Including citrus fruit in your diet is a great way to boost the health benefits of your meals. Salad with Grapefruit can be a deliciously nutritious side or main dish when protein is added.
The season when grapefruit (and all citrus fruits) are at their peak is late fall to winter. While available in markets year round you will find the largest variety and best flavor at this time of year.
Conveniently, this is a time when other fresh produce is minimal. We always recommend eating what is at its peak for the best flavor and freshness, as well as affordability.
The health benefits of grapefruit are well known, but if you want an even more depth rundown be sure to check this article from WebMD.
For this green salad we prefer a pink grapefruit, but if you have the old fashioned white or the newer Ruby Red grapefruit you’ll still love the salad.
The flavors of the grapefruit salad
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As often happens, we consulted our favorite kitchen resource, The Flavor Bible, while creating this recipe. If you’d like a copy of your own you can order it here.
While we used a buttery Bibb lettuce, also known as Butter lettuce, (we highly recommend this for other salads, like this Southwestern Salad) as the base, you could switch that up according to what you have on hand and prefer. The Flavor Bible does recommend arugula with grapefruit. We like it in small doses and think a handful mixed with your lettuce would be great.
Beyond that unsweetened coconut flakes give a little crispness and further the “tropical” theme of the salad. For a crunchy good topping we’ve used sunflower seeds, but you could go with a nut or seed of your choosing.
Add protein to turn this side salad into a main dish
Grapefruit salad with seasoned or marinated chicken is a no-brainer, healthy entree that will satisfy you and your nutritional needs. All types of simply prepared seafood would be good on top as well. Check the list below for specific ideas:
- Salmon is a favorite and goes amazingly well with grapefruit salad
- A scoop of cold crabmeat will make you think you’re in Florida no matter where you are
- Shrimp that has been grilled, broiled or sauteed would be outstanding
- For a special occasion treat pull the meat from a lobster tail and top your salad
- Any type of mild fish with simple seasoning
Champagne Vinaigrette Dressing is the way to go for your grapefruit salad
We kept our recipe ultra simple, not wanting to overpower the flavors of the salad.
Champagne vinegar is itself a subtle mild vinegar and mixed with a good quality extra virgin olive oil it makes the ideal dressing here. We only flavored it further with small bits of Dijon mustard, honey and salt and pepper to taste.
You’ll love it!
How to cut grapefruit
Before we get to the recipe, we want to cover this. We know a lot of you will question what is the easiest way to cup up grapefruit for the salad.
This simple and short video illustrates how we do it and this is what we recommend.
Sometimes, though, you’ll want to sit down to just enjoy half a grapefruit all by itself and we love it that way too.
For those times a grapefruit spoon is the way go. We’ve been using them our entire lives and that serrated edge makes short work of getting to that fuicy fruit.
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Salad with Grapefruit and Champagne Vinaigrettte
For the Salad
- 4-5 ounces lettuce torn into bite sized pieces
- 1-1½ grapefruit peeled and cut into bite sized pieces
- 4 Tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
- 4 Tablespoons sunflower seeds roasted and salted
For the Champagne Vinaigrette
- ¼ cup champagne vinegar
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
- ½ teaspoon honey
- ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper or to taste
For the Salad
- Divide lettuce evenly onto 4 salad plates/bowls
- Top lettuce with grapefruit pieces.
- Add coconut and seeds to each plate/bowl.
For the Champagne Vinaigrette
- Add all ingredients to jar or other container that will close tightly.
- Shake until all ingredients are incorporated and mixed.
- Dress each salad with approximately 2 Tablespoons of dressing.
A lovely refreshing and light salad. Perfect for starting the New Year!
Thank you Gina!
What a great idea! Perfect to impress guests!
Agreed! Thanks Tavo.
I love this recipe – it was so fresh and vibrant and light. The perfect starter to my meal!
Awww… thanks for letting us know Jennifer!
Such a wonderful use for grapefruit! The flavors sound absolutely incredible paired with the homemade Champagne vinaigrette. Yum!
It really is good! Thanks, Tara.
I never would have thought to put grapefruit in a salad. What a creative healthy recipe for the new year.
Thanks so much Michelle!