A few weeks back, my friend Corine (also known as Zucchini Runner) was offering up grapefruit from her tree, and I agreed to take some off her hands. Now, I have never been one to sit down and eat a grapefruit, but I am into eating fresh and local foods – and homegrown is even better! I hopped on to Pinterest to see what I could find. I never knew there were so many ways to eat grapefruit! I pinned a ton of things, but I settled on these four recipes.
Kale, Avocado and Grapefruit Salad with Dijon Grapefruit Vinaigrette. I usually prefer my kale in a recipe where it gets cooked, because it can sometimes taste a little bitter raw. That was not the case was this salad – I think because the vinaigrette was massaged into the kale and it softened it and made the flavor really nice. I loved the mix of flavors! I took this salad to a party (waited to mix in the grapefruit and avocado until I got there), and it was a hit.
Grapefruit Greek Yogurt Loaf. I was taking this to the same party I took the salad, so instead of making one big loaf, I divided the batter into three small loaf pans, and left one home for the kiddos and their grandparents to eat while I was out. This loaf was more dense and less tart than I was expecting … and also delicious! There was none leftover when I came home that evening, which was too bad because it would have been perfect with a cup of coffee the next morning.
Coconut Panna Cotta with Grapefruit Gelee. Even though I eat ice cream on the regular (I’m pretty sure I keep Lactaid in business), I am actually lactose intolerant and love finding dairy-free treats that satisfy my sweet tooth. I had never made Panna Cotta before and was really excited to give this a try. It was so much easier than I thought! Mr. G and I snuck these into the refrigerator in our garage to enjoy them all to ourselves. They were so good!
Grapefruit Sorbet. This is another dairy-free treat, and it’s light and refreshing. A bit too tart for toddler taste buds, but perfect for Mr. G and I, especially as the weather gets warmer! (I will confess, I only had one grapefruit left when I got to this recipe, so I supplemented with a couple store-bought ones. The home-grown one was much juicer than what I got at the store, as you might expect.)
In high school, I worked at a steakhouse that served sorbet with Champagne poured over it in tiny little flutes as a palate cleanser before the main course was served. For a twist, Mr. G and I tried the grapefruit this way (technically with Prosecco) before dinner one night. So good!
Are you a grapefruit lover? Do you have a favorite recipe, or do you just eat it with a spoon?