A refreshing avocado and grapefruit salad featuring kale, hearts of palm, and thin slivers of red Chile peppers. Perfect for summer, or anytime you need a side salad that is not the same old, same old. Toss in some grilled chicken to make it a main dish!

avocado and grapefruit salad on plate

Originally posted February 17, 2014

I totally have a weak stomach when it comes to hearing about other people’s injuries. I love watching the Olympics–I am a HUGE sucker for ice dancing, no shame–but I seriously could do without the commentary detailing the torn ACLs and fractured spines. I just want to watch tiny doll-like women prance around in sequins. Without hearing about how they literally just snapped in half four months ago but look, here they are competing. Is that too much to ask?

close-up of grapefruit in salad with heart of palm

Can you tell I was the little kid who was always put on defense in soccer because I was (not-so) secretly afraid of bruising my shins? I did cross-country later in high school because I knew I wouldn’t have to touch anybody. What a wuss. 

My fear of injury is real, but most of the time it’s a weak-sauce cover for my complete lack of athletic ability. No, really. Eric congratulates me when he tosses me the keys or the phone across the room and I actually catch it. This is of course after he bounces it in his hand a couple times in my direction giving me that look, like, You can do this, you’re a big girl, and I cringe and cower because dropped phones cost money and keys are pokey and my hands are soft, okay?

grapefruit and kale salad in wooden bowl

Speaking of 3-year-olds, we just had Charlotte’s birthday party this weekend. It was a raging success, featuring fruit-loop necklaces, beach balls, and cheesecake parfaits. I was having a hard time coming up with a theme. As the day of the party drew nearer and nearer and I still had no clue what I was going to do, I told Eric my woes and he just gave me this you-are-insane look and said, “Theme? The theme is birthday. Quit freaking out.”

Clearly he’s never been on Pinterest.

kale and grapefruit salad in front of fruit

Do you guys get any cooking magazines? Which ones are your favorites? I get Cooking Light, which I have a love-hate relationship with. They’re always trying to health-ify desserts, and that’s just not my thing. But their savory dishes can be pretty killer. (Except don’t make their butternut-squash-kale lasagna. It’s gross.)

How to make Avocado and Grapefruit Salad

This avocado, grapefruit, and kale salad, on the other hand, was a winner. Eric saw the recipe and begged me to make it. Whenever I ask him what he wants me to make I usually get a shrug and a “spaghetti,” so since he showed a lot of interest in this I wanted to make it. Plus my parents just dropped off about 5,000 grapefruits from their tree, so it worked out.

can of hearts of palm

Have you tried hearts of palm?  I had never had it before. It has a briny, nutty taste, similar to artichoke hearts. The original recipe calls for 2 cans, but when I saw that each can cost $6.48 I decided that one was enough. I wouldn’t have wanted 2 cans worth in the salad anyway, so it worked out. You can sub artichoke hearts no problem, although hearts of palm are much more mild.

how to slice peel from grapefruitSlice your grapefruit up all pretty like.

Hearts of Palm on cutting boardThen bust out these hearts of palm.

Grapefruit, Kale & Hearts of Palm SaladAnd slice em up. Yum.

Kale, Avocado & Grapefruit Salad in bowl

The combination of flavors in this salad makes it very interesting, a nice change from your typical garden salad. And a nice change from all the heart-shaped chocolate you no doubt ate this weekend. Happy Monday everyone!

More delicious and healthy salads you are going to love!

Grapefruit, Kale & Hearts of Palm Salad from TheFoodCharlatan.com
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Avocado and Grapefruit Salad

A refreshing avocado and grapefruit salad featuring kale, hearts of palm, and thin slivers of red Chile peppers. Perfect for summer, or anytime you need a side salad that is not the same old, same old. Toss in some grilled chicken to make it a main dish!


  • 3 tablespoons canola, or olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoons lime zest, or to taste
  • 1 & 1/2 tablespoons lime juice, fresh
  • 1 & 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground, or to taste
  • salt , to taste
  • 4 cups baby kale or regular kale, chopped
  • 1 & 1/2 cups ruby red grapefruit sections, about 2 large grapefruit
  • 1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 14-oz can hearts of palm, rinsed, drained, and cut diagonally into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 small red Chile, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, ripe, cut into thin wedges


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, lime zest, lime juice, mayonnaise, honey, and pepper, and salt to taste.
  • In a salad bowl, toss together kale, grapefruit, red onion, hearts of palm, and red chile. Gently top with the avocado. Serve with dressing, or toss it in the bowl. You can also arrange the salad on 6 individual plates.


If you can't find hearts of palm, you can substitute chopped artichoke hearts. Fennel is also often used.
If you are nervous about the red chile, you can omit it and add hot sauce to the dressing for some flavor.
If kale isn't your thing, just use any green that you like: arugula, romaine, green or red leaf, spring green, etc.
Source: adapted from Cooking Light


Serving: 1 bowl, Calories: 200 kcal, Carbohydrates: 17 g, Protein: 3 g, Fat: 15 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8 g, Trans Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 1 mg, Sodium: 43 mg, Potassium: 513 mg, Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 7 g, Vitamin A: 5249 IU, Vitamin C: 88 mg, Calcium: 89 mg, Iron: 1 mg