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Bright and lively grapefruit recipes

Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

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.

National Grapefruit Month Recipes

Fennel & Grapefruit Salad

Fennel & Grapefruit Salad Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:
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

Directions:
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

Ingredients:
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

Directions:
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

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

Directions:
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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