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10 Refreshing Grapefruit Recipes You Can Enjoy for Every Meal

Winter's superfood is packed with vitamin C, fiber and lycopene. Enjoy a new dish featuring the naturally low-cal grapefruit today!

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Grapefruit is good

Growing up in Phoenix, Arizona in a former grapefruit orchard, I never realized all the health benefits of grapefruit—and the potential dangers. When we moved into the house, I was about five years old and the property was home to 28 trees. You can imagine how many grapefruit halves I ate for breakfast over the years. My mom tried everything to use up the bazillions of grapefruit we harvested every winter, including a batch of grapefruit marmalade. Eventually, we donated the massive harvest to the food bank and other charity organizations—I only wish my mother had these delicious recipes back in those days!

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Citrus Arugula Salad

Dietitian Chelsey Amer, RD, shares a creation with peppery arugula and three kinds of colorful citrus—grapefruit, blood oranges, and navel oranges. Gorgeous to look at, the salad is dressed with a homemade five-ingredient vinaigrette. The best part? It’s ready in 10 minutes flat.

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Wild Blueberry Tropical Citrus Smoothie

If you’re looking for superfood smoothies, here you go. Texas-based dietitian Shannon Garcia, MDS, RD, combines super-antioxidant-rich wild blueberries with grapefruit, mango and dates for the fastest breakfast ever. Also perfect for an afternoon snack, this delicious smoothie is loaded with calcium and fiber.

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Citrus Salad with Honey Mint Lime Syrup

Seriously, the simplest and most elegant salad you can find, Christy Wilson, RDN, created this recipe. Bursting with color from oranges, and white and pink grapefruit, not only will this dish brighten your table, it’ll boost your immune system. Here’s how to keep your honey fresh forever.

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Apple Grapefruit Ginger Juice

Did you know ginger has some surprising beauty benefits? That’s why it’s time to say, “Step aside, plain Jane grapefruit juice!” Erica Julson, RD adds apples and fresh ginger to her grapefruit when juicing. Ginger helps with gastrointestinal issues and may have anti-inflammatory properties. Nothing better to start your day!

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grapefruitCourtesy Alexis Joseph 1

Grapefruit Smoothie Bowl

Instead of sipping your smoothie, try eating it with a spoon. You can’t go wrong with this smoothie bowl from Alexis Joseph, MS, RD, which mixes tart grapefruit, sweet dark red cherries, creamy avocado and even frozen cauliflower. Top it with nuts, chia seeds, or granola for crunch.

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Citrus Beet Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette Dressing

Maroon roasted beets meet pink grapefruit and oranges for a simply gorgeous winter salad from Julie Harrington, RD. Beets are naturally rich in potassium, helpful for controlling blood pressure (read up on the rest of the benefits of beets while you’re at it). Don’t have an hour to roast the beets? Nowadays you can buy them already roasted in the refrigerator case at your market.

Get the recipe from RDelicious Kitchen

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Fish Tacos with Citrus Salsa

Fish tacos are my favorite, so topping them with a grapefruit citrus salsa sounds divine! Jessica Fishman Levinson, MS, RDN, created a lightened-up twist using baked lean tilapia for a super quick dinner. Topped with salsa merging spicy jalapeno, sweet oranges, tart grapefruit, crunchy jicama and creamy avocado—you’ll never go back to bottled salsa.

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grapefruitCourtesy Abbie Gellman

Brussels Sprouts Cauliflower Grapefruit Salad

We all want to get more fiber—check out these sneaky ways to get fiber into your diet. Culinary nutritionist Abbie Gellman, MS, RD, developed this fiber-packed warm salad featuring cruciferous vegetables and citrus. Because they’re rich in antioxidants, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower provide a nutrient boost. Adding tofu and serving over quinoa or brown rice round out a complete meal in one dish.

Get the recipe from Culinary Nutrition Cuisine

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Broiled Grapefruit

Looking for a delicious dessert that’s nutritious, too? Here’s your answer. Chrissy Carroll, MS, RD, shares a broiled grapefruit that’s ready in five minutes. At only 105 calories, you can indulge without busting your calorie budget. And, with more vitamin C than most desserts, these broiled grapefruits are a smart choice.

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Grapefruit Salmon Salad

The salmon adds healthy fats—find more omega-3 fatty acid rich foods here. So try topping your salad with grilled or broiled salmon, like this recipe from Karman Meyer, MS, RD. It’s the perfect brunch dish combining edamame, pink grapefruit, dark leafy greens, creamy avocado and crunchy pumpkin seeds. Topped with a homemade citrus vinaigrette you’ll love.

Get the recipe from The Nutrition Adventure

Jennifer Bowers, PhD, RD
Jennifer is a doctoral-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with nearly 25 years of experience. For the majority of her career she has focused on health care, disease prevention, and nutrition education for a range of ages—from middle school to graduate school students. In private practice, Dr. Bowers is involved in freelance writing and extracurricular nutrition clubs for children. When not working, she enjoys swimming, running, hiking, biking, camping, cooking, and reading.

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