertime fare provide delicious meals which quick and easy to make–and, contribute to overall good health.

Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!

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