Spiralized Grapefruit, Avocado & Cucumber Salad + Altra Superior 2.0

Spring has really sprung here in Austin, so naaaaaaturally I’m talking running shoes and spiralized salads.  The bluebonnets are always a sure sign as is the unofficial start of trail running season.Altra Superior 2.0 - Great shoe for trail running. With some off road and Spartan running on my upcoming race calendar, I was excited to try out the Superior 2.0s from Altra Running. Such a light and fast ride for a trail running shoe and I had absolutely no loss of traction on the slightly muddy banked trails, excessing sloshing out of the water crossings, or feet that felt like they had been beat up by race end.  Check the Superior 2.0 out, you will love them for flying down gentle trails to all sorts of gnarly terrain. And, more good news, I placed 3rd  Overall Female in that 10k trail race aptly named “The Maze.”

So, now you know my latest spring shoe obsession, but what about the salad?Cucumber Grapefruit Feta Salad with Avocado Cilantro DressingHow about a Spiralized Cucumber and Grapefruit Salad with Avocado Cilantro Dressing?!

Spiralized Cucumber Avocado and Grapefruit Salad -- add feta, pecans and whatever else you love! Dressed with a Greek Yogurt Cilantro Avocado Dressing

I used the spiralizer attachment on my Kitchenaid mixer to transform cucumbers into windy ribbons and toss with tart grapefruit segments and other flavorful ingredients like feta cheese, avocado chunks, pecans and cilantro.Kitchenaid Spiralizer Attachment puts a new twist on fruits and vegetables. Great for creating healthy recipes.

It makes a showy salad full of salty-sweet tang, vibrant colors and crunch! To marry the flavors even more, I’ve also used a favorite dressing — OPA by Litehouse Avocado and Cilantro! With a base of Greek yogurt, this dressing is a healthier way to pour rich and creamy flavor atop any salad – or use as a versatile sauce over fish or in your lunch turkey wraps, the possibilities are endless.

Cucumber Grapefruit Salad with Opa Greek Yogurt Cilantro Avocado Dressing

A few tips about the Spiralized Cucumber and Grapefruit Salad with Avocado Cilantro Dressing:

  • Don’t have a spiralizer? Don’t worry, just quarter and seed the cucumbers lengthwise and then julienne into 2 to 3-inch strips.
  • Don’t skip the draining step after prepping the cucumbers or you’ll end up with excess water pooling in the bottom of your bowl (and eventually making a soggy salad).
  • For convenience, consider using prepared grapefruit segments found in the produce section. Drain off the juice (drink or reserve for another use – see below) and simply toss in the salad. There’s no time-consuming peeling and tedious cutting away of pesky membranes.
  • Before adding avocado chunks to the salad, I like to dunk them in reserved grapefruit juice (or lemon juice) to keep them from oxidizing and browning before serving. This also helps leftovers stay fresh in the refrigerator for another day.

Check out these blogs I’m linking up with today: Check out these blogs I’m linking up with today: The Fit Foodie Mama, Hello to Fit, Fairy Burger, Chocolate Runner Girl , Confessions of a Mother Runner, , Running on Happy

Do you even spirazlize? Hehe, if so, what is your favorite fruit or veggie to turn into twisty goodness?  Did you race this weekend, I’d love to hear the details – XOXO, Jennifer

Cucumber Grapefruit Feta Salad with Avocado Cilantro Dressing
Grapefruit, Avocado and Cucumber Salad with Cilantro Avocado Dressing
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Servings Prep Time
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Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 15 minutes
Cucumber Grapefruit Feta Salad with Avocado Cilantro Dressing
Grapefruit, Avocado and Cucumber Salad with Cilantro Avocado Dressing
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Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 15 minutes
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  1. Process cucumbers in spiralizer and place “noodles” in colander to rinse off seeds.
  2. Let cucumbers sit and drain for several minutes before patting dry with paper towels. Transfer to serving bowl.
  3. Add sliced onion, cilantro, feta, and pecans to salad and toss gently with dressing.
  4. Drain juice from grapefruit (if using packaged) into a small bowl.
  5. Peel and seed avocado, cut into bite-sized pieces and gently dunk in reserved grapefruit juice (or lemon juice) to prevent oxidization.
  6. Add grapefruit segments and avocado to top of salad. Serve with additional cilantro, if desired.
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5 Unexpected Ways to Enjoy Grapefruit

5 Unexpected Ways to Enjoy Grapefruit - TheFitFork.com

Grapefruit are known for their intense aroma and sharp flavor. It’s hard for me to believe that these jumbo-sized treasures of winter and early spring are not loved by all – because they are definitely one of my favorite seasonal fruits! It’s my guess that these people who say grapefruit are “bitter” or “messy” just don’t know the right tricks of picking out and dealing with grapefruit.

