To kick off the spring season, my office hosted a potluck “Spring Salad Lunch Party.” I knew I wanted to bring something fun and colorful but I also wanted to surprise people with unusual pairings.
So for my creation I decided to combine ruby red grapefruits, red beets, green spinach and light green avocados.
Although, I have to admit that I made a crucial mistake with the preparation so I have to share with all of you so that you don’t run into the same problem. Buying avocados is a tricky thing in the first place so here are some quick tips:
- If you want to eat the avocado within the first 24 hours look for ones that are dark green.
- Test the ripeness of the avocado by trying to get the little stem bud thing to pop off. If it pops off easily it’s ready to eat that day.
- If you’re not ready to eat the avocado right away but it is ripe and ready, you can put it in the refrigerator and it will stay the way it is when you put it in the refrigerator.
So all of that said, I bought an avocado that wasn’t ripe yet and like an idiot I put it in the refrigerator for the two nights before the salad party! Needless to say, the avocados didn’t make it into the salad as I had hoped. (The avocado slices in the photo below are placed but weren’t actually ready to eat at that moment.)
Grapefruit: the juice of a grapefruit helps to increase the activity and production of liver enzymes that help detoxify by eliminating toxic compounds from your body. Your liver is designed to clear out all toxins and carcinogens in two phases. Grapefruit helps during both of these phases, removing cancer-causing toxins from your body.
Lime Juice: Limes are known to help rejuvenates the skin, keep it shining, protects it from infections and reduces body odor due to the presence of a large amount of vitamin-C and Flavonoids, both of which are class-1 anti oxidants, anti biotic and disinfectants.
Hemp Seeds: Considered a superfood, hemp seeds, contain all eight essential amino acids and they even have three times the vitamin E of flax seed. Plus, hemp seeds contain lecithin, which allows for healthy brain function, as well as inositol, which is known strengthen hair follicles, breaks down fat/cholesterol and helps to sedate nerves.
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- ½ tablespoons hemp seed
- 4 cups of uncooked spinach
- 2 large grapefruits
- 8 red or golden beets (you can use two packages of the ready-to-eat variety from Trader Joe’s)
- 3 medium avocados
- 2 tablespoons citrus salad dressing
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- In a big mixing bowl add the juice of one lime and add ½ tablespoon hemp seed. With your (clean) hands tear the spinach leaves and add to the bowl.
- Peel and slice two whole grapefruits - this is the most time consuming part because I sliced each grapefruit section and peeled off the skin surrounding the fruit.
- Add the grapefruit sections to the mixing bowl as you go along. Rinse off eight ready-to-eat beets and slice into cubes and add them to the mixing bowl.
- Add avocado slices, dressing and balsamic vinegar to the mixing bowl and toss about 30 - 60 minutes before serving.