Gluten Free Diet? Try Alice’s Pink Grapefruit + Avocado Salad

By Susan Dewhirst in Healthy Feeling

May is Celiac Awareness Month. With an estimated 3 Million people living with Celiac Disease we reached out to Alice Bast, Mom and Founder of Beyond Celiac, to talk about the disease. In our interview, Alice explained how celiac disease works, surprising places gluten can be found and tips on managing our gluten-laden society. Alice also shared one of her favorite gluten free recipes: Pink Grapefruit + Avocado Salad. I made it with local lettuce, crisp basil, real lemon juice and toasted pine nuts and walnuts for texture. It was delicious!

Alice’s Gluten-Free Pink Grapefruit and Avocado Aalad Recipe


  • 1 sliced fresh avocado

  • 2 sectioned and peeled pink grapefruits

  • 1 head of Boston Bib lettuce

  • Olive oil

  • Lemon juice

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • Fresh basil

gluten free salad ingredients


  1. Wash and dry lettuce and place in bowl. Add in avocado and pink grapefruits.

  2. Chop fresh basil and add to salad, per your taste preferences. It’s a great time of year to include fresh basil in salads!

  3. Drizzle salad with as little or as much olive oil and lemon juice as you like. Salt and pepper to taste.

toasted pine nuts


  • Create a pink grapefruit zest dressing. Zest the grapefruit and whisk together with lemon juice or olive oil.

  • For extra nutritional value, top with pomegranate seeds.

  • To give the salad a crunch, toss in some toasted nuts.

plated gluten free salad

What is your favorite gluten free recipe? Share a link with us on twitter @tomsofmaine!

Beyond Celiac unites with patients and partners to drive diagnosis, advance research and accelerate the discovery of new treatments and a cure.Formerly known as the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, Beyond Celiac is a leading advocacy organization committed to improving awareness and understanding of celiac disease as a serious genetic autoimmune disease. For more information, please visit Beyond Celiac is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Why It’s Good

As part of a natural, healthy life style many people are avoiding gluten, some must due to Celiac Disease or a gluten sensitivity. Beyond Celiac's Founder Alice Best shares one of her favorite gluten free spring recipes: Pink Grapefruit Avocado Salad! Also, check out our recent conversation with Alice who helps us understand how the disease works, surprising places gluten can be found and tips on managing our gluten-laden society.