Our end-of-the-week recipe is the perfect meal on a hot summer day when you don’t feel like turning on your oven.

On Wednesday, I noted that avocados are a good nutritional choice, as long as you don’t overdo it when snacking on chips and guacamole. But when avocado is the star of the culinary show, you can really appreciate its dietary benefits: One-fifth of a medium avocado has 55 calories, with 3 g monounsaturated and 1 g saturated fat. This means one medium avocado has 275 calories and 25% of your daily limit for saturated fat—not bad if you’re making a meal out of it.

One medium avocado also meets 25% of your daily potassium requirement, 60% of your daily fiber goal and 20% of the following recommended nutrients: vitamin E, riboflavin, vitamin B6, vitamin C and niacin.

California Avocado Grapefruit Salad

Makes 2 servings

2 large avocados
2 ruby red grapefruit (or other sweet variety)
Poppy seed dressing (brand of your choice)
Lettuce leaves

  1. Peel and slice avocados. Section grapefruit, removing pulp.
  2. Toss avocados and grapefruit with dressing (about 1/3 cup).
  3. Serve on lettuce leaves.
  4. Optional: As shown in the photo, you can add orange slices and garnish with fresh citrus peel and a sprig of mint before serving.

Note: Because you are committed to organic living, OrganicAuthority.com recommends using certified organic foods, when available, in all recipes to maximize flavor and nutrition, while minimizing your risk of exposure to pesticides, chemicals and preservatives.

Photo courtesy of the California Avocado Commission