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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Pink Grapefruit Salad Dressing - Pink Saturday



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Grapefruit is a common ingredient in my winter kitchen. Bob and I drink grapefruit juice the way some folks drink soda, so I always have a supply of it available. We also love the fruit and serve it fresh out of hand for snacking and winter salads. While I've had no medical training, my own experience has convinced me that grapefruit helps prevent water retention. That belief, justified or not, has cemented my loyalty to the tart citrus and keeps it on my favorite's list. Several years ago I was asked to make a salad for a bridal luncheon. Having said yes, I wanted the salad to be especially beautiful and add color and flavor to an otherwise creamy meal. I made composed citrus salads for each of the tables. My plan was to have the salads tossed at the tables just before they were to be served. I wanted the salad dressing used to toss the salads to be as beautiful as the salads themselves. I think we did O.K. The salad dressing I'm featuring today is the one I developed for that bridal luncheon and I think you'll enjoy its brightness. I know you'll love its color. Here's the recipe.

Pink Grapefruit Salad Dressing...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite


Ingredients:
1/3 cup ruby red grapefruit juice
2 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon lightly colored honey or honey to taste

Directions:
Combine juice, vinegar, oil, orange and lemon zest, mustard, salt, pepper and honey in bowl of a food processor. Pulse to combine. Pour into a cruet and chill well before serving. Yield: 1 cup.








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This post is being linked to:
Pink Saturday, sponsored by Beverly at How Sweet the Sound.

51 comments :

Anna A. said...

Mmmm mmmm love the pink juice! It must be such a nice twist to salads. I usually take mine with vodka. :)

Red Nomad OZ said...

Here in Australia I can have the best of both the grapefruit & soda worlds because local company Bundaberg has made a sparkling pink grapefruit drink! Just FAAAAABULOUS for summer!! It's as beautiful as your dressing!!

Stay warm over there - pretty easy here in the middle of a heatwave!

Annesphamily said...

Yummy!Pink grapefruit is a perfect Pink Saturday post. Thanks for sharing and reminding me of a favorite I enjoy too!

Midwest Elle said...

Just seeing the title of this post made my mouth water. MUST try this soon!

Tia said...

Hi Mary :)
You are such a sweetheart! Thank you for your super nice comment on my blog. It made my day :)
Have a great weekend.
Your salad dressing looks so fresh and delish! take care, Tia

Angie @ Cocina Diary said...

I love grapefruit. And in a dressing it has to be delicious, and I think it makes a great alternative to your typical vinaigrette. Thanks for sharing it!

Angie's Recipes said...

The dressing must have tasted really good and refreshing.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Angie

Monet said...

We have such wonderful grapefruits here in Texas. During the winter months, Ryan and I eat at least one a day! This salad dressing looks and sounds so refreshing. Thank you for sharing this with me. I hope your weekend bursts forth in joy and hope!

Ginny said...

This is beautiful and looks so good! Unfortunately we cannot eat anything with grapefruit of any kind in it because we take statin drugs. So I have to settle with my pink grapefruit soap, the scent is so good! But I saw your dressings on the botton, and clicked on the honey mustard. I usually make my own dressings, and I make this one, but not this particular recipe. I've printed it and can't wait to try it, which will be in a few days.

Chiara said...

Wonderful recipe Mary , the color is so lovely,is perfect for Pink Saturday post!
A few months ago I posted a good jam, take a look, I think you'll like,have a nice weekend, blessings...

http://chiara-lavogliamatta.blogspot.com/2010/05/marmellata-di-pompelmi-al-brandy.html

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

This looks beautiful!

Rachana said...

That dressing looks so beautiful...must have tasted really good.

Have a lovely weekend!

penny aka jeroxie said...

I definitely love the colour. Just like a blushing bride :)

Susan said...

I have got to try this dressing. It is beautiful, and we live in a neighborhood bulging with grapefruit and orange trees. A happy memory is the pink grapefruit gelatto in Italy. (smile)

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

This is a keeper! What a great dressing. I love fruit with salad and I have made a lemon and orange dressing but never thought to use grapefruit. And the color is sooooo pretty!
YUMMY! I am putting this salad on the StoneGable menu next week. Look for a link back to your post.
Thanks! I can just imagine it is "one perfect bite"!
Yvonne

Lauren (Healthy Delicious) said...

This sounds great! I love grapefruit, but never really think to buy it.

I think I have that same glass cruet too. :)

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I love grapefruit, I would never thought of using it as a salsd dressing, brilliant idea. Diane

Jamie said...

Happy New Year, dear Mary! I grew up along the Indian River in Florida and every winter I ate loads of grapefruit simply sprinkled with sugar and drank gallons upon gallons of grapefruit juice and love it! And this dressing is so fabulous! I make an orange vinaigrette but I love the idea of the tanginess of the juice in this. Perfect!

