Grapefruit & Walnut Salad w/ Triple Citrus Dressing

by Julie on May 25, 2010

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Since I enjoy salad every single day I love to get creative with the combinations so I am always experimenting with homemade dressings.  This one in particular though has me thinking about how yummy it is for hours before I’ve even made it.  I never knew I could be so obsessed with a salad dressing!  I’ve been making this particular recipe that I recreated about 10 years ago after dining out on a buying trip in Toronto.  Feels like a century ago.

I used to make it with a little bit of white wine vinegar but have since replaced vinegar with lemon juice in most of my salad dressings to improve the alkalinity and to avoid fermented products that harbour millions of pathogens–fungus and molds.

Dr. Robert O. Young believes that to avoid disease we need to also avoid toxins that our body doesn’t tolerate well.  With his extensive research he has identified sources of extreme toxins in our everyday food that many people have allergies to– it’s no coincidence that they do.  Vinegars, soy sauces, fish sauces etc. are tricky.  I try to avoid them all together.  Peanuts are wicked– they develops millions of pathogens immediately after harvest as does corn.  Ever wonder why soooo many kids have peanut allergies?  If you could eat the peanuts or corn immediately upon harvest you avoid most of the harmful toxins.  My kids love corn so we opt to only eat it in season when we can buy it straight from the farmer knowing that he picked it that very day.  Many stored grains such as wheat, oats & corn are toxic as they are harvested and stored for such lengthy periods that any trapped moisture develops molds which end up being processed into any products that the grain becomes, hence the wheat intolerance, perhaps?

What I suggest in order to avoid stored grains is to choose local and organic grains when ever possible.  I have managed to find a few bakeries in my neighborhood specifically this one called True Grain Bread that use locally sourced organic grain and process it themselves on site for flour, oats, bran and more.  They often sell the raw ingredients as well, whole or ground.  I find that their products taste far superior and some say that these local organic goodies don’t bother them even if they are typically sensitive.  The key is to limit your grain/protein consumption to a max of 20-30% of your daily intake along with lots of salads and veggies for a balanced alkaline diet.  So here’s a great easy salad you’ll enjoy often to help you achieve this balance.

Be sure to start with a variety of organic greens, local if possible and wash them well.  I like to add sprouts of some sort to add extra life force, high energy yielding greens, to the salad.  If you haven’t tried sprouting your own you should give it a whirl.  It’s quite rewarding to enjoy your own crop of sprouts and if you have kids they will get really excited about this little project.  You can use a simple mason jar with cheese cloth for easy draining or pick up a sprouting kit at your local health food store.  About the lemon squeezer above, well um…. it’s the best, really!  I use it more than once a day for lemons and limes.  There is an orange coloured one that is also available for oranges and grapefruits.  I have it too!  Even Oprah uses this gadget!  A good tip is to squeeze the fruit as shown above and then invert the fruit to skin side up and press again for maximum juice extraction.

Grapefruit & Walnut Salad w/ Triple Citrus Dressing
1/2 head of curly leaf lettuce,washed, spun and torn into bite size pieces
1/2 head of red leaf lettuce, washed, spun and torn into bite size pieces
1-2 avocados sliced
1 large grape fruit, segments removed from membranes
1/3 cup raw walnuts (toast if you prefer but they are healthier left raw)
1 cup of sunflower spouts or pea shoots washed and dried
optional; 1/4 c fresh mint chopped small and tossed with greens

Dressing
juice of 1 large grapefruit
juice of 1 navel orange
juice of 1 large lemon
1/3 c raw cold pressed sunflower oil (or flax or olive oil or a combination)
1 1/2  tbsp agave syrup – or to taste
1/4 tsp honey mustard
pinch of celtic sea salt
1/4 tsp fresh grated ginger

Yield: 1 cup dressing

Method
Combine the above ingredients in a measuring cup and wisk well.
Place lettuce greens & mint if using in large bowl.  Toss well with 2/3 of the dressing. Divide dressed greens between 4 salad plates.  Top each salad with avocado slices, grapefruit, walnuts and stack sprouts on top.  Drizzle with more dressing and serve immediately.

