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Enjoy the best in Florida’s local produce with a refreshingly sweet and nutritious Florida Grapefruit Salad with Strawberries and Raisins.
I’ve never been a fan of grapefruit juice, but the fruit? Love it! One of my favorite things to have for breakfast growing up was a grapefruit, sliced in half, and sprinkled with sugar. I especially loved using those pointy spoons with the zig-zag sharp edges to cut through each tiny little grapefruit wedge. And I loved slurping up all of the excess juice at the end. Actual juice from a grapefruit is way better than that stuff in the carton.
Now that I live in Florida, I’m lucky to be able to enjoy the gorgeous local produce — and Florida Grapefruit is one of them! Right now grapefruit is at its best — it’s sweetest and juiciest right at the peak of winter, from January through March, making it a great source of delicious, ripe fruit at a time when many others aren’t available. Florida grapefruit harvest begins in October and goes all the way into April, and is available in market from November through May — but January really is the best time of year for it.
What makes Florida Grapefruit so good? Florida’s unique fertile soil and lush subtropical climate make it the sweetest and juiciest variety of grapefruit in the world. However, all of that sun, humidity and rain can also take a toll on the outer appearance of the fruit. But we all know you can’t judge a book by its cover!
Did you know that grapefruit is good for your skin, waistline, smile, immune system and boosts your energy levels? Yep! Grapefruit does all of this — and more! One-half of a Florida grapefruit contains at least 100% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C, an important nutrient that can help support a healthy immune system. By providing your body with a natural boost in energy with significant amounts of essential nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium and fiber, Florida grapefruit certainly makes for a healthy snack.
Grapefruit has always reminded me of breakfast, but it can be part of a healthy diet any time of day. Florida Grapefruit Salad with Strawberries and Raisins would make a delicious lunch or a side dish for dinner. Florida Grapefruit is certainly the star ingredient in this salad, providing a refreshing citrus flavor perfectly complemented by the sweet strawberries and tart lemon-infused olive oil and extra lemon juice. These juicy grapefruit wedges are served over a bed of greens — a mix of Romaine leaves and Bibb lettuce — and garnished with plump golden raisins for a little added sweetness and texture. A sprinkle of salt and pepper and drizzle of olive oil later, and you’ve got yourself one eye-catching salad. Bright and colorful, full of flavor and even better, full of health benefits!
- 1 medium Florida grapefruit
- 5-6 Bibb lettuce leaves, rinsed and broken up
- 4-5 Romaine lettuce leaves, rinsed and broken up
- juice from 1/2 lemon
- 1 tsp lemon-infused olive oil
- salt and pepper
- 3-4 strawberries, sliced
- 1/2 cup golden raisins
- Cut the grapefruit in half and slice off the skin. Slice into 1/2-inch pieces and then cut in half.
- In a medium bowl, toss the Bibb and Romaine lettuce with lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.
- Arrange the lettuce on a plate and top with sliced grapefruit, strawberries and golden raisins.
- Sprinkle with a little more salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.
Disclaimer: I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
Also, all nutritional information about Florida grapefruit has been provided by Clever Girls.