The Chef In My Head said...

You're right Mary, the color is beautiful and the flavor combiniations sound right on spot! ~Leslie

From the Kitchen said...

How many meals do you think are inspired by a salad dressing? I'll let you know in a few weeks.

Grapefruit juice is our drink of choice. And, occasionally we enjoy a pink grapefruit Izze.

Have a good weekend!

Best,
Bonnie

Satya said...

It is so interesting to know pink grapefruit is used for salad ... it is a interesting twist

Satya

http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

Jay said...

wow...love d color...lovely presentation...
Tasty appetite

scrambledhenfruit said...

I love grapefruit juice- especially pink- but hubby's not allowed to drink it. Your dressing is so pretty and pink! I know I'd love it. :)

Emily Z said...

Yum, what a nice taste to imagine on a salad. Sounds like something my sister would make. She is the salad queen in our family, she always brings delicious salads to family gatherings!

doggybloggy said...

I use grapefruit as a secret ingredient often- this dressing sounds very good.

Elaine said...

We feel the same way about grapefruit around here and here in Phoenix fresh grapefruit is so plentiful this time of year. Can't wait to try this dressing. :)

Lindsay said...

What a great way to keep fresh citrus in your diet during the winter! I will certainly be making this one.

Lindsay said...

What a great way to keep fresh citrus in your diet during the winter! I will certainly be making this one.

Diana (Di) said...

Beautiful dressing, Mary, and one of my favorites, grapefruit, ruby red nonetheless. This will definitely suit our palate.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Mary Sweetie...
Happy Pink Saturday and what a beautiful share. While I do not like grapefruits at all, my DH loves it. We are both dieting and always looking for a new dressing, so I may have to give this one a try to treat him. He will LOVE it.

Hope you have a gorgeous day sweet one. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

The Food Hound said...

I love your posts about Pink Saturday :) Such a lovely concept! I've never met a pink food I didn't like!! I, too, LOVE grapefruit in any form, but alas, the Booze Hound says they taste/smell like feet :( I'll make this when he travels, for sure!

Alessandra said...

I love pink grapefruit! They have tried to grow them in NZ, but without success, sometimes we get some imported ones... I wander if I could use normal grapefruit...

ciao
A.

Velva said...

What a clever way to showcase a salad dressing. beautiful! Living in the southeast citrus is at its peak this time of year.

Happy New Year Mary!

Velva

teresa said...

i really like dressing with a sweetness and tang. this is delicious!

Char said...

mouth watering as always. I love something lite. Happy Pink Saturday, Char

Rhonda said...

A light citrus-y dressing is right up my alley. As a lover of all citrus I know I'd love this dressing.

Martha (MM) said...

Sounds wonderful! I've missed you Mary and hope all is well in your world :-)

Sushma Mallya said...

Healthy salad,looks nice

Mrs K said...

Mary,the color is absolutely lovely,and your experince tells you grape fruit helps in preventing water retention,I have to include grape fruit in my diet now and make this dressing :)

Donnie said...

That looks yummy and fresh. HPS

Nancy and Vijay said...

Hello Mary, I too drink grapefruit juice daily. It is my favorite. Thank you so much for posting this wonderful recipe. Have a wonderful day :)

javapot said...

the idea of pink grapefruit is kick rolling my senses!! can imagine this tasting great and refreshing.

btw tagged u for a 2010 meme, hope u have fun.

Leslie said...

I can only imagine how bright and cheery the flavors of this dressing are!

Gail said...

Oh that does look yummy. I will have to try that, it would bring summer to a winters day.
Happy PS
Gail

Self Sagacity said...

Such a simple pink yet so tempting and delicious looking.

L'Chicken said...

I haven't had lettuce in the house for weeks, but now I'm aching for some green and pink. Yum-city!

BriBermuda said...

i think this recipe is very refreshing and would do great for summer salads.

claire said...

wow! this is perfect for summer salads!

That Girl said...

I saw this gorgeous salad on a blog that had jewel like sections of pink grapefruit in it. This totally reminds me of that salad.

Kristen@PrettySweet said...

I just made some of this dressing for our salad for dinner tonight! The taste is fantastic! Looking forward to dinner in a bit...=)

GrandCanyonMom said...

This is a wonderful dressing! It has become a huge hit in my family & with friends. Here in Southern Arizona, we have more grapefruit than we know what to do with.... well not since I found this dressing recipe!! I have been making 1/3 cup-size grapefruit juice ice cubes so I can enjoy (my absolute new favorite dressing) for many months to come! Thank you for sharing this!

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