Prawn, Avocado & Citrus Salad

by Claire Minnaar

The avocado is a food without rival among the fruits, the veritable fruit of paradise

This salad is a great one for losing weight as it’s high in protein and healthy fats.

It’s also a great dish when entertaining or suitable for a meal for 2.

Why do we spin salad leaves? This is necessary in order to keep the greens from going limp and enable salad dressing and oil to stick to the leaves.

People think using oil is bad for your diet, but it’s not all bad in small quantities, Canola oil, which is made from the crushed seeds of the canola plant, is among the healthiest of cooking oils. It has the lowest saturated fat content of any oil commonly consumed. Small amounts of oil are good for skin and hair and also aid digestion. 

Info on Grape fruit

  1. Grapefruit Helps in Losing Weight

Grapefruit is high in enzymes that burn fats, has high water content and has less sodium. A combination of these three characteristics make grapefruit a perfect food for increasing your body’s metabolism. Try eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice every day and you will notice how quickly you lose those extra pounds.

  1. Prevents Arthritis and Works as an Antiseptic

Grapefruit contains salicylic acid that helps break down the body’s inorganic calcium, which builds up in the cartilage of joints and may lead to arthritis. If you have arthritis, try drinking grapefruit juice with apple cider vinegar. You will notice a reduction in your arthritis symptoms.

The salicylic acid in grapefruit also works as a powerful antiseptic. In addition, grapefruit seed extracts can be added to water to make an antiseptic spray for treating bacterial and fungal infections.

  1. Grapefruit Helps in Cancer Prevention

Lycopene is a carotenoid pigment that is responsible for the red color of grapefruit. It is a powerful agent against tumors and cancers as it acts as a scavenger of cancer-causing free radicals. Lycopene works best with vitamins A and C, which are also found in grapefruit.

An antioxidant compound, called naringenin, is also found in grapefruit. Naringenin helps repair damaged DNA in prostate cancer cells. DNA repair contributes to cancer prevention as it impedes the reproduction of cancer cells.

  1. Grapefruit Helps Lower Cholesterol Levels

The antioxidants found in grapefruit are effective in reducing cholesterol levels. However, if you are on prescription drugs, do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice. Grapefruit has a negative reaction against many prescription drugs such as those used in treating depression, allergies, high blood pressure, seizures, impotence, heart palpitations and even HIV. Inform your physician if you want to use grapefruit as a regular form of treatment.

Prawn, Avocado & Citrus Salad

Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


  • 1/2 pack baby spinach
  • ½ iceberg lettuce, washed, spun and shredded
  • 400 g peeled and cooked prawns (preferably prawn meat)
  • 1 avocado, peeled, stoned and cut into slivers
  • 1 pink grapefruit, peeled and segmented
  • 30ml / 2 tblsp pomegranate rubies
  • Citrus Vinaigrette Dressing:
  • 15ml white balsamic vinegar
  • 30ml orange juice (juiced with our juicer)
  • 20ml clear honey
  • 45ml canola oil
  • 5ml orange zest (optional)


  1. Steam the prawns over a pot of boiling water till they are firm and pink and then set aside and allow to cool.
  2. Mix the salad dressing and make sure the honey is completely dissolved.
  3. Assemble the salad by starting with the leaves and topping with prawns, avocado and grapefruit.
  4. Toss salad lightly and garnish with pomegranate rubies. 
  5. Drizzle dressing over salad and serve.

Credit: Nicole Ferguson

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