A simple green salad mixed with creamy avocado, crunchy pistachios and fresh mint comes together beautifully with a simple grapefruit vinaigrette. Delicious and versatile! 

Large green salad in a bowl set on a marble table

These past few weekends have been filled with celebrations, grill-outs, moving, and nights exploring all that Des Moines has to offer. With that comes eating out and many decadent meals. A fresh salad packed with a ton of flavor is exactly what I have needed and this one doesn’t disappoint.

Avocado, edamame, and toasted pistachios offer a trio of textures while fresh mint brightens the combination of arugula and salad greens. A simple vinaigrette is all this salad needs and citrusy grapefruit juice is the perfect starting point. Honey adds a touch of sweetness while cardamom brings a slight warmth to the vinaigrette.

This salad makes for a perfect appetizer or side salad, but topped with grilled chicken or tofu and this would be a fantastic weeknight entrée.

Here’s to hot weather and cold meals!

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Large green salad in a bowl set on a marble table

Herbed Salad with Grapefruit Cardamom Vinaigrette

  • Author: Zestful Kitchen
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings + ½ cup vinaigrette 1x



For the dressing:

  • ¼ cup fresh grapefruit juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Black pepper to taste

For the salad:

  • 4 cups mesclun salad greens
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 5 scallions, thinly sliced on a bias
  • ¾ cup shelled edamame
  • ¼ cup shelled pistachios, toasted, and lightly chopped
  • ¼ cup mint leaves, chopped


Whisk together grapefruit juice, oil, vinegar, honey, cardamom, salt, and pepper.

Toss together mesclun, arugula, avocado, scallions, edamame, pistachios, and mint in a large bowl with vinaigrette.

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Lauren Grant is a professional culinary food scientist, food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer. Lauren is a previous magazine editor and test kitchen developer and has had work published in major national publications including Diabetic Living Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine, Cuisine at Home Magazine, EatingWell.com, AmericasTestKitchen.com, and more.

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