Bright and balanced
This Smoked Salmon and Citrus Salad with Cucumber and Avocado is one of my favorite ways to enjoy citrus for brunch. Tender smoked salmon is layered with a variety of fresh grapefruit and orange, thin ribbons of English cucumber, and creamy sliced avocado, then drizzled with olive oil and a generous measure of flaky sea salt. The resulting dish is bright and balanced, with layers of unctuous texture to balance the tart sweetness of the citrus.
What kind of citrus should I use in this salad?
I think this salad is especially brilliant with both grapefruit for a bite of tartness and oranges for sweetness. However, this dish is beautiful with so many other types of citrus so use what’s most readily available to you. Though you can definitely serve this salad with Mandarin oranges, such as clementines, Satsumas, or tangerines, I prefer to use larger citrus that gives you ample citrus flesh when cut into supremes or sliced disks. Some of my favorite choices are:
- Pink grapefruit
- Ruby Red grapefruit
- Blood oranges
- Cara Cara oranges
- Navel oranges
What should I serve this Smoked Salmon and Citrus Salad with Cucumber and Avocado with?
This salad is wonderful served as a light brunch or lunch dish on its own, however, if you’d like to make the meal a bit heartier it’s tremendous paired with your favorite salad greens or toasted bagels and shmear.
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Looking for more recipe inspiration?
Love this recipe? Here are some additional brunch dishes and salads that you might enjoy!
- Paleo Lemon Curd
- Kitchen Sink Frittata
- Strawberry Peach Summer Salad with Basil Walnut Pesto
- Crunchy Greek Salad with Avocado and Feta
A note for special diets
This Smoked Salmon and Citrus Salad with Cucumber and Avocado is friendly for grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, nightshade-free, paleo, pescatarian, and Whole30 diets. If you would like to make this dish friendly for low-FODMAP diets, you would want to omit the avocado (or severely limit it) and keep your serving of grapefruit limited in favor of oranges instead.
This Smoked Salmon and Citrus Salad with Cucumber and Avocado is a bright and balanced dish perfect for weekend brunch.
- 16 oz cold smoked salmon, thinly sliced
- 1 large pink grapefruit, peeled and sliced into disks or supremes
- 2 blood oranges, peeled and sliced into disks or supremes
- 1 Cara Cara orange or navel orange, peeled and sliced into disks or supremes
- 1 medium English cucumber, peeled into ribbons
- 1 large avocado, sliced thinly
- Olive oil, to taste
- Maldon salt flakes, to taste
- Assemble the smoked salmon, citrus, cucumber, and avocado evenly across a large platter.
- Drizzle with olive oil, to taste. Finish with a generous sprinkle of Maldon salt flakes.
Nutritional information on Whip & Wander is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site.
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 360
- Sugar: 11 g
- Sodium: 1294 mg
- Fat: 19 g
- Saturated Fat: 3 g
- Carbohydrates: 25 g
- Fiber: 5 g
- Protein: 24 g
- Cholesterol: 14 mg
Keywords: Smoked Salmon, Citrus, Avocado, Cucumber