This Florida Grapefruit Smoked Salmon Salad is refreshing, light and amazingly healthy!
Do you think of eating grapefruit only for breakfast?
What I love about the recipe I’m sharing today, is that it spans coast-to-coast. Florida meets Seattle.
Do you know what happens when you bring two of the finest ingredients, each of these states are known for, together? The result is a refreshing, healthy and flavorful brunch salad that you’ll absolutely love! Are you ready to join me in enjoying this amazing combo?
I hope so – because you’ll love how these two come together!
First, you start with the plumpest, juiciest, sweetest Florida grown grapefruit.
We eat grapefruit often as a healthy breakfast, but what we love most about Florida Grapefruit is its superior taste and quality. The fruit is so juicy and sweet, it needs no additional sweeteners. You just slice and enjoy. Breakfast doesn’t get much easier or healthier than that!
The flavor is pure citrus, with a crisp, refreshing and delightful pop of crisp grapefruit flavor!
But, I can assure you…grapefruit is not just for breakfast. It makes a great addition to appetizers, salads, desserts and snacks. It’s extremely versatile whenever you need a citrus boost for a recipe.
And, when it’s paired with rich, decadent, smoked Seattle salmon – it makes a sophisticated, heart-healthy salad that is perfect for brunch.
It’s as if there are no boundaries, no thousands of miles, or several states apart, between the two. Two amazing ingredients from what may seem like different worlds.
Yet here, East coast meets West coast, and they come together in a perfect, low-fat, healthy and amazingly flavorful salad, that will leave you completely satisfied!
As good as this salad is, you’d think Florida+Seattle are side-by-side with their ingredients in perfect harmony. 🙂 It makes me want to sing “Florida and Seattle, sittin’ in a tree…k-i-s-s-i-n-g”… See, catchy, right?
Grapefruit, so classically Florida. Salmon so classically Seattle. Even their colors match!
And please…don’t be fooled…even though Florida grapefruit may not look as physically flawless on the outside (due to growing conditions and wind) as fruit from other origins, INSIDE it is the sweetest and juiciest grapefruit in the world. Trust me on this one.
Here are a few tips on buying Florida grapefruit:
- Florida grapefruit is at its sweetest and juiciest right at the peak of winter (January-March) – like right now!, making it a great source of delicious, ripe fruit at a time when many others are not available.
What makes Florida grapefruit great?
- Florida’s unique fertile soil and lush subtropical climate are what make Florida grapefruit the sweetest and juiciest variety of grapefruit in the world, but they can also take a toll on the outer appearance of the fruit – but it’s the outer skin that protects the premium flavor and natural juiciness of Florida grapefruit!
Mmmmm good….juiciness in fruit is pure goodness! 🙂 I don’t know about you, but I’ll take more grapefruit please!
Want to learn more about Florida grapefruit and it’s health benefits? Do it! Then, you’ll know why we love it so much!
P.S. just think…, only one-half of a Florida grapefruit contains at least 100 percent of the recommended daily amount of Vitamin C, an important nutrient that can help support a healthy immune system.
That’s some healthy eating I can get on board with! How about you?
- 1 Florida grapefruit, sliced and divided into bite-sized segments
- ¼ to ½ cup red onions, quartered and sliced
- 5 ounces of fresh herb mixed salad greens
- ⅓ pound smoked salmon, shredded
- ⅛ cup smoked almonds, chopped
- *your favorite viniagrette
- Slice the Florida grapefruit in half. Separate and remove each segment and set aside.
- Cut an onion in half, and thinly slice into half rounds. Set aside.
- Layer mixed salad greens onto four plates. Sprinkle with red onions. Evenly divide smoked salmon among the servings.
- Carefully place the Florida grapefruit on top and sprinkle with smoked almonds.
- Serve with your favorite viniagrette dressing*. (*See note).
*We made a grapefruit, balsamic viniagrette - which we loved!
- ⅓ cup Florida grapefruit juice, freshly squeezed (see note)
- 5 to 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Add all ingredients to a small bowl, and whisk until thoroughly mixed.
*If you want a sweeter salad dressing, do not add the balsamic vinegar.
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