Zesty Recipes

The best time to enjoy grapefruits is the winter season, so it makes sense that February is National Grapefruit Month. Not just a healthy breakfast food anymore, grapefruits are very versatile and can be used in everything from zesty entrees to refreshing desserts. Here are a few grapefruit recipes and the health benefits of this tangy-sweet citrus fruit.

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National Grapefruit Month Recipes

Fennel & Grapefruit Salad

Fennel & Grapefruit Salad Makes 6 servings

3 bunches baby spinach
2 large fennel bulbs, sliced very thinly
2 ruby red grapefruit, peeled and segmented
1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
Cracked black pepper to taste
Ground sea salt to taste

1. Place spinach, fennel, grapefruit segments, olives and blue cheese in a large bowl.

2. Whisk olive oil together with vinegar and season to taste with salt and pepper.

3. Drizzle dressing over salad and gently toss.

Baked Tilapia with Grapefruit

Makes 2 servings

4 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tilapia fillets
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 cup bread crumbs
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1/4 teaspoons minced sage
6 fresh grapefruit segments

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Place 1 tablespoon butter in an ovenproof baking dish. Place tilapia in skillet and season with salt and pepper.

3. Combine bread crumbs with 1 tablespoon butter, sesame seeds and sage. Sprinkle mixture over tilapia and bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until just about cooked through.

4. Arrange grapefruit segments on fish and brush with butter. Bake for another 2 to 3 minutes or until fully cooked.

Baked Grapefruit

Makes 4 servings

4 grapefruits
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
8 maraschino cherries

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Slice grapefruits in half and arrange in a baking dish. Drizzle butter over grapefruit halves and sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon.

3. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes or until golden on top. Garnish each with a cherry.

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Comments on "Bright and lively grapefruit recipes"

Erin September 23, 2012 | 11:30 AM

Baked grapefruit sounds incredible. I didn't know you could bake this fruit and can't wait to try it. Thanks for the recipes and information, I'm definitely going to be picking up a few grapefruits at the grocery store today.

Hannah September 23, 2012 | 11:29 AM

I always knew grapefruit was healthy, but had no idea that it was full of fiber. More reason to eat this delicious fruit. I also love making homemade grapefruit juice to have in the morning.

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