Grapefruit Avocado Salad with Plum Mayo Dressing

Grapefruit and avocado are one of those natural food pairings, like lamb and mint, or dark chocolate and raspberries. They just taste good together. They are perfect for a summer salad when avocados are relatively cheap and the grapefruit from our tree are finally ripe. My mother uses homemade plum jam to make a sweet mayo dressing for this simple salad. We usually serve it on some lettuce, but I forgot to this time, and it isn’t really necessary.

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Grapefruit Avocado Salad with Plum Mayo Dressing Recipe



  • 1 avocado, peeled and sliced
  • 1 grapefruit, peeled, segmented, seeds removed
  • Boston lettuce or butter lettuce (optional)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp plum jam, or strawberry or other berry jam
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper


Arrange slices of avocados and grapefruit segments on a plate, either on lettuce or not. In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise together with jam and lemon juice, taste test for the balance between the sweet of the jam and the sour of the lemon and make any adjustments needed. Spoon dressing over salad. Salt and pepper to taste.

The hardest part of making the salad is segmenting the grapefruit. Helen of Beyond Salmon shows in detail the steps to segment an orange which is almost identical to how I segment grapefruit. Grapefruit are somewhat bigger than oranges. After getting the peel off, I cut them in half along the line of a membrane and then just work with half a grapefruit at a time.

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  1. Libby

    This looks like a nice salad!

    I’ve found that since the membranes of grapefruit are so much thicker and stronger than oranges, it is often possible to peel the grapefruit and then just pull the membranes off the fruit, one section at a time. My grandma used to segment big bowls of grapefruit that way for canning.

  2. jaja

    Nice recipe looks yummy! Avocado is quite hard to find in my place though.

  3. Amy

    Gorgeous photo! The avocado and grapefruit combo sounds like a winner but I think I’d prefer a savory dressing.

  4. Garrett

    Elise, have to admit that one sounds freakin-tastic. I just made a simple salad with quartered oranges, dates, proscuitto, toasted almonds, and some arugula.
    It was very Moroccan and oh so tasty!
    I’ll have to try this one now too!
    Also, if you get the chance, try some of the salads in the Zuni Cookbook; totally excellent!

  5. Elizabeth

    I made this dish over the weekend to go with a citrus-ginger roasted chicken… It was wonderful! A perfect summer side dish since it was so light and refreshing.

  6. Joe

    Elise it looks absolutely fabulous. I just forwarded the recipe to my mum.

  7. Joel

    I just tried this now without the lettuce and it actually is very tasty. This is definately something i will have again

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