If  you have fresh mint to add to the greens I suggest giving it a try,  it’s soooo fresh and bright tasting with the citrus.  I could eat this salad all day.  For dinner sometimes I pair it with a small piece of grilled halibut or another dish like a quinoa salad.  For lunch I often just have a double serving and I am one happy camper.  My kids also enjoy this salad too.  I do find it tricky to get them to eat a lot of salad.  They eat lots and lots of veggie sticks but not as many greens so I am constantly trying to find ways to get them to have their daily dose of greens, even when they aren’t looking:)

Are you an avocado fan?  How many avocados do you eat everyday?  I wasn’t fond of them 3-4 years ago but now it’s a bit of an obsession–trying to always have enough perfectly ripe ones on hand for smoothies and salads.  Avocados are one of the most perfect foods on this planet.  Providing the best source of healthy fats, long-chain polyunsaturated fats as these help to neutralize acidity in the body that builds up through metabolism.  Avocados are approx 80% fat but they don’t make you fat.  Because avocados are a low sugar fruit they are a highly concentrated source of potassium–more than bananas–that help regulate an alkaline body as well as being a good source of protein to fuel your body.  They are excellent for diabetics trying to stabilize blood sugar.  I usually have 1-2 avocados a day and I find that my dry skin is not so dry when I am consistent.  Add to this the flax oil, evening primrose oil and omega 3 fish oil capsules that I take daily–I feel great and have more supple skin for it.

Enjoy the salad, be well, be healthy:)

Julie

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Leslie May 25, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Julie this salad looks awesome -I will try the dressing for sure. I eat at least one avocado a day and have done for years (it is like my body literally craves them). I feel blessed to live in southern California where avocados are in abundance. Yummy -thank you!!!

admin May 25, 2010 at 8:10 pm

Leslie, I only wish I had an avocado tree close by in addition to some citrus trees! I suppose I should be grateful though for the fantastic apple trees we do have! Thanx kindly for your comment.

Ricki May 27, 2010 at 9:31 am

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog–I am thrilled that you did, because it led me here! This is a gorgeous space you have–and that salad! Stunning. I try to eat salad every day but I’m not that creative with them so I really appreciate posts like this one. And I didn’t know about the fresh corn being okay–YUM. :)

What’s your take on citrus? I know it’s good for alkalinizing, but I’ve also been told it harbors molds that get into the flesh when you cut through the skin. I’d love to bring oranges and grapefruits back into my diet, though.

Oh, and congrats on going to the conference–what a fabulous experience that will be1

admin May 27, 2010 at 10:18 am

Hi Ricki. I use a lot of lemons- I mean a lot- they are sooo incredibly alkalizing and I buy only organic and the freshest possible and wash, then peel with a knife for juicing or I wash and press for dressings as such. I also take myco detox which is a great supplement created by Dr Robert O. Young (The pH Miracle Book) the alkaline expert and and expert on yeast, fungus, and mold (as well as candida issues big time). His product assists the body with dealing with any toxins that you may encounter even accidentally from molds. Just pick your fruit carefully and use shortly there after. We eat very few oranges (too high in sugar- feeds candida) some grapefruit and like I said tonnes of lemons. Melons are the same but you just have to be very selective and wash well. The super fresh corn is okay pathogen wise (not perfect) but still very high in sugar and starch so do limit quantities and have fresh greens with it.
Glad you like the site I look forward to adding lots more!
Thank you kindly for your comments.
Julie

Bronwyn June 1, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Your photography is so wonderful, the salad looks so fresh and delightful. I have always been attracted to “Cookbook 101″ because of her photography and of course the recipes as well, I would have to say your blog most certainly has the same appeal.

