Foodie Friday – Avocado & Grapefruit Salad with Poppy seed Dressing by: Lulu the Baker.

It’s officially the new year which means 99% of us have made a resolution to get healthy.  For the month of January I have lined up some very talented gals to take over Foodie Fridays and share a healthy and delicious recipe with you to help keep you on track. 
Our first recipe is from Melissa who writes the blog:
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Happy New Year! I’m Melissa from Lulu the Baker.
I’m so excited to be here today on 4 Men 1 Lady; thanks for having me, Michelle!
Whenever a new year rolls around, we all decide to start eating better–I’m pretty sure that’s the #1 New Year’s Resolution year after year! One of the easiest (and tastiest) ways to do that is to fill up on fresh fruits and veggies. I first had this delicious salad at a baby shower years ago, and I bug my friend Annie to make it whenever we get together for dinner. The flavors blend so nicely, and all of the ingredients (although there aren’t very many!) bring something unique to the table: the avocado is creamy with just a hint of spice; the lettuce is tender and mellow; the grapefruit is bright; and the pomegranate seeds give a burst of sweetness. It is so fresh and flavorful, not to mention full of good-for-you things like healthy fats, potassium, and vitamin C!
Avocado & Grapefruit Salad with Poppyseed Dressing
The recipe for the dressing makes 1 qt. It is very easy to cut in half if you don’t need that much!
for the dressing:
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons dry mustard
2 teaspoons salt
2/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 of a small red onion, cut into chunks
2 cups oil (I used olive oil)
3 Tablespoons poppy seeds
for the salad:
bibb or butter lettuce
avocado slices
grapefruit sections (If you don’t want to cut your own, you can buy the bottled ones in the produce section)
pomegranate seeds (Don’t know how to get the seeds out of your pomegranate? Let Martha show you how!)
poppy seed dressing (above)
To make the dressing, combine sugar, mustard, salt, vinegar, and onion in a blender and blend until smooth. With the blender running, slowly drizzle the oil in; it will make a smooth, silky dressing. Stir poppy seeds in by hand.

When you’re ready to serve the salad, you can plate it up individually (very pretty!) or just chop the lettuce, avocado, and grapefruit, toss them in a bowl with the pomegranate seeds and dressing, and serve it family-style (very easy to eat!).

Thanks so much Melissa for sharing one of your delicious recipes with us.  I can’t wait to try it!
Don’t forget to check out more of Melissa’s fabulous recipes at Lulu the Baker.


  1. this salad looks yummy!!!! Im not sure if i could convience all of my 3 guys to try it…….if i left off the avocado i think it would pass by them. 😉

  2. Thanks for posting this. Was looking for this info all over the web.


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