Grape, Avocado and Arugula Salad

July 28, 2014 by Ali

This Grape, Avocado and Arugula Salad is full of amazing, fresh flavor. And it's easy to make. And naturally gluten-free. And SO GOOD!

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Somehow, I kind of forgot about grapes.

Like, I basically spaced off that they existed for about a year. I just kind of forgot about them. They never crossed my mind when planning ingredients for a big salad. They never made it into my shopping bag. I’m pretty sure they never made it into my mouth for nearly a year, save for (ahem) a few glasses of wine.

How did I forget about grapes?!?

Please tell me I’m not the only one who completely spaced off the existence of a delightful food for awhile. (And even if not, you can just pretend so I don’t feel crazy.)

Anyway, big dramatic grape story aside, you can probably guess that this wave of fruit amnesia finally lifted and this story had a happy ending when my eyes landed on a beautiful bunch of red seedless grapes at the store a few weeks ago. And something clicked and I finally saw them. And then immediately started craving their sweet, crisp, pop-able, grapey goodness. And then this beautiful salad happened when I came home with — oh — about 5 pounds of grapes. You know, to make up for lost time. With me. And the grapes.

And let me tell you, it was grape-a-licious.

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I feel like salad photos are always a bit like Where’s Waldo puzzles for me. I always want to play detective and see if I can spot the red and white hat ingredients before they’re listed. Can you see them all?

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Well, let’s just dive into it. Because they make for a heck of a yummy combination when tossed together to make a salad.

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You’ll need:

  • arugula (fresh, peppery, and still my all-time favorite salad green)
  • grapes galore (I went for multicolor using halved red and green seedless grapes)
  • avocado (because I can’t seem to make a salad without it)
  • goat cheese (or any soft cheese)
  • toasted walnuts (or pecans, or whatever nut sounds good)
  • red onion (thinly sliced, and also quite pretty)
  • not pictured: white balsamic vinaigrette (made with my favorite white balsamic vinegar, but you could also use traditional vinegar)

If you want to add in some extra protein, I recommend adding in either:

  • grilled chicken
  • grilled shrimp
  • crispy tofu

If you want to make it vegan:

  • just nix the goat cheese, and add in a tablespoon or two of nutritional yeast or vegan cheese if you’d like
  • or just don’t even worry about adding cheese (the salad stands well on its own without it)

If you want to make it gluten-free:

  • hakuna matata — it’s already naturally gluten-free

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You’ll need to:

  • Add all of your ingredients together in a big bowl, drizzle on your dressing, and toss everything until combined
  • (That’s it!)

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And then if you want to be like me, be sure to get a grape in every delicious bite to make up for lost time.

Seriously, this salad was wonderfully light and fresh and flavorful and I plan to make it again immediately when I get back from Europe, because it was that good.

Viva the grapes!

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Grape, Avocado and Arugula Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2-4 servings


    Salad Ingredients:
  • 6 cups fresh arugula, loosely packed
  • 2 cups halved seedless grapes, red or green or a mix
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts or pecans
  • half a small red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • balsamic vinaigrette (ingredients below)
  • White Balsamic Vinaigrette Ingredients:
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons white balsamic vinegar (or traditional balsamic vinegar)
  • 2 Tablespoons honey or agave nectar, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper


To Make The Salad:

Add salad ingredients to a bowl, and drizzle with vinaigrette. Toss to combine. Serve immediately.

To Make The Vinaigrette:

Whisk all ingredients together for 30 seconds until combined.

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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20 thoughts on “Grape, Avocado and Arugula Salad

  1. Yumee, looks soooo tasty :-)
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    - Desy

  2. I bought grapes over the weekend and I just remembered that they’re in my fridge thanks to your post haha! I probably would have forgotten about them. This looks delicious!

    - Emily @ Zen & Spice

  3. Arugula is my all time favorite green too, and I love all of the ingredients in this salad. Never thought to add grapes but what a fantastic idea!

    - PassTheKnife

  4. Love this Ali!! Fruit in salads is my JAM!!

    - Millie

  5. Now this is my kind of salad Ali, especially with the spicy arugula. Light fresh and easy, my kind of meal. Need to try white balsamic vinegar, I use regular balsamic all the time so I’m sure I’ll love it.

    - Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

  6. This salad looks so colorful and delicious. I love the addition of grapes in my salads!

    - Tiffany

  7. Love all your salad recipes, Ali! They are always so easy to make and tasty like this one. I hope you have a wonderful week.

    - Olivia - Primavera Kitchen

  8. You make the prettiest salads! I love them all!

    - Annie @Maebells

  9. Perfect summer salad!

    - Meredith

  10. I love how the sweetness of the grapes and the creamy avocado play off of the bitter arugula here! Yum :)

    - Medha @ Whisk & Shout

  11. I feel like grapes are kind of a forgotten fruit. Everyone is all about the peaches, the watermelon, the berries! Grapes are a nice refreshing change. Beautiful salad.

    - Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps

  12. Everything about this salad sounds (and looks) delicious!

    - jenna @ just j.faye

  13. Delicious! I actually have some grapes hanging out in my fridge since I used them with dinner last night. Great idea for a salad dinner this week!

    - The Chardonnay Kitchen

  14. It’s funny – I always forget about grapes too but my son could eat them by the handful. It’s almost grape season here and I am ready to bring them back into rotation!! This is gorgeous!

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

  15. Such a gorgeous salad!

    - Marie @ Little Kitchie

  16. This looks delicious! And I agree, avocado is a requirement for any salad.

    - Emily

  17. I love adding sweets to my salad — I usually go for dried cranberries or some sliced strawberries, but grapes are a great idea!

    - Cookbook Queen

  18. I eat red grapes pretty much every day. But I never consider adding them to my salad (aside from chicken salad). They add such a fun splash of color!

    - Sues

  19. I always forget about grapes too and I don’t know why because I love Waldorf salad. This salad looks delicious. I love the combination of arugula, goat cheese, and all the other goodness :)

    - Bri | Bites of Bri