This winter, give one of my favorite breakfasts a try: fresh grapefruit sections drizzled with raw honey and garnished with roasted walnuts. Simple, quick and refreshing! Grapefruit also makes a great snack or dessert like in this Cherry-Rooibos Steeped Grapefruit recipe that combines dried cherries with grapefruit, steeped in honey-sweetened Rooibos tea. Serve as is or spoon over Greek yogurt or ice cream for a special treat.
Grapefruit is very versatile and equally good when cooked as when eaten raw. Its acidity provides a nice balance to creamy counterparts; for example it’s a perfect addition to a salad containing oil, nuts or avocado, like in this Avocado and Grapefruit Salad.
Whether you prefer white, pink, Ruby Red or Star Ruby (the darkest red) varieties, here are some ideas for enjoying fresh grapefruit this winter:
- Add to a crisp winter salad. Roasted nuts, dried fruits, roasted root vegetables, fresh grapefruit and an olive oil dressing is wonderful.
- Grapefruit and Beet Salad combines red grapefruit with beets and mint. Mix it up by replacing the beets with roasted carrots, parsnips or rutabaga.
- For a protein-rich salad, Spiced Salmon with Papaya, Grapefruit and Avocado Salad is a good choice.
- Add to a favorite smoothie, like this Sunny Citrus Smoothie. If you have a juicer, try a combination of apple, grapefruit and ginger (and perhaps a little parsley, too). Delicious and healthy!
- Spread cream cheese (lightly sweetened is okay) on whole grain toast; top with sectioned grapefruit.
- Make grapefruit granita (using the base of this recipe) for dessert.
- Serve Poached Grapefruit with Star Anise and Honey for breakfast with a dollop of yogurt or for dessert with crème fraîche, ice cream or a favorite cheese or chocolate!
- Serve fresh grapefruit alongside cottage cheese, ricotta cheese or yogurt (or any non-dairy alternative).
- Use grapefruit zest just as you would lemon or lime zest in muffins, quick breads and cookies.
- Spread grapefruit sections with your favorite nut or seed butter such as peanut, almond, cashew or sunflower seed.
- Use grapefruit sections as dippers for your next chocolate Fondue party. Or simply serve with a square of chocolate. The flavors go perfectly together. Try grapefruit with our Chocolate Dipped Anything technique.
- Make a winter fruit salad with apples, pears, grapefruits and other citrus fruits. For variety, add dried figs, dates, candied ginger and a sprinkling of roasted pecans or pistachios.
- Blend chopped peeled grapefruit sections (or grapefruit juice) into salad dressings in place of or alongside vinegar or lemon juice. Grapefruit with honey and either walnut oil or extra-virgin olive oil is divine.
- Add diced grapefruit to a favorite salsa recipe. Spoon over seared scallops or fish, then sprinkle with chives or slivered green onions.
- Don’t forget Valentine’s Day! Candied Grapefruit Slices make a lovely gift alongside a box of chocolates.
Do you look forward to grapefruit season? Got a favorite recipe or idea? Let me know.