Kripalu Recipe: Avocado, Grapefruit, and Pumpkin Seed Salad

Posted on June 28th, 2013 by in Kripalu Kitchen

This salad is a unique way to make a meal with fruit as the centerpiece. The combination of avocado and pumpkin seeds (also known as pepitas) give this dish substance and crunch. Grapefruit and lime juice add sparkle and balance the flavors. Perfect for a warm summer evening or a special lunch.

Serves two to four.

2 grapefruits, peeled and sliced into wedges
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
1 avocado, halved, peeled, and cut into wedges
½ red onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons raw honey
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Arugula

Roast the pumpkin seeds in a dry skillet until they begin to pop and brown. On a bed of arugula, arrange grapefruit wedges, onions, and avocado. Whisk together honey and lime and drizzle on top of fruit. Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds, and serve.

This salad is nutrient dense and Paleolithic in nature. To begin with, grapefruits are packed with the phytonutrient naringenin, which has been shown in animal studies to help make insulin more effective than it is on its own, and, in human studies, to help with weight loss. Next, avocados are a great source of glutathione, which helps our liver detoxification processes, and bita stitosterol, which helps lower our cholesterol levels. They are also more than 70 percent monounsaturated fat, helping reduce our risk for developing type-2 diabetes. Pumpkin seeds are a great source of minerals and trace minerals, most notably zinc and magnesium. Men can eat pumpkin seeds or pumpkin-seed butter regularly to reduce their risk of prostate cancer.

 

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