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Frisée, Avocado, and Grapefruit Salad


Serves 4

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 114

It’s best to layer this elegant salad, so the avocado and grapefruit don’t weigh down the delicate greens. If you like, you can mix a handful of arugula or thinly sliced radicchio with the frisée.

  • 3 to 4 medium heads frisée (about 4-1/2 oz. each)
  • 3 medium pink grapefruit 
  • 1 medium shallot, minced (1/4 cup)
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. Champagne vinegar; more as needed 
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice  
  • Kosher salt 
  • 6 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 firm-ripe avocados, pitted, peeled, and thinly sliced lengthwise  
  • Freshly ground black pepper 
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro or flat-leaf parsley
To prepe the frisée

Remove the green outer leaves from the frisée and discard or reserve for another use. Trim off any dark green tips and cut off the root ends (you should have about 5 cups).

Finely grate 1 tsp. zest from one of the grapefruit. Trim the entire peel from all of the grapefruit and then cut the segments free from their membranes. 

Combine the grapefruit zest, shallot, vinegar, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt in a small bowl. Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Whisk in the olive oil. Taste with a leaf of frisée and season the vinaigrette with more vinegar or salt if necessary. Set aside.

Arrange the avocado slices on a platter or distribute among individual serving plates. Season with salt. 

Put the frisée in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper. Gently toss with just enough vinaigrette to lightly coat the greens. Taste and season with more salt if necessary. Gently scatter the frisée on and around the avocado (the salad will be somewhat flat). Nestle the grapefruit slices into the salad.  Drizzle more vinaigrette on the salad, focusing on the avocado; you may not need it all. Sprinkle with the cilantro and serve. 


Make the salad a meal by serving it with seared shrimp.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 360, Fat (kcal): 30, Fat Calories (g): 270, Saturated Fat (g): 4.5, Protein (g): 4, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 21, Carbohydrates (mg): 24, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 3.5, Sodium (g): 15, Cholesterol (g): 0, Fiber (g): 10,

Photo: Scott Phillips

Couldn't find champagne vinegar so used white wine vinegar. Couldn't find frisee so had to use endive. Salad has nice flavor.

I have made this salad over and over again. It is quick, easy, refreshing and excellent. I've made it at home for the family and also for guests... a real hit every time.

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