Grapefruit and Beet Salad

A couple weeks ago, my friend and I hit up a new-ish spot in downtown San Francisco, called Georges, for some drinks and apps after work. Georges is a great spot for happy hour, with excellent cocktails and plenty of shareable small plates. Seafood may be their specialty (and we did have some of their fantastic oysters!), but the dish I couldn’t get out of my head was their grapefruit and avocado salad.

 

The blend of sweet beets, tangy grapefruit, creamy avocado, and salty queso fresco was just right…so I thought I’d take a stab at recreating it at home! This dish can really be pulled up off with any kind of citrus, and feel free to get creative with cheese options…burrata, goat cheese, or fresh mozzarella would totally rock this salad.

 

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Grapefruit and Beet Salad

 

You will need:

  • 2 medium-sized beets
  • one  half of an avocado
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 2 ounces queso fresco, crumbled
  • handful of salad greens (frisee or arugula)
  • drop of honey
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • fleur de sel (optional)

 

To prepare:

  1. Roast and peel the beets using this method. Then slice into thin discs.
  2. Peel the avocado and slice lengthwise into about 6 thin wedges.
  3. Peel and section the grapefruit using this method. Hold the grape fruit over a bowl to catch the juice as you remove the fruit. Reserve the juice to prepare the vinaigrette.
  4. To prepare the vinaigrette, add a drop of honey to the grapefruit juice. Whisk to combine. The slowly add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, whisking continually. Season with salt.
  5. To prepare the salad, arrange the beet slices in one layer on a large plate, slightly overlapping. Season lightly with salt. Then arrange the grapefruit and avocado slices in a pretty fashion on top of the beets (you will only need about half of the grapefruit wedges). Drizzle with the dressing, sprinkle on the cheese, and top with the salad greens.
  6. Drizzle the remaining oil over the top, and add a sprinkle of fleur de sel to finish.

 

Serves 2-3

 

 

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Comments

  1. bonniebhaave says:

    wow,this looks so delicious.I’m definitely making it! Love, Mom

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