Ever since I can remember, I have appreciated pretty food.
You can even ask my mom…she would vouch for me that I’ve always taken my time crafting my burgers, carefully arranging toppings on a pizza, or decorating a fruit pizza.
Presentation is everything; you eat with your eyes first!
So at this time of year, as we’re surrounded by vibrant reds in holly berries and poinsettias and luscious greens of fresh fir and boxwoods, I cannot help but feel inspired to channel the holiday hues of the season into the foods I prepare and serve. It’s just another layer of celebrating the season.
Today, we’re spreading the festive flair to the often overlooked part of the meal (unless you’re me): the salad.
My grapefruit avocado salad is light, bright, and will complement many of the heavy meals being served this Christmas season.
Like I told y’all, I’ve always been one for making food look and taste good. The styling of plates of muffins or meatballs is something I truly enjoy, therefore this whole food blogging/photography has worked out just dandy for me.
Maybe for you, though, you really don’t care how it looks on the plate, as long as it tastes good. That is certainly the camp Mister Healthy Happy Texan falls in to. In fact, sometimes he intentionally mixes all of the aspects of the meal into a brownish vortex on his plate, commenting, “It’s all going down the same pipe anyway, so I’m helping with the digestion process”…
For reals, y’all…
But every now and then, even he cannot help but appreciate the beauty and finesse in which I sometimes plate.
And this salad is one of those times.
The ruby grapefruit, the bright green of the avocado, the brilliant red hue of the pomegranate arils…it’s like a little Christmas party on a plate. Toss in some goat cheese for a smattering of white and you’re downright holly jolly now.
While I’ve successfully made this salad in one large bowl to be served to a crowd, I really prefer to serve it plated. That way, my type-A self can arrange the grapefruit segments and avocado slices exactly to my liking…my family sometimes laughs at how long it takes me to plate a salad sometimes, but by golly it’s worth it (to me at least).
Plating salads individually is also a great way to individualize or meet a variety of dietary needs, too. Omit the goat cheese (I’m so sorry for that person) for any dairy intolerances or sensitivities. Hold off the nuts for anyone with allergies. Swap the grapefruit for orange segments if you have anyone who is anti-grapefruit (like my brother…you weirdo).
Another benefit of this salad in addition to its beauty is it comes together in minutes. And the homemade pomegranate vinaigrette adds to the zesty brightness of the whole festive fun.
Just imagine- the cool creaminess of the avocado, the tang of the goat cheese, the tartness of the grapefruit, the tangy pop of the pomegranate, the crunchiness of the nuts- all atop a bed of crisp greens and adorned with a smooth pomegranate vinaigrette.
When making this salad for my family, I usually custom-make mine to be much larger than anyone else’s…sister loves her some salad. No shame in that.
As always, I’ve got a few shortcut recommendations if you are really pressed for time, which who isn’t this time of year?
And I’d be remiss to not highlight how healthy this salad is! Let’s hit a few of the nutrition all-stars.
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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