Watercress Grapefruit Salad Recipe


This easy spring salad would be a big no-no for many people with acid reflux – they think they can’t eat fruit like grapefruit because they’ve been told it’s too acidic.

Well, I’ve got some news for them – this salad is exactly the kind of thing people with acid reflux need to eat more of to kick annoying, painful GERD to the curb.

Here’s the bottom line – we don’t care what the food does OUTSIDE of the body, all we care about is what the specific food does INSIDE the body, once you have metabolized it!

Now, if I put some grapefruit juice on a finger-cut, it would burn…because ACID burns. But again, that same grapefruit is high in MINERALS, VITAMINS, WATER, and low is SUGAR!  It’s alkaline-forming to the body!

If the reflux is so bad, and you might have irritation (esophageal inflammation and ulceration), then that would be the only exception to the rule.  I’ll explain more about why on Thursday, so be on the look-out for that blog post.

But other than that, this low-sugar fruit, and this salad, will be a powerful recipe to add to the reflux protocol! 

Until then, give this salad a try for a super flavorful, herbaceous lunch or dinner that will break you out of the routine of basic greens.

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Ingredients [Serves 2]

2 cups watercress leaves, chopped
1 medium grapefruit, sectioned

2 scallions, finely chopped

2 tbsp. cilantro leaves, chopped
2 tbsp. mint leaves, chopped

2 tbsp. basil leaves, torn



1/2 tsp. ginger, minced

Juice of 1 lime, fresh squeezed

1/2 tsp. sea salt (Celtic Grey, Himalayan, or Redmond Real Salt)

2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil



1/2 avocado, sliced

4 tbsp. pomegranate seeds

1 tsp. raw sesame seeds

1/2 tsp. jalapeno, minced (optional)

2 tbsp. raw sliced almonds



For dressing: In small bowl, whisk together ginger, lime juice, sea salt, and extra virgin olive oil. 

In a large mixing bowl, add watercress, scallions, cilantro, mint, and basil. Cut grapefruit into bite-sized pieces and add to mixing bowl.

Drizzle ginger dressing over salad and mix well. Top with sliced almonds, pomegranate seeds, sesame seeds, jalapeno, and avocado.

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