Avocado Citrus Salad with Lime Poppy Seed Dressing

Last weekend I had the pleasure of going to California to learn all about those one-of-a-kind California Avocados.

… but I will have to wait till next month to tell you all about it. {oh the suspense}

For now, I have one irresistible Avocado Citrus Salad with Lime Poppy Seed Dressing to share with you.

Avocado & Citrus Salad with Lime Poppy Seed Dressing

A sweet way to enjoy a California Avocado is by pairing it with some citrus.

The avocado adds a creamy texture to this sweet summer salad. When combined with a creamy lime poppy seed dressing, it’s a salad that is not only beautiful, but a definite crowd pleaser.

Avocado & Citrus Salad with Lime Poppy Seed Dressing

I cut some oranges and grapefruits into little discs, then layered them with some California Avocados on top of a bed of leafy greens.

I whipped up a quick batch of Creamy Lime Poppy Seed Dressing in a blender, and drizzled it on top.

Creamy Lime Poppy Seed Dressing

This salad was so light and refreshing. Even my kids couldn’t get enough of it.

And the dressing? … spoon licking good.

It’s a perfect side salad to bring along to any summer pot luck or BBQ!

Avocado & Citrus Salad with Creamy Lime Poppy Seed Dressing

Don’t forget to include those delicious California Avocados in your 4th of July festivities this year!

Avocado & Citrus Salad with Lime Poppy Seed Dressing
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Avocado & Citrus Salad with Creamy Lime Poppy Seed Dressing

When combined with a creamy lime poppy seed dressing, this is a salad that is not only beautiful, but a definite crowd pleaser.    
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 343 kcal
Author: Shawn


For the Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp onion, diced
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tbsp poppy seeds

For the Salad

  • 6 cups Leafy Lettuce Blend
  • 2 grapefruit, sliced horizontally; peel removed
  • 2 oranges, sliced horizontally; peel removed
  • 3 California Avocados, sliced horizontally, pit and peel removed


For the Dressing:

  • Place all the ingredients except for the poppy seeds into a blender, blend for 30 seconds. Add the poppy seeds and pulse two times. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.

For the Salad:

  • Divide the leafy lettuce blend among 4 plates.
  • Top each plate with slices of grapefruit, oranges, and avocado. Drizzle with the Creamy Lime Poppy Seed Dressing.
  • Enjoy.


Calories: 343kcal | Carbohydrates: 30.5g | Protein: 3.3g | Fat: 25.7g | Cholesterol: 2.9mg | Sodium: 153mg | Sugar: 14.3g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 106mg
Keywords: avocado, grapefruit, lettuce, limes, oranges, poppy seed
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For more delicious summer recipes featuring California Avocados check out what my fellow California Avocado Ambassadors made this month:

Cookin’ Canuck: Black Bean Sliders with Creamy California Avocado Sauce
Dine & Dish: Grilled Avocado and Steak Fajita Wrap
A Southern Fairytale: Spicy Grilled Shrimp Quesadillas with Smoky Avocado Cream Sauce

Disclosure: This recipe was created as part of my partnership and ambassadorship with the California Avocado Commission (CAC). All opinions expressed are my own. For more fantastic ways to use California Avocados, be sure to head to the CAC website, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
17 Responses
  1. Peter @ Feed Your Soul Too

    I love the ingredients in your salad. I featured it on my Friday Five – Summer Salads – http://www.feedyoursoul2.com/2013/07/friday-five-summer-salads.html

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  4. Cookin Canuck

    What a beautiful, fresh and simple salad. I love the combination of flavors from the creamy avocado and the citrus.

    1. Shawn

      Hi Becca, I just cut the avocado horizontally instead of vertically, then pop out the pit like you normally would and slice the avocado with the peel still on so it’s easier. Then remove the peel and you should have little rings! It kind of switches things up a little. 🙂

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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