Few things are healthier or easier to prepare than a simple fruit salad.
And one of the things I love most about going home to visit my parents is the consistent supply of fresh fruit (and especially berries) that I can always find in their fridge.
I threw this simple grapefruit, strawberry, and cherry salad together on Christmas Morning 2012 while my fam was patiently awaiting the quiche I had bubbling away in the oven. (That recipe is another post, for another — much more indulgent — time.) Every December, my great-aunt, Polly, sends us a gigantic box of grapefruits from a farm near hear home in Florida, and we chow down on the gigantic pink orbs for at least a month. So, naturally, we need to get creative!
The trick to making this salad something special is to supreme the grapefruit (or whatever citrus fruit you decide to use). Basically, it means cutting out just the good part of the fruit, and discarding all the skin and pith. I know that sounds super fancy, but I promise it’s easy. (If you want a little extra help, check out this video for a tutorial.)
If you don’t have grapefruit, go for orange instead! No strawberries or cherries at the market? Use raspberries, or blueberries, or peaches! The basic recipe you need for this salad is 2 parts citrus + 1 part berry + 1 part something else. Do with that what you please. And enjoy!
Citrus Salad with Cherries and Strawberries
What You’ll Need:
2+ cups grapefruit supremes (from about 2 grapefruits)
1/2 cup grapefruit juice (don’t worry, this comes from the grapefruit pith you’ll have left over!)
1 cup strawberries (or other berries), quartered
1 cup cherries (or other stone fruit), pitted and sliced
1 tablespoon honey or agave (optional)
What to Do:
First, supreme the grapefruits.
Slice the top and bottom off the fruit so you have 2 flat surfaces. Stand the grapefruit up on one of the flat ends, and get your knife ready! Starting from the top of the fruit, slice off the skin in sections so that you’re left with just the inside of the grapefruit.
Now it’s time to take out the sections. Pick up the grapefruit in your non-dominant hand. Hold it so that one side is facing up. You should be able to see with thin slices of membrane that separate each section of the fruit. Pick one of them out. Now, with a sharp knife, carefully slice down one side of that membrane. Rotate, and slice down the inside of the next membrane, freeing the section in between. Drop that section into a serving bowl. Set the leftover juicy pith aside!
Rotate your fruit, and continue until all of the sections (of both of your fruits) are removed.
Now, take the leftover pith and squeeze over a separate bowl. If using, stir the honey or agave into the juice until dissolved.
Add the strawberries and cherries on top of the grapefruit slices in the serving bowl.
Pour the sweetened grapefruit juice over the fruit mixture, and serve!
Want some other great ideas for how to use up all that citrus? Check out this roundup of 5 Healthy Citrus Recipes on Greatist!