Friday, January 8, 2010

Day 6: Red Grapefruit & Fennel Salad

grapefruit salad

Today is day 6 of detox, and I have had no cake or booze all week.

Do I feel better? Not really, but I have lost the 3 lbs. of holiday flab that I gained, so it was worth it.

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

I am referring to winter produce or lack there of.

I have been doing my best with clementines this lean winter, and now I am on to tackling the Ruby Red Grapefruit.

Not a big fan, but I know they are super healthy, so I will force myself to make a salad with them.

Leave it to Martha to come up with this lovely salad with toasted fennel seeds.
(if you don't want to toast and grind the seeds, you can substitute ground fennel, like I did!).

Fennel and Grapefruit just belong together.

Salad (recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart):

3 ruby-red grapefruit (I used one large grapefruit)
1/4 teaspoon whole fennel seeds
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 small red onion (I used 1/4 of a red onion)
1 small fennel bulb
8 ounces baby spinach or watercress

Using a paring knife, remove peel, pith, and outer membranes from 2 grapefruit. Slice into 1/4-inch rounds; set aside. Squeeze juice from remaining grapefruit, and set aside.

Place fennel seeds in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until golden brown and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a spice grinder, and grind until very fine.
Place ground seeds in a bowl; add 1/4 cup grapefruit juice, honey, and mustard. Season with salt and pepper. Whisk to combine, slowly adding olive oil. Set dressing aside.

Using a mandoline or sharp knife, slice onion into thin rounds; place in a bowl. Pour remaining grapefruit juice over onions; toss.

Cut fennel in half lengthwise; remove core. Using mandoline, slice fennel. Drain onions; place in a large bowl. Add fennel, spinach, and grapefruit rounds. Toss with dressing.

Enjoy! I did.


Ciao Chow Linda said...

OK sistah - How funny is this - we both posted a fennel and citrus salad today! I like all the additions to the dressing yours has! The different greens add a nice color contrast too.

SarahB said...

Lovely salad Sta! It just MAKES you want to be healthy!!

The Japanese Redneck said...

I love the colors. And especially since I'm wearing all pink today it would work very well with my outfit.

No kidding. It looks very good.

kat said...

Some nice bright flavors for winter. I was doing good on my detox too, lost 3 pounds as well & then I went out for drinks last night, bad girl

Mother Rimmy said...

Nice salad. Refreshing. Congratulations on losing those holiday pounds. I gained just a few, but they sure are tough to get off!

Linda said... looks so fresh and light...
Lovely pics...

Kari said...

The salad looks so yummy...I can't wait to try it! I am not a big fan of grapefruit but I saw a "cocktail grapefruit" at Trader Joes last winter and since they were sampling them I thought I'd give it a try. I LOVED IT!!! It was much sweeter then even a ruby-red. I was so sad when grapefruit season was over and I could no longer get my cocktail grapefruit. I've never seen them at any other stores other then TJ's. I went to TJ's last Saturday and much to my surprise they had a display of cocktail about starting the New Year out on the right foot! If you have a TJ's near you give one of those fabulous cocktail grapefruit a try!
Have a good day,Kari

Proud Italian Cook said...

I'm loving all these healthy recipes, I'm losing weight just looking at them. You and Linda are on the same wave length today! Love the fennel seed addition , I always have some in my cabinet. Must try.

A Feast for the Eyes said...

This is a gorgeous salad! I never though to combine fennel. I anxiously wait for Ruby Reds, so that I can make my favorite sorbet flavor. Love it! In fact, I'm making simple syrup tonight. Is it healthier than your salad? No. But, it's healthier than ice cream! I'm booze free, but I'm feeling my resistance getting weaker and weaker...

Colt McCoy said...

I think the dressing really makes this salad worthwhile.

noble pig said...

You lucky with your 3 this salad too.