A festive winter grapefruit avocado salad with peppery arugula, hearts of palm, candied pecans, dried cranberries and a maple apple cider vinegar dressing. Recipe made in partnership with Winter Sweetz Grapefruit.
One of my favorites thing about winter, besides the holidays, is the fact that citrus fruits are in season. I’m a fan of pretty much all citrus fruits, but there’s nothing quite like a perfectly ripe grapefruit. It’s just so sweet, flavorful and refreshing.
Grapefruit has amazing health benefits, too. It’s loaded with vitamin C, which strengthens the immune system, and the antioxidant lycopene, which is shown to reduce inflammation and prevent cell damage. It can also help with weight loss because it’s a great source of fiber, has a high water content (which helps with hydration and satiety) and it’s low in calories.
A lot of folks tend to think of grapefruit as being tart or bitter, but in actuality ripe grapefruit is really sweet, it’s the pith (or white part) that’s bitter. And if you segment the fruit, you’re able to remove the pith and enjoy the sweet flesh of the fruit on its own. To be honest, I just learned how to segment grapefruit this year and it’s a total game changer! I could give you a tutorial, but this short video does a better job explaining it than I ever could so be sure to check it out.
Once you have the grapefruit segmented you can use it in a variety of recipes, from cocktails to baked goods to salads and more.
The peak season for grapefruit is November – March so you should be able to find the sweetest…