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Grape, Avocado and Arugula Salad

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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.

Grape, Avocado & Arugula Salad | #glutenfree

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

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  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 -4 servings 1x


This grape, avocado and arugula salad is fresh and light, and it makes for the perfect meal or side salad.



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:

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

To Make The Vinaigrette:

  1. Whisk all ingredients together for 30 seconds until combined.

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49 comments on “Grape, Avocado and Arugula Salad”

  1. 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 :)

  2. 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!

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

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

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

  8. 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.

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

  10. Perfect summer salad!

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

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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!

  17. 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!

  18. Yumee, looks soooo tasty :-)
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  19. Omg, this looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  20. This salad looks so delicious!! I’ll definitely be giving it a try…maybe with gorgonzola as a sub for the goat cheese…can’t wait!

  21. I made this salad and it was delicious!!! We loved it and now make it all the time. Thank you for sharing such a great salad recipe!

  22. We’re glad you enjoyed the salad Sabrina! :)

  23. This salad is fantastic. I loved it so much I had thirds and was too full to eat any of the main course. 

  24. I loved this salad!  It’s my New Year’s goal to eat more salads and this one was awesome.  I made a half batch, because it’s just me (can’t get my husband to eat salads yet!) and I ate half of the half… so delicious!  I made exactly as the recipe went, except I used store brand balsamic vinaigrette because I already had some on hand.  Yummy!

  25. I made this for lunch today and it was AMAZING!

  26. Great recipe

  27. Looks lovely. Great detailed pictures. So easy and very similar to what people would order in a restaurant. (I like using pear when in season for salads like this).

  28. This avocado-grape salad is really looking so great. This arugula and walnuts add so much flavor to them. Thanks for putting them together.

  29. A friend brought this salad to a potluck and I loved it!! I had to have the recipe. It’s so good!

  30. This recipe I have found in a long time,it’s difficult to see on the internet. Thank you for this amazing article!

  31. Absolutely delicious, great recipe and very colourful,,,,taste is amazing, made it for vegetarian company who loved it,

  32. Oh my god. This looks so delicious. Can’t wait to try it out tonight :)

  33. Our go to salad!

  34. I made this for Father’s Day as an accompaniment to steak. I used 1/2 of the honey. It was a huge hit. My son-in-law said it was his new favorite salad!

  35. This salad is excellent! I have prepared it with both white balsamic and traditional balsamic. Both times I only used 1 tablespoon of honey. I have received many compliments and have been asked to bring it to a family gathering. My new favorite salad!

  36. OMG!!! This is soooo delicious !! The dressing ?????

  37. I didn’t have pecans (gasp!) so made it without. Otherwise quite tasty.

  38. i substiuted hummus 2 T for the olive oil and i LOVE IT

  39. Best salad ever!!!

  40. This is one of my favorite salad recipes! Thank you

  41. This is a delicious salad! I always get compliments whenever I serve it. My favorite way to serve it is whenever I have leftover flank steak or tri-tip, I thinly slice the meat and serve it cold on top of the salad. The arugula is a perfect complement to the meat! Thanks so much for sharing!

  42. Espectacular!!! Fue todo un éxito!!

  43. This is my favorite salad to make for company. It’s light and the combination of arugula, grapes and avocado is different, refreshing, and beautiful. I omitted the onlons and put the nuts on the side (for those who don’t eat nuts).

  44. I literally *just* made this for myself for lunch and I cannot rave enough. No one in my family likes salads so when I find these amazing recipes I have to file them away for “I guess I’ll make this someday…” Today I was in the mood and this recipe did. not. disappoint! I made a half recipe and ate the whole thing shamelessly by myself. And yes, at least a grape or two in every bite. The flavors… oh my goodness. That dressing is so simple but SO yummy!!

    Ok, raving over 😉 Thank you for this!