Pomelo Avocado Salad

Citrus season is here!  And good avocados are starting to show up, too.  Here’s an inspiration to use both of these wintertime gifts.   Enjoy!

There is a beautiful array of citrus in season right now, including one of my favorites — the pomelo.

lime, avocado, jalapeño, and pomelo
lime, avocado, jalapeño, and pomelo

If pomelo is new to you, you’re in for a treat.  It’s basically a huge, less bitter grapefruit.  There are several types of pomelo, either white or pink fleshed, and all with yellow rind and a thick pith.*

Pomelo Avocado Salad
Pomelo Avocado Salad

For this simple salad I paired the sweet, juicy pink pomelo segments with creamy avocado and a bright, spicy jalapeño dressing.  Enjoy!

Pomelo Avocado Salad

for the dressing:
1/2 green jalapeño, diced
3 TB fresh squeezed lime juice
6 TB olive oil
1/2 tsp. sea salt

Place all ingredients in a blender and whirl for a few seconds until smooth and pale green.  If you love spice, add more of the jalapeño.  Not much of a spice fan?  Just omit the seeds before blending.

jalapeño lime dressing
jalapeño lime dressing

for the salad:
one pomelo, peeled and cut into supremes
one ripe avocado, peeled and sliced into segments
several hands-full of fresh salad greens

Spread the greens on a platter.  Arrange the pomelo supremes and avocado segments on top of the greens.  Just before serving drizzle with the dressing and enjoy.

*pith is the spongy white part of the citrus between the rind and the fruit segments – this is usually the bitterest part of the citrus, and good to cut away before eating.

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