Pomelo and Avocado Salad with Sumac


This is the perfect salad for those craving some freshness after the holidays. At this time of the year, the Palestinian market stalls are laden with all kinds of fresh citrus. Amongst the variety, you will find what appears to be a giant green grapefruit. It has a very thick outer layer that protects its firm membrane full of succulent juice. However, pomelo, as it is known as here, possesses neither the sweetness of oranges, the sourness of lemons, or the bitterness of grapefruits. Rather, its flavor is more mellow, making it a perfect addition to a variety of foods.

In this salad, the pomelo pairs deliciously with fresh arugula, feta, sumac, and creamy avocado to cut through the tanginess of flavors. If you need this to be free of dairy, simply add more avocado in place of the feta, and season to your taste. Otherwise, I find that the feta contains enough salt to season the salad, but taste and make adjustments to your liking.

Serve this with a side of quinoa, salmon, or a main course of your choice for a complete meal.


For the Salad:

1 pomelo, peeled and segmented
2 avocados, peeled, seeded, and sliced into wedges
2 packed cups/110 gr. arugula, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup/64 gr. crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup/20 gr. cilantro leaves
2 green onions, chopped
2 tablespoons sumac
salt, if needed

For the Dressing:

zest of 1 lime
juice of 1/2 lime
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon poppy seeds
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon dried red chili flakes


1. Begin by preparing the dressing. Combine the lime zest, lime juice, oil, seeds, sugar, and chili in a small bowl, whisk together. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, combine the salad ingredients, pour the dressing over the top, and gently toss together. Check for salt and seasoning, and adjust to your liking. Arrange the salad onto a platter and serve.


11 Comments Add yours

  1. Shannon says:

    I miss pomelo. Tastes like our ruby-red grapefruit here in Texas minus all the juices. What a great salad combo! Um…what is sumac and is there a substitute? Cheers!

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    1. Hanady says:

      Hi Shannon! Thank you for your comment! Sumac is a tangy spice made out of sumac berries. It’s nothing exotic; you should be able to find it at your local Middle Eastern food store and most definitely online. Wishing you a lovely week! X

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  2. Eha says:

    This elegant recipe will be put aside until March [in Australia] when our own avocadoes come onto the market. Methinks the first pomelos arrive at about the same time! I love your usage of both the poppy seeds and sumac and, since I would definitely use the feta, this would be quite sufficient on its own for a full meal . . thank you

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    1. Hanady says:

      Thank you for your feedback, dear Eha! Glad you liked the recipe. Have a great week! Xx

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  3. What a beautiful bounty of green goodness 🙂

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    1. Hanady says:

      Thank you, lovely Elaine! 🙂 Xx

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  5. Looks so good. Love sumac😀

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  6. fatsochef says:

    There’s nothing I don’t like in that salad ❤️! Especially pomelo 😍😍

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