During the winter months, we reacquaint ourselves with quite a variety of citrus fruits. Our countertop fruit bowl this time of year is typically filled with clementines, navel oranges and grapefruits. That ever-present fruit bowl has always been a visual cue to weary household members to indulge in a piece of fruit, rather than scavenge through that harder to locate snack cabinet.
It is not always a foolproof formula, but I do attribute my family’s fondness for fruit and vegetables to the always available and usually filled fruit bowl and vegetable bin. Counter fruit has really become eye candy and belly candy to us.
But, fruit doesn’t only need to be eaten fresh and whole. It can also be enjoyed in many different ways. One of my favorite ways to enjoy fruit without cooking is to prepare vinaigrettes for salads and as dips to bread, fish and meat.
Just like the red grapefruit itself, this vinaigrette sports a lovely light pink color and a creamy balance of tart and sweet. It is best prepared with fresh ingredients: one fresh pink grapefruit, a shallot and clove of garlic. Just in case you don’t have those items on hand, I offer grapefruit juice, garlic and onion powder as substitutions. Just remember, substitutions are fine, but never quite yield the original product.
This assertive vinaigrette is best served with blander foods items that are looking for some additional spontaneity and flavor. It would be best served on salads, steamed vegetables and simply prepared fish, poultry and meat.
juice of one red grapefruit or 1/2 cup grapefruit juice
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 garlic clove or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 shallot or 1 teaspoon onion powder
2 tablespoons honey or agave syrup
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dijon or whole grain mustard
1 cup oil
Decant the dressing into an empty sport-top water bottle or wide-mouth squeeze bottle.
Add a unique label to this Red Grapefruit Vinaigrette. Using glue stick or clear packing tape, adhere a custom red-grapefruit-vinaigrette-label to an empty squeeze bottle. If you would like to print your own simpletowow label, feel free print out this red-grapefruit-vinaigrette-label. The paper label also allows you to jot down the date when you prepared the dressing so that you can track the preparation date.
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