In the Kitchen with Sigona’s Featuring Grapefruit

Grapefruit & Greens Salad with Avocado, Pistachios and a Grapefruit Vinaigrette

This is a cheerful salad for winter. The a tangy pink grapefruit awakens the palate while the dried cranberries and pistachios add more layers of flavor, interest and delight to the dish. Leave off the cheese if you wish. Adapted from The Olive Oil and Vinegar Lover’s Handbook. Serves 4.

Vinaigrette:

Salad:

  • A mix of spinach and arugula, a generous handful per serving
  • 2 medium avocados, peeled, pitted and sliced lengthwise
  • 2 to 3 Rio Star grapefruits, peel and pith sliced away, fruit supremed* or sliced into rounds
  • About 1/3 cup pistachios
  • About 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • Shaved Parmigiano Reggiano, optional

Directions: For the vinaigrette, whisk the balsamic, shallot, Dijon and honey together in a bowl. While whisking, drizzle in the olive oil, mixing until emulsified. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

In a large serving dish or on individual salad plates, arrange the greens with a few slices of avocado and grapefruit supremes or slices in an attractive pile. Sprinkle with the pistachios and cranberries, then top with Parmigiano Reggiano shavings, if using. With a light hand, drizzle a little of the vinaigrette on the salad/s. Serve remaining vinaigrette on the side.

*Supreming citrus: It takes time and patience, but is well worth the effort! To do this, cut the top and bottom off of your citrus fruit. Slice the peel from the fruit, top to bottom, getting as close to the flesh as possible. Once the peel is removed, slice any remaining pieces of white pith from the fruit so no white remains. Then, working over a bowl to catch the juices, slice closely along the sides of each membrane to neatly remove the citrus segments in between. And there you have it!

Grapefruit and Avocado Salad with a Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

Simple, healthy and delicious! This is lovely as a side to white meats or as a brunch feature. A great way to start the New Year! You’ll likely have vinaigrette remaining, so save it to toss with a green salad topped with grilled chicken or steak, avocado and grapefruit. Inspired by Ina Garten. Serves 4 to 6.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large Rio Star grapefruits
  • 2 to 4 large ripe avocados, more or less depending on size
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice**
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp. kosher salt, to taste
  • 3/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Sigona’s Meyer-Lemon Fusion Olive Oil

Directions: Begin by supreming* the grapefruits and collecting** the juice that drips out.

Place the mustard, grapefruit juice, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in the olive oil until the vinaigrette is emulsified. Taste; add more salt if desired. Set aside.

Cut the avocados in half lengthwise, remove the seeds and use a large spoon to carefully scoop the flesh from the peel. Cut each half into 5 or 6 thick slices. Gently toss the avocado slices in the vinaigrette to prevent them from browning.

Arrange the avocado and grapefruit in a pattern on a circular plate or a long platter. Spoon about a third of the vinaigrette on top, sprinkle with a little more salt pepper, and enjoy. Serve remaining vinaigrette on the side.

*Supreming (or segmenting) citrus: Cut the top and bottom off of your grapefruit. Slice the peel from the fruit, top to bottom, getting as close to the flesh as possible. Once the peel is removed slice any remaining pieces of white pith from the fruit so no white remains. Catching the juice drips in a bowl, slice closely along the sides of each membrane to neatly remove the sections in between (these are the supremes). Set the supremes aside, discard the rest. Squeeze any remaining juice from the membranes and the sliced peels, if desired or needed.

Citrus Salad Drizzled with a Spiced Satsuma Vanilla Cream Balsamic Reduction

Grapefruit has a zing to it, as you know, but mixing it with other citrus and drizzling the array with a sweet balsamic reduction softens the punch. This dish is nice as a side for breakfast or served simply as dessert (if you serve it along side a scoop of yogurt or gelato, we won’t tell anyone). Inspired by Sunset. Serves 4 to 6.

Ingredients:

Directions: Bring the balsamic and spices to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low to allow mixture to simmer and reduce reduce by half, stirring occasionally. This takes some time, but have patience and do not increase the heat or the reduction will be too hard. Once reduced, remove from heat and allow to cool a little. It will thicken as it cools.

Meanwhile, slice the peel and pith from the citrus: Cut the top and bottom off of your citrus. Working form top to bottom, run a sharp knife down the side of the fruit, removing both the pith and peel to leave only the fruit by getting as close to the flesh as possible. Go back over it to slice off any remaining pieces of pith from the fruit so no white remains.

Slice the citrus horizontally into rings about 1/4-inch thick. Arrange the fruits either on a platter or on individual serving dishes, providing about 2 of each variety per person. Drizzle half or all of the balsamic reduction over the dish and finish with lime zest. Serve immediately.

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