How To Segment Grapefruit - numbered- TheFitFork.comSo, let’s start with the picking — to select the most gloriously ripe grapefruit, the skin will range in color from yellow to rosy pink depending on the variety and all types will feel heavy for their perceived size.  Grapefruit do not further ripen after being plucked from the tree, so there’s no leaving a grapefruit on the counter to “get ready” – just dig in!  If you feel like grapefruits are messy or hard to extract the segments without breaking them up, check out the photo tutorial I put together on how easy it is peel and cut up grapefruit.

I’m also sharing below five of my favorite (and unexpected) ways to enjoy grapefruit that will hopefully convert everyone into fans of the nutritious and delicious fruit!

 

Creamy Grapefruit Green Tea Smoothie: Get your morning off to a great start with this creamy grapefruit smoothie – the green tea and protein powder will keep your motor running until lunch! Recipe at bottom of post.Creamy Grapefruit Green Tea Protein Smoothie - TheFitFork.com

Grapefruit Water: Another way to enjoy the pleasant “bite” of grapefruit flavor without actually taking a bite is to add a few slices to your water – the bonus is that it will encourage you drink more water and meet (or exceed) your daily hydration needs! You can also infuse with herbs as desired – I used mint! Grapefruit Mint Infused Water - TheFitFork.com

Broiled Grapefruit: End your meal with the zing of citrus, broiled grapefruit makes a light dessert option that won’t undo a clean eating diet. Sprinkle a little sugar on top (plus whatever herbs or spices you like) and caramelize under the broiler for about 3 – 4 minutes.This Salted Honey and Ginger Broiled Grapefruit is made by drizzling about 2 teaspoons honey on 1/2 grapefruit and then sprinkling with 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon dried mint — I always use the Instantly Fresh herbs from Litehouse Foods for convenience.Honey and Lemongrass Broiled Grapefruit - TheFitFork.com

Grapefruit, Avocado and Feta Salad: Another dish so easy-breezy that you don’t really even need a recipe. Simply segment grapefruit (use my directions here) and toss with diced avocado and crumbled feta cheese, herbs or jalapeno peppers if you dare! One of the perk of this dish is that the citric acid in the grapefruit helps to keep the avocado from oxidizing and turning brown – just make sure you “dress” the salad with any remaining juice squeezed from the skin; toss salad gently.

Grapefruit, Avocado, Feta Salad - TheFitFork.com

Pink Grapefruit SorbetPink Grapefruit Sorbet – Doesn’t this frozen confection from CookingLight.com look refreshing?! Use as fancy-schmancy palate cleanser between courses or scoop up in frosty bowls. You can even pack this recipe in to pop molds and freeze for pure citrus sunshine on a stick.

 

 

 

What is your favorite way to eat grapefruit?

 

Creamy Grapefruit Green Tea Protein Smoothie - TheFitFork.com
Creamy Grapefruit Green Tea Smoothie
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Get your morning off to a great start with this creamy grapefruit smoothie – the green tea and protein powder will keep your motor running until lunch! Recipe at bottom of post.
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Creamy Grapefruit Green Tea Protein Smoothie - TheFitFork.com
Creamy Grapefruit Green Tea Smoothie
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Get your morning off to a great start with this creamy grapefruit smoothie – the green tea and protein powder will keep your motor running until lunch! Recipe at bottom of post.
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: serving
Instructions
  1. Use serrated spoon to remove flesh from ½ of grapefruit, add to blender. Squeeze any remaining juice from grapefruit shell into blender. Add green tea, milk banana, and protein powder to blender; blend until smooth. Add ice, as needed, until desired consistency achieved. Garnish with hulled hemp seeds.
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How To Segment Grapefruit – More Fruit, Less Mess!

Peeling Grapefruit - TheFitFork.comDon’t you just love grapefruit?! It’s both sweet and tart at the same time which makes my mouth initially confused, but ultimately happy. Plus, grapefruit is super healthy — just one half of a grapefruit provides 64 percent RDA of vitamin C, 28 percent of vitamin A, 5 percent of vitamin B-6, 166 milligrams potassium and 2 grams dietary fiber (all for just 52 calories).

grapefruit heartThe complex carbs found in grapefruit are your friend, especially if you are looking for some healthy quick energy for your workout. Plus, some studies suggest that consuming ½ grapefruit before meals helps to balance blood sugar levels and encourages the liver to burn, not store, excess fat. And, the antioxidents and flavinoids in grapefruit may help lower cholesterol and reduce in incidence of cardiovascular disease.

