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Avocado Citrus Salad

Avocados, full of brain-boosting vitamin E and a monounsaturated fat that helps lower blood pressure, bring a creamy deliciousness to this healthy, easily made salad.

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You’ve heard people talk about good fat versus bad fat, but avocados are the best, full of brain-boosting vitamin E and a monounsaturated fat that helps lower blood pressure—which can help lower the risk of cognitive impairment. This salad is a gorgeous, delicious way to keep your brain in top shape.


1 medium grapefruit ¼ tsp. sea salt, plus sprinkling to taste
2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed grapefruit juice ¼ c. extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp. lemon zest 4 c. loosely packed arugula or mixed greens
1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice ½ c. shaved fennel or celery
1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice ¼ c. fresh mint leaves, chopped
1 Tbsp. honey 1 avocado, sliced
1 tsp. grated ginger  


1. Cut skin and membrane away from grapefruit. When all the segments are out, squeeze remaining juice into small bowl and add more grapefruit juice as needed to make 2 tablespoons.

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2. Add the zest, lemon juice, lime juice, honey, ginger and 1⁄4 teaspoon of salt. Stir to combine.

3. Slowly pour in olive oil, whisking all the while, and continue whisking until smooth. Transfer to a small container with a fitted lid and shake well.

4. Mix arugula, fennel and mint in large bowl. Add a tablespoon or two of dressing and toss.

5. Top with avocado and grapefruit segments, and drizzle with a little more dressing and a light sprinkle of salt.

Tips: Make this salad heartier by adding grilled shrimp or salmon. Oranges or tangerines will make a lovely substitution for the grapefruit.

Serves 4

Nutritional Information: Calories: 270; Fat: 22g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 160mg; Total Carbohydrates: 20g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugars: 11g; Protein: 3g.

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Excerpted with permission from The Healthy Mind Cookbook: Big-Flavor Recipes to Enhance Brain Function, Mood, Memory, and Mental Clarity by Rebecca Katz, published by Ten Speed Press, 2015.

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