Whether sliced, wedged or juiced, this citrus beauty brings bitter-sweet zest to the table—guaranteed!
November 06, 2015
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All That's Great About Grapefruit
Subtly sweet with an acidic, tart zing, grapefruit complements a variety of dishes. Tossed with greens or mixed with booze, this fruit delivers bright and bold flavors you'll savor all winter long.
This elegant, seasonal dessert is a grapefruit-lover's delight. To whip the maple-infused cream into fluffy peaks with ease, start with a frozen metal bowl and whisk. Using chilled tools helps the cream to develop and hold body quickly.
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Grapefruit-Campari Bars with Shortbread Crust
Treat yourself to a sophisticated riff on lemon bars. This grown-up treat embraces the bitterness in both grapefruit and Campari, balancing the flavor with a rich, buttery shortbread crust. When we create our healthier desserts, we think about where the fat will be best used—we strategically place it where it will make the most difference. Here, a good amount of butter goes into the whole-wheat crust to give it an irresistible shortbread-like texture. Just be sure to lightly pat the crust in place; if you press too hard and compact it into the baking dish, it will become dense and tough.
Give yourself the gift of one worry-free dish this holiday season. This 15-minute, no-cook, citrus-flecked salad tastes best when it sits at least 10 minutes. No guest will be able to resist our lemony homemade vinaigrette, which adds sweet flavor without lots of fat, calories, or carbs. Tossing the endive leaves in the vinaigrette first softens their bitter edge. You could also sub thinly sliced fennel or chopped Romaine hearts. Top with chopped walnuts, Gorgonzola cheese, and grapefruit slices.
This CL-perfected stovetop technique makes smoking food easier than ever (though the salad is still tasty if you choose not to smoke the grains), and smoke is such a fun flavor to apply to unexpected ingredients like barley. A sweet vinaigrette, earthy beets, and the intense citrus twang of grapefruit balance the robust smoky hit of the grains for a memorable salad. To make sure you're getting the whole-grain version of barley, look for hulled, and skip past pearled.
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Satisfy your boozy craving with this simple, sweet, and lighter rendition of a classic cocktail.
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Grapefruit Granita with Pear-and-Pom Relish
There's no need to relegate icy treats to just the summertime. This granita makes a fantastic addition to holiday get-togethers.
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Grapefruit and Hearts of Palm Salad
Grapefruit adds a perfect sweet-tart zing to this salad. Hearts of palm have a semifirm texture and nutty flavor similar to that of artichoke hearts, which you could sub in a pinch.
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Grapefruit Pound Cake
Grapefruit Pound Cake blossoms from the floral essence of grated grapefruit rind, while fresh grapefruit juice packs refreshing flavor to the powdered sugar glaze which is drizzled over this moist pound cake.
"There's a surprising, exotic depth of flavor from grapefruit rind and juice." —Robin Bashinsky, Recipe Developer and Tester
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Grapefruit, Walnut, and Feta Salad
Perfect to pair with pizza or a springtime pasta dish, this fresh salad is bursting with flavor, color, and the best ingredients of the season.
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Cherry-Grapefruit Basil Sorbet
Fresh basil pairs wonderfully with the sweet-tart citrus and deep cherry flavors in this elegant sorbet. Garnish the scoops with small basil leaves, if you like.
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Shrimp, Avocado, and Grapefruit Salad
Creamy avocado and juicy grapefruit are tossed with shrimp for a quick salad that works well as a weeknight meal, or for entertaining guests.
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Pink Grapefruit and Lychee Cocktail
Pink grapefruit, a popular winter fruit, stars in this pretty beverage. Look for canned lychee fruit, which has a delicately sweet flavor, in the ethnic food aisle at the supermarket or at Asian groceries. Use the leftover lychees in a fruit salad.
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Seared Scallops with Fennel and Grapefruit Salad
Licorice and citrus notes highlight the sweetness of the scallops. Scallops cook quick—think of this recipe for a low-maintenance dinner.
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Vodka keeps the sherbet from freezing rock hard, but it's optional. For a delicious garnish, boil julienne strips of grapefruit rind in simple syrup for 30 minutes; drain and toss in sugar.
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Grapefruit, Avocado, and Prosciutto Breakfast Salad
Bright, refreshing grapefruit pairs surprisingly well with nutty-earthy toasted sesame oil. This meal is full of satiating heart-healthy fats that will keep you full for a long time.
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Grapefruit-Poppy Seed Vinaigrette
A teaspoon of honey neutralizes the bitterness of grapefruit and gives this vinaigrette a tangy sweetness.
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Pink Grapefruit Sorbet
In this refreshing palate cleansing sorbet, sugar tames the tartness of grapefruit juice. And with just two ingredients, it could not be simpler to prepare. A serving delivers about two-thirds of your RDA for vitamin C, and only 145 calories.
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Red grapefruit juice and Cointreau combine for this riff on a Salty Dog. As the name implies, a dash of salt is put in the cocktail or on the rim. Squeeze your own juice to get the grapefruit’s sweetest flavor. Make the juice mixture up to one day ahead, and chill.