I Don’t Always Drink Salad Dressing, But When I Do, It’s Sesame Citrus Salad Dressing

When I got home from work, I had no intention to start a cooking/shooting/blogging sesh. It just happened. I had a huge bag of ruby red grapefruit that my husband brought me from the ranch, I had a box of that living butter lettuce (yeah, it’s a little weird to have a ball of dirt attached to your lettuce, but gutsy choices in produce are my version of walking on the wild side. (Cue music snippet: American Woman by the Guess Who…fantasy biker chick montage, gimme a minute…and, we’re back.)) homemade croutons, fresh crispy cucumbers and some gorgeous oversized avocados. All of which were just begging to go together in a salad. And the pink, green and gold colors were dazzling. I thought I would whisk together a quick sesame citrus dressing, and splash it over my beautiful creation.


Sometimes when I’m developing recipes, I really don’t know if what I create will turn out well. I’ve had sesame citrus dressing before in restaurants, and I do love the flavor combination of nutty, rich sesame and tangy rice vinegar. But I never thought much about making it until tonight. It was very easy, and incredibly rewarding. Sweet, salty, deeply sesame-y (is that a thing?) creamy and buttery with the avocados, this salad had everything. And yes, when I finished eating the vegetables, I literally drank the dressing from the plate. It’s a good thing I was alone. Shlurp.

Frankly, I’ve fallen out of love with salad.  I have eaten countless cold salads in my life, in my daily attempt to try to control my weight and my appetite. Now, a cold salad is just an opportunity for me to feel sorry for myself. I much prefer hot meals over cold any more. But tonight, it was a night for salad, and I do believe I will make this one again.

Probably with a double shot of sesame citrus salad dressing on the side. Neat.



Grapefruit Avocado Salad & Sesame Citrus Dressing

  • Yield: 4 Servings


  • 1 head butter lettuce, leaves left whole
  • 1 large grapefruit, sectioned with membranes removed
  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • 1 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • Croutons
  • Sesame seeds for garnish
  • 2 tbsp. rice wine vinegar (30ml)
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil (15ml)
  • ¼ cup olive oil (60ml)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Juice of ½ grapefruit
  • Salt and freshly cracked black pepper


  1. Combine salad ingredients in a large salad bowl. Set aside.
  2. Combine dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk together. Pour over salad right before serving.


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