12 Grapefruit Salad Recipes: Fresh Citrus Salads To Make Now

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Looking for some new salad inspiration? Elevate your salads from the everyday with this collection of grapefruit salad recipes. Use pretty grapefruit pieces to add a subtle tart flavour and beautiful colour to your next salad. Whether you are looking for a side salad to go with your main course, or a filling salad that’s a meal in itself, we’ve got a recipe to suit. Explore our collection of tasty grapefruit salad recipes where citrus is the star ingredient.

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Why grapefruit goes so well in salad

Grapefruit is one of my favourite citrus fruits to include in salads. It is typically not quite as sweet as citrus like mandarin oranges or oranges. The slightly tart or bitter flavour of grapefruit can add a delicious contrast to other salad ingredients. Grapefruit slices or segments can also add wonderful colour and visual interest to a salad. Choose from grapefruit varieties in shades of yellow, pink and red, each with its own distinct colour and flavour.

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Preparing grapefruit for salads

We love using homegrown or organic grapefruit in our recipes. Most grapefruit salad recipes use peeled grapefruit, but you should still carefully wash the fruit before you cut it. If you are using store bought citrus you may wish to remove any fruit wax first.

Some recipes call for grapefruit slices, others use segments, and for some recipes you will need to know how to cut grapefruit into ‘supremes’ without any pith or segment cases. Be sure to read our easy to follow post on how to cut perfect citrus supremes.

Preparing grapefruit for a salad is much easier when you use the right citrus tools, including sharp knives, zesters and juicers.

Ready to cook? Let’s dive in to our favourite grapefruit salad recipes.

Easy Prawn and Red Grapefruit Salad

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This simple but sophisticated prawn and red grapefruit salad is is sure to impress.

It not only looks beautiful with the reds and pinks of the fruit and prawns (shrimps), but it tastes as good as it looks. The sweet but tart grapefruit pieces complement the sweet prawn meat perfectly and slivered almonds add a wonderful texture.

Grapefruit Kale Chiffonade Salad

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For another easy grapefruit salad recipe, try this grapefruit kale chiffonade salad. It’s made with just a few ingredients, including healthy kale and tahini, with sweetness from maple syrup and the added crunch of candied hazelnuts.

Segments of pink grapefruit contrast beautifully with the green kale to make a salad that looks as good as it tastes.

Simple Grapefruit Salad with Salmon

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This simple grapefruit salad with salmon is satisfying enough to be a complete meal in itself. Tasty grilled salmon fillet served with salad greens, carrot, onion, avocado and mozzarella pearls. And don’t forget the star, the tangy grapefruit segments. This salad is finished with a delicious grapefruit juice dressing.

Raw Carrot Salad with Grapefruit

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With just 2 ingredients, this raw carrot salad with grapefruit is so simple to make. Made with only shredded raw carrot and grapefruit pieces, this salad is so healthy. It’s suitable for vegan or paleo diets too. The carrot and grapefruit combination works well together. This is a great side salad to make ahead and leave in the fridge for lunch or dinner later in the day.

Radicchio, Baby Gem, Orange and Ruby Grapefruit Salad

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If you are looking for an impressive side salad for your next get together, you can’t go past this radicchio, baby gem, orange and ruby grapefruit salad.

It has a wonderful contrast of colours from the lettuces and citrus, and both sweet and tart flavours of orange and grapefruit. Red onion, walnuts and an orange vinaigrette dressing complete this tasty dish.

Mixed Citrus Salad with Honey Lemon Mint Vinaigrette

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This pretty mixed citrus salad combines ruby red grapefruit with different varieties of oranges. The wonderful citrus flavours are complimented with a simple honey, mint and lemon vinaigrette dressing, topped with chopped pistachios.

Thai Grapefruit Salad with Shrimp

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If you love spicy food, you’ll love this recipe for Thai grapefruit salad with shrimp.

This easy to make salad combines tangy grapefruit and sweet shrimp (prawn) in a generous amount of dressing. It’s packed full of traditional Thai flavours like fish sauce, chili, lime and cilantro (coriander).

Citrus Salad With Greens

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Another salad that combines both grapefruit and orange, this citrus salad with greens is the perfect side salad for every season. This refreshing salad combines fresh lettuce and spinach leaves with naval orange and red grapefruit, topped with vinaigrette dressing. The recipe suggests toasted nuts or a range of optional garnishes to suit your taste. We love it with fresh herbs like chives or mint.

Citrus Avocado Salad with Mint and Feta

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Ripe citrus and avocado are a lovely salad match, just as in the citrus avocado salad with mint and feta. Combing grapefruit, blood orange and clementine slices gives this salad a vibrant colour and the mint and feta offset the citrus flavours beautifully. Add some chopped pecans for texture.

Citrus Arugula Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

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For another mixed citrus salad, you’ll love this citrus arugula salad with pomegranate dressing. I love peppery arugula (or rocket as we call it where I live) with grapefruit. This recipe has both of these ingredients, as well as oranges, spinach, toasted walnuts and goats cheese. The pomegranate dressing is the perfect finish to make this salad pop.

Winter Citrus and Greens Salad

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I love salads with unexpected ingredients, like this winter citrus and greens salad. This simple salad with grapefruit and orange slices includes feta and walnut, but it’s the chopped dried figs that take it to the next level. The combination of slightly bitter grapefruit with sweet figs and oranges and salty feta is delicious.

Mexican Citrus Salad

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Need a tasty grapefruit salad to go with all your Mexican dishes? This Mexican citrus salad is perfect. Grapefruit and orange combine with spinach, queso fresco (Mexican cheese), pepitas, honey and chili for a flavour sensation.

Pair this easy salad with tacos or burritos, or I like to just enjoy it on its own for lunch.

More citrus recipes and inspiration

I hope you’ve found some new grapefruit salad recipes to try. If you are looking for more citrus salad inspiration, you might also like our simple mandarin orange salad with turmeric dressing or the other salads in our orange salad recipe collection.

For more ideas for cooking with citrus, make sure you check out our collection of recipes featuring all different types of citrus, from blood orange loaf cake to homemade preserved limes and marmalade.

Or if you are after more grapefruit ideas, make sure to see our post on how to make your own pink grapefruit sugar scrub.

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