It’s about this time of year that I really start to miss our weekly farmers’ market. I especially miss the fruit, since there seems to be so little of it in season during the winter months. But one of my favorite winter fruits is the Florida grapefruit. Which makes it the perfect time of year to try this Winter Grapefruit Salad with Honey and Mint.
My husband couldn’t stop raving about this salad. I think he mentioned how good it was in between every bite. And it’s a perfect accompaniment to any meal, from breakfast to dinner.
My grocery store had both pink and white Florida grapefruit, so I used some of both in this salad, but using just one variety will work fine too.
When choosing Florida grapefruit, the most important thing to remember is “don’t judge a book (or a grapefruit) by its cover.”
The sun, humidity and rains during Florida’s growing season mean that a Florida grapefruit’s exterior appearance isn’t always as flawless as grapefruit grown in other areas.
But it’s these unique growing conditions that make Florida grapefruit the sweetest and juiciest variety of grapefruit in the world. And when it comes to grapefruit, that’s what really matters!
A few other things to consider when choosing a grapefruit:
- Heavier fruit will be the most juicy, so choose a grapefruit that feels heavier than it looks.
- A ripe grapefruit will have a slight reddish blush to the skin.
- When you give grapefruit a gentle squeeze, the skin should be firm all the way around, but give slightly to pressure and bounce back to its normal shape as soon as you release the pressure.
- A ripe grapefruit will have a slightly oval shape. If the fruit is too round, it’s probably under-ripe and might be bitter.
However you decide to enjoy your grapefruit, it’s going to give you a natural energy boost, and grapefruit is full of essential nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium and fiber.
In fact, I love to supplement my breakfast with half a Florida grapefruit because it contains 100% of my recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. And with three kids in school, my immune system can definitely use the help this time of year.
On top of all that, I just love how Florida grapefruit brings a bit of sunshine to my table during the dreary months of winter. Enjoy!
Winter Grapefruit Salad with Honey and Mint
- 3 Florida grapefruits
- 1 large navel orange
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
- 2-3 tablespoons pomegranate seeds
- Using a sharp knife, remove the peel from the grapefruits and the orange. Cut between the membranes and remove the segments. Place fruit in a shallow bowl.
- Drizzle the fruit with honey. Sprinkle with chopped mint and pomegranate seeds. Refrigerate until serving.
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