Grapefruit and Fennel Salad


1 fennel bulb thinly sliced

2 avocados, peeled and cut into chunks

1 large pink grapefruit, peeled and cut into chunks

2 handfuls salad greens

2 handfuls bitter greens (options: arugula, kale, spinach, endive)


1 garlic clove, finely chopped

1½ tsp. ground coriander

1½ tsp. ground cumin

3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

1 15-oz. can chickpeas, rinsed

Citrus tahini dressing

½ garlic clove

2 tbsp. tahini

Finely grated zest and juice of half a lemon

Juice of ½ grapefruit

1 tsp honey

2 tbsp. olive oil

2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar (herbal vinegar)

salt and pepper

This salad is the perfect summer day meal, or a great side salad for a barbeque. Enjoy!

Within the last few weeks, the weather has quickly transitioned from the coolness of spring, to the heat of summer. It’s that short-wearing, picnic-going and salad-eating time of year. With the heat and sunshine I always crave greens, and luckily our local grocers and farmers markets are abounding with micro greens, mixed lettuce, arugula, and kale.

This salad recipe was created to showcase the bitter flavour, balanced with the tart and sweet tangs of grapefruit and the nutty flavour of tahini. There are plenty of bitter greens you can include – arugula, kale, spinach, endive, radicchio, etc. I find mixing bitter greens with mixed salad greens creates a perfect balance. The cumin-roasted chickpeas add an additional flavour profile, and extra protein.


Serves 4 as a side salad


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Mix garlic, coriander, cumin, and 3 tbsp. oil in a large bowl. Add chickpeas with a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss to coat.
  3. Transfer the chickpeas to a parchment-paper lined baking tray. Bake, tossing halfway through, and until golden brown (approximately 20 minutes).
  4. Meanwhile, mix the dressing ingredients in a small food processor or blender. Blend until smooth.
  5. Combine the fennel, avocado, grapefruits and greens in a large salad bowl.
  6. Add the roasted chickpeas and the dressing. Toss the salad.
  7. Enjoy.


  1. Denise

    Recently made this as a side at a family bbq. Substituted orange for grapefruit. Delicious and nutritious!!

    • sarah

      What a great idea! That is such a good substitution, particularly if someone can’t have grapefruit. Thank you for the idea:)


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