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Ohhh…..this pretty grapefruit, mint and fennel salad with pistachios just shouts “Springtime”!   I love this salad and it will be the perfect addition to our dinner table.

Grapefruit, Mint and Fennel Salad with Pistachios

Not only does this salad make a beautiful presentation but it has a delicious blend of flavors that are crisp and refreshing.   

Grapefruit, Mint and Fennel Salad with Pistachios

We used Texas grapefruits that have a vibrant, ruby color and they are ultra-sweet and juicy.  Removing the grapefruit segments is not as difficult as you may think and there is a great ‘How To’ instruction at The Yummy Life. 

The slight anise flavor from the crisp slices of the fennel bulb pairs well with the fresh taste of mint and the juicy grapefruit.  We added thin slices of red onion which gives an interesting and complex edge to the salad while the roasted pistachios bring a saltiness and crunch to the party.

Grapefruit, Mint and Fennel Salad with Pistachios

The light and flavorful citrus vinaigrette is made with grapefruit juice, olive oil, rice vinegar and a touch of honey.  

This grapefruit, mint and fennel salad with pistachios would be welcome any time of the year but the grapefruit are in abundance right now and it is perfect for Easter Sunday dinner. 

Grapefruit, Mint and Fennel Salad with Pistachios

This recipe was inspired from one served at Fresh Bistro in Seattle, WA

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Grapefruit, Mint and Fennel Salad with Pistachios

Grapefruit, Mint and Fennel Salad with Pistachios

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

To make this grapefruit, mint and fennel salad with pistachios we used the sweet Texas grapefruits that have a vibrant, ruby color and they are ultra-sweet and juicy. We added a generous portion of fresh mint, crunchy fennel, onion rings and salty roasted pistachios. It is tossed with a vinaigrette of citrus, honey and rice vinegar.

Ingredients

  • 4 large Texas red grapefruits
  • 1 medium fennel bulb
  • 1/2 medium red onion
  • 1 cup (packed) fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup roasted, salted pistachios, plus more for garnish
  • Fresh mint sprigs for garnish
  • For the Citrus Vinaigrette:
  • 1/4 cup reserved grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 cup champagne vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • pinch freshly ground white pepper

Instructions

  1. Cut the rind from the grapefruits, and working over a bowl to catch the juice, remove the individual segments with a sharp knife, placing the segments into a salad bowl. Reserve the juice.
  2. Prepare the remaining ingredients and add to the salad bowl:
  3. Wash and trim the top from the fennel bulb, slice the bulb in half lengthwise. Remove the core from the fennel and discard, cut the fennel crosswise into thin 1/8-inch slices. Peel the red onion and cut half of it into thin 1/8-inch round slices. Tear the mint leaves into pieces, add the roasted pistachios.

For the Citrus Vinaigrette: (makes about 1 cup vinaigrette)

  1. In a small dish whisk together the grapefruit juice, vinegar, honey, olive oil, salt and white pepper.
  2. Toss the salad ingredients with a portion (1/3 cup) of the vinaigrette, garnish with remaining pistachios and mint sprigs. Alternatively, divide the dressed salad into six small plates and garnish each one with the remaining pistachios and mint sprigs
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 170Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 49mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 4gSugar: 13gProtein: 3g

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demeter | beaming baker

Friday 25th of March 2016

Hi Pat and Dahn! These photos are really gorgeous. :) This dish really brings out the incredible colors and flavors of grapefruit and mint. Wonderful recipe idea!

Pat

Friday 25th of March 2016

Hello, Demeter....Thank you, the leftover salad was grate for breakfast the next day :)

Michele @ TwoRaspberries

Wednesday 23rd of March 2016

this grapefruit salad looks delicious! I love that there are pistachios on here YUM! ;-)

Pat

Wednesday 23rd of March 2016

Hi, Michele...Oh, yes...those pistachios really top off the salad! :)

John/Kitchen Riffs

Wednesday 23rd of March 2016

What a terrific looking salad! I'll never turn down citrus, and always love it in dishes like this. And fennel is a real favorite of mine! Super dish, and the photos are even better. Thanks.

Pat

Wednesday 23rd of March 2016

Thanks, John....This is a nice way to start off the springtime season! :)

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