So, you can see I have a lot of love for the grapefruit. However, it’s not one of the easiest fruits to prep for recipes. The skin is hard to remove, the pith usually doesn’t peel off easily and the segment membranes are a little tough to chew. Plus, with all the hard work of removing the flesh, there always seems like a ton of waste. However, if you follow this How to Segment a Grapefruit tutorial, you’ll be enjoying juicy whole segments in no time – with less mess and waste!

Check back next week when I share some new recipes I created for the blog at Litehouse Foods – meanwhile, check out past recipes for Broiled Grapefruit with Feta and Zingy Citrus Salad.

How To Segment Grapefruit - numbered-  TheFitFork.com

Step 1.  Using a sharp knife, cut the top and bottom off grapefruit just enough to expose the pink flesh. This creates a stable object to work with rather than a round sphere that keeps rolling around!

Step 2. Slice off grapefruit peel, cutting downward from top to bottom, following the curve of the fruit. After removing all skin, go back to remove any remains of the white, bitter pith.

Step 3. To start removing the grapefruit segments, cut from the outside to the center just inside the membrane on one side of a section. Leave knife in center of fruit and gently “roll up” to the opposing side of the segment membrane, gently lift and remove. Repeat for remaining sections.

Step 4. One large grapefruit should yield about one cup of segments. Enjoy!

What is your favorite way to eat grapefruit?

Healthy Dessert Recipe | Broiled Grapefruit with Feta & Balsamic Syrup

Fruit for dessert or a sweet side dish, nom-nom-nom! I’ve been on a poached pear kick and before that it was figs. This summer my fruit fetish was focused on the fuzzy, ripe peach. The nearby (Fredericksburg, Tx) peach orchards are famous and I actually still have a huge haul of peaches that I prepared for the freezer. I pull out a few of those peaches when I need a little taste of sunshine summer in the middle of winter.

grapefruit, orange, lime basket

Some of the ingredients for my favorite citrus salad!

Citrus is another favorite fruit of mine and its peak season is winter! Oranges, tangerines, grapefruits and more – I had all of these citrus fruits in my backyard growing up. I wish I would have taken better advantage of the bounty!  A mixed citrus salad is one of my favorite sweet side dishes; I could eat it every day. Check out the healthy dessert recipe I recently whipped up. It may sound like a strange combination of ingredients but, trust me, it’s insanely good – Broiled Grapefruit with Feta & Balsamic Reduction .

blue cheese & balsamic syrup grapefruit

Broiled Grapefruit with Feta & Balsamic Reduction Recipe

  • 2 large Ruby Red grapefruit
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic reduction (store bought or homemade)

Directions:

  1. Preheat broiler on high.
  2. Slice grapefruit in half crosswise. To prevent wobbling in the pan, slice a small amount of peel off the bottom of each half, taking care not to cut up into the flesh.
  3. Use a paring knife to cut around segment edges for easier eating when done.
  4. Sprinkle tops of grapefruit with even mixtures of the salt, pepper, brown sugar and feta cheese.
  5. Place 4-inches under broiler; broil for approximately 3 – 5 minutes until tops are beginning to caramelize and feta is slightly melting.
  6. Remove from broiler and drizzle with balsamic reduction.

Serves 4.

broiled grapefruit caloriesI ran the nutrition on this healthy dessert recipe – I’ll think you’ll love that it only has 43 calories per servings (!) and is packed with nutrients.

There are many other reasons to sing the praises of citrus. I know that the abundant vitamin C and other nutrients in citrus fruits are beneficial to my well-being. Vitamin C has been shown to offer protection against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling.

 

There’s not much that sours my mood more than buying fruit that isn’t ripe. Thankfully, it’s pretty easy to pick out ripe citrus fruit. Look for fruit that are firm and heavy for their size, with bright, colorful skin. You can store citrus at room temperature for several days; beyond this, keep in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator.  Throw a few oranges or tangerines in your gym bag, they don’t need to be chilled, come in their own wrappers and will give you energy before or after your workout.

fitmark ambassador jennifer fisher dashing bag citrus

Go eat your citrus, people!