Grapefruit Avocado Couscous

Every once in a while, I meet and become friends with a writer I’ve admired for a long time. That always makes me feel lucky, because I’ve found a person who is as great in the real world as they are online – surprisingly a rare find. When they invite you to be part of something they love, it’s almost more than flattering, it’s intimidating. And yet they can make you feel so welcome that your fears are easily dissolved.

One such person is Aimée from Simple Bites. I was stunned when she asked me to join the Simple Bites team last year, but I quickly felt like part of the group. Aimee is a born nurturer, and I’ve loved reading about her boys growing up. I couldn’t be happier about her new baby girl, and I know I’m not the only one.

That’s why we decided to surprise Aimée with a virtual baby shower! Now, Aimée, I know this is your third child and you’ve gone through all the motions before, so just sit back, enjoy some snacks, and wait for that sweet girl to come.

I’ve made a refreshing grapefruit and avocado couscous salad. It’s perfect for this almost-spring weather we have, and I swear I did not choose it based on the fact that the beautiful Texas Rio Star grapefruit looks so lovely and baby-girl pink in dishes. Make sure you use avocados that are firm, yet ripe. You want the avocado to maintain its shape in the salad and not get mushy.

You can easily add a zesty vinaigrette to this salad, but I prefer to let the fresh flavors of the grapefruit and avocado shine.

Grapefruit Avocado Couscous Salad

1 cup dry couscous
2 large red grapefruit
2-4 small avocados (or 2 large)
1 tablespoon finely diced shallot
Juice of 1 lime
½ cup diced fresh parsley or cilantro
Salt and pepper

Set a saucepan with 2 cups of water or vegetable stock to boil. Once water is boiling, pour in couscous, cover, and remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

Section your grapefruit (a helpful tutorial video is located over at Kitchen Daily) and place onto a paper towel. Halve avocados, remove pits, and slice into small chunks. Put avocado in a large bowl along with shallot; drizzle lime juice over the top and stir gently.

Fluff couscous with a fork and add to the bowl. Add grapefruit and parsley or cilantro and stir gently to combine all ingredients. Salt and pepper to taste.

Cover and chill until ready to serve, up to 12 hours in advance. (Any longer and the avocado might start to oxidize and turn an unattractive brown.)

 

Don’t forget to visit all the rest of the shower recipes!

Strawberry & Vanilla Cupcakes with Strawberry Jam Frosting from Bluebonnets & Brownies
Strawberry Pretzel Dessert by My Baking Addiction
California Veggie Wraps from My Kitchen Addiction
Waffle Cone Fruit Cups by Dine & Dish
Mini Berry Pies on a Stick and Kettle Corn at Food for My Family
Perfectly Pink Pomegranate Smoothies from Food Your Way
Quiche Lorraine from GoodLife{Eats}
 

Comments

  1. says

    Aw, Megan, you are too kind. I’m so happy to know you and that we get to ‘work’ together.

    I feel like you’ve been a part of this pregnancy ever since BSP where I announced my barely-there baby bump. Now you a part of my virtual baby shower – so it’s perfect.

    You’ve created an original salad that looks SO refreshing and perfect for welcoming a baby girl. I can’t wait to try it!

    Thank you again for your thoughtful post and for just being plain awesome.

    XOX
    ~ Aimee

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  2. says

    Megan, you are such a sweetheart, and I’m so glad we’ve gotten to hang out and get to know each other this year. This is a truly awesome post, and I *love* the salad. I’m so glad we could come together to celebrate Aimee. I’m even more glad to call you friend.

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  3. says

    Such a lovely, fresh salad, Megan. Avocados and grapefruits are two of my favorite foods. They look just lovely together in this salad. I’m over the moon for Aimee and her family. :)

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