I recently had a citrus salad at a local restaurant that left me wanting. The salad was okay but I felt that I could do better, which is where this grapefruit salad enters. The grapefruit and fennel combination is not to be missed and the sesame-pistachios put this salad over the top. If you’ve never tried citrus in salads, this is a solid place to start (even if you may be a bit hesitant with the grapefruit).Print
- 1/2 cup pistachios meat
- 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon honey, warmed
- 1 large pink grapefruit
- 3 to 4 cups loose arugula
- ½ cup thinly shaved fennel
- 2 ounces goat cheese
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon grapefruit (or lemon) juice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat oven to 325˚. In a bowl, toss together pistachios, sesame seeds,honey until almonds are well coated. Spread out into a single layer on a parchment covered sheet tray. Roast for 14 to 16 minutes until sesame seeds are starting to brown. Remove and set aside, letting cool completely.
- While the pistachios are roasting, supreme the grapefruit (see note) and place in a bowl along with the arugula, fennel, and goat cheese. One nuts are done and slightly cool, add roughly half to the salad.
- Whisk together the dressing ingredients in a small bowl, pour over salad, and toss until the salad is mixed and well coated with dressing. Serve with the extra pistachios.
The individual components of this salad are good but when combined together in this salad form, each plays a crucial roll. The slight tang from the grapefruit is balanced with the creamy goat cheese while the peppery arugula plays nicely with the nutty pistachios. To date, this is one of my favorite salads.
Greens: A butter lettuce or even spinach would work well in place of the arugula.
Citrus: I’m not the biggest grapefruit fan by itself but this salad is a different story. However, you could also try oranges if you’re unable to find grapefruit.
Nuts: This isn’t the first time this nut/sesame seed combination has appeared in one of my salads. Almonds work particularly well for this and I’ve also been known to use hazelnuts.
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While we’re coming to an end in grapefruit season, there’s still time to make this salad. It’s a great transitional meal that still uses the last of the grapefruits from winter and the spring greens and fennel. A few other fun ways to use grapefruit:
Cornbread Waffles with Roasted Grapefruit
Grapefruit, Ginger, and Lemongrass Sake Cocktails