I quit eating grapefruits about 3 years ago because Dr. Weil, and others, had indicated that there was an increased risk of breast cancer by eating as little as 1/3 of a grapefruit a day. I have to say I have really missed grapefruits. I am considering putting them back into my diet. I am so sorry to hear that oranges are not a good idea,,,,,,,I do love oranges…..they are my favourite fruit.

I have to admit that I am having trouble committing to making the changes to a more alkaline diet. I keep meaning to start the juice feast every single morning and then fail to plan and organize myself as a result I have not yet been successful in doing that. I am moving that direction however and hope to be there soon.

I had no idea that vinagrette dressings were not suitable so in learning that I am happy that you have shared this more alkaline dressing. Thank you so much for the information you provide and the time you put into sharing this knowledge with us.

Ivana June 10, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Hello Yvonne & Julie,

I checked your website few months ago and boy, what a surprise to check it out now! It looks absolutely amazing.

Along with my husband, being on the field of alternative medicine (still attending school) and being funs of organic/healthy/alkaline eating, it is a delight to see the amazing recipes along with additional professional and accurate information and reference books that you ladies have added. What an educational treasure!

Honestly, I can’t wait to finish my comment and run to the kitchen to prepare the “Grapefruit & Walnut Salad w/ Triple Citrus Dressing” that really made me dribble…

Frankly, I don’t think I have ever seen a most appealing website. The photographed recipes are the most wonderful and unique feature of your website. Please don’t ever remove such marvellous feature.

Look forward to trying all recipes and placing comments whenever I can.

Full of gratitude I wish for Peace, Love, Health & Joy in your lives…

Julie June 19, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Awe thanks Bronwyn. Sorry so late in responding as I have been away. There is a lot to learn but it’s a journey and once you begin, you start feeling great and end up yearning for more. I plan on doing a juice feast soon so if you wish I can support you in doing yours and we can do it together. Sound like a plan for motivation? The oranges are tricky because of the sugar content so only in moderation once you are balanced is best. As for the grapefruit I haven’t read about the cancer issues but I will research it out of great curiosity. The vinegars are not so great as they are fermented and contain fungus and molds. Again, infrequent use is fine once you are balanced and you understand how to eliminate toxins effectively and consistently. Let me know about the juicing feast.

Julie June 19, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Your words of praise and encouragement are much appreciated and greatly inspire us to continue our passionate journey! Looking forward to meeting you here often!

Julie June 19, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Ivana Your words of praise and encouragement are much appreciated and greatly inspire us to continue our passionate journey! Looking forward to meeting you here often!

Lynnette June 24, 2010 at 8:30 am

This salad looks amazing! I have food allergies and stomach issues to deal with. I try with difficulty to consistantly eat well. What you say here makes sense I will keep it in mind and return for more words of wisdom! Thanks for sharing.

Julie June 24, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Hi Lynette Just keep on trying as you will over come it. I highly recommend the pHor salts which are mineral salts that really assist with tummy issues. They are highly alkalizing and will assist along with an improved diet to heal a troubled tummy-there’s nothing worse! I take the salts 2x’s daily, morning and night. You can find them at this link http://www.innerlightinc.com/ProductPage.aspx?ItemID=1060&ID=alkalinesisters if you are interested. If you haven’t done a juice feast/cleanse I highly recommend this too. If you persevere you will completely solve your uncomfortable tummy and eliminate your food allergies. Dr.Young’s book “The pH Miracle” is a must if you are really keen. Paper back is only $8.95. All the best and let me know how you are doing and if you need support or if you want further assistance with a consultant as I can forward you on to one.

Catherine June 2, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Love your recipes…do you have a mailing list to get latest scoop?

Love,
Catherine

Julie June 11, 2011 at 11:08 am

Hi Catherine, yes you can receive our posts via email so that you don’t miss any by subscribing in the top right hand cornet of the site just below the search box. We’d love for you to join our tribe of readers:)

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