California Grape and Avocado Salad

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on November 18, 2013

grape salad

Salads are one of my favorite side dishes to add to my holiday table. They help bring an element of lightness among all of the delicious desserts and comfort-food-dishes, and with the right combination of ingredients – they can be super tasty and filling too!

Chopped salads are awesome, because all of the ingredients end up being roughly the same size and you can throw just about anything in there and it will taste great. This particular salad has creamy avocado, crunchy pumpkin seeds, spicy jalapeño, and instead of tomatoes – we’re changing it up and adding in grapes!

Grapes are in season in the winter (California Grapes are available through January) so they are a much more seasonal ingredient to add to this dish (vs. tomatoes – which are best in the summer). I love the unexpected punch of sweetness they add to this dish!

Today’s recipe comes from my friend, registered dietitian, and weight loss expert, Heather K. Jones.

The Ingredients

Dressing

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Salad

  • 3 cups red seedless California grapes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon minced jalapeño pepper
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 ripe avocado, cubed
  • 1/4 cup roasted, salted pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup crumbled Cotija cheese (optional)

grape salad 2

The Directions

There are only two steps!

Step 1: To prepare the dressing: Whisk together the oil, lime juice, honey, and salt in a large bowl.

Step 2: To prepare the salad: Stir the grapes, cilantro, jalapeño, and green onions into the dressing. Add the avocado and stir again lightly. Sprinkle the top with the pumpkin seeds and cheese, if desired.

grape salad 1

This recipe makes 6 huge servings, but each serving has less than 130 calories!

That’s not surprising considering that 3/4 cup of grapes has only 90 calories, no fat and no cholesterol; contains potassium and vitamin K, and has beneficial antioxidants that may contribute to a healthy heart.

Now that’s a salad I can get behind.

California Grape and Avocado Salad

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Calories per serving: 127 Calories

Fat per serving: 8g

Nutritional Info Per Serving (with cheese): 127 Calories, 8g Fat, 14g Carbs, 153mg Sodium, 2g Protein, 1g Fiber

Ingredients

    Dressing
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • Salad
  • 3 cups red seedless California grapes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon minced jalapeño pepper
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 ripe avocado, cubed
  • 1/4 cup roasted, salted pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup crumbled Cotija cheese (optional)

Directions

  1. To prepare the dressing: Whisk together the oil, lime juice, honey, and salt in a large bowl.
  2. To prepare the salad: Stir the grapes, cilantro, jalapeño, and green onions into the dressing. Add the avocado and stir again lightly. Sprinkle the top with the pumpkin seeds and cheese, if desired.

Notes

Recipe from Heather K. Jones

http://pickyeaterblog.com/california-grape-and-avocado-salad/

Anjali Shah

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Barb November 19, 2013 at 9:54 am

This salad is SO coming to my Thanksgiving table! I might not even be able to wait that long!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater November 19, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Hooray!! I’m sure you will love it Barb!

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Barb November 20, 2013 at 8:22 pm

I couldn’t wait and made it this morning, took it to my Mahjong group this afternoon. Eight women who RAVED about it and scraped every last morsel out of the bowl! I skipped the pumpkin seeds (because I don’t like them) and the jalapeno because I didn’t know everyone’s “hot” level! Oh, I also used blue cheese. I will be making this again and again!!

(Oh, I also share it on my FB page: Girlfriends Weight Loss Support Group)

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater November 21, 2013 at 12:38 am

Woohoo!! That is such great news Barb! Love the idea of swapping in blue cheese – I bet that gave the salad a wonderful “bite”! Thanks for sharing it too! 🙂

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