Fennel Citrus & Pomegranate Salad is the perfect winter Fruit & vegetable salad of the season combining Florida’s delicious fresh ripe jewels of Ruby Red Grapefruit, Navel Oranges, and stunning Blood oranges with the crisp clean taste of Fennel, shaved celery, Carrots and gorgeous Pomegranate seeds lightly dressed in Olive oil and Balsamic – Pomegranate vinaigrette. My recipe for Fennel Citrus & Pomegranate Salad is so simple and delicious it’s almost deliriously ridiculous.
I have a little secret to share with some of you about ripe Florida Grapefruits — they aren’t tart to the senses. Ripe Florida Ruby Reds are the finest grapefruit in the world and come from Florida. The climate and fertile soil are uniquely suited to growing grapefruit with the distinctive delicate yet complex flavors found only in Florida. Ours are so sweet that many have as much sugar content as an orange
Grapefruit storage tip: Grapefruits can be kept at room temperature for about a week, and will taste better when not chilled. If you want to keep them longer, put them in the fridge and you can get a few weeks out of them.
Navel oranges are also easy to spot in your produce aisle. They’re the ones with the button formation opposite the stem end. Navel Oranges are considered the world’s finest orange for eating, navel oranges are seedless and they peel and segment easily.
Blood Oranges are red-blushed with an orange skin, with an inside that ranges in color from dark pink to crimson red to a bright burgundy; they taste slightly tart yet still deliciously sweet.
Orange storage tip: Oranges are as ripe as they’ll ever get once you pick them from the orange tree. They will last approximately 4-5 days at room temperature and about 2 weeks or less in the refrigerator if placed in the crisper drawer.
Below you will find my stunning yet simple recipe with easy to follow directions to make your own delicious Fennel Citrus & Pomegranate Salad to share with your family or close friends. It’s perfect for lunch or with chicken or fish at dinner.
Fennel Citrus & Pomegranate Salad
- 2 ruby-red grapefruits
- 2 navel oranges
- 4 blood oranges
- 1-2 large bulbs of fennel
- 2 medium carrots
- 2 stalks of celery
- 1 pomegranate seeds only
- 1 recipe for Olive oil and Balsamic – Pomegranate vinaigrette
- kosher salt
- fresh ground pepper
Olive oil and Balsamic – Pomegranate vinaigrette
- 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/8 of a cup pomegranate juice
- Fresh-ground pepper
- Before getting started make sure you are only utilizing quality ripened fruit/vegetables that are free of bruises or soft spots.
- You will want to thinly slice ruby-red grapefruits, navel oranges, and blood oranges (if you have mandolin slicer that works perfectly) Once done slicing fruit – utilizing kitchen shears to cut around peels to remove fruits peel almost effortlessly.
- Slice fennel, celery, and carrots into thin matchsticks (almost shredded)
- Slice open pomegranate and remove seeds (be gentle they are fragile)
- In a blender combine 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil, 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 1/8 of a cup pomegranate juice, kosher salt, and pepper blend about 35 seconds.
- Arrange ruby-red grapefruit slices on bottom of either single plates or large salad platter (I make mine on separate plates) next navel orange slices and blood orange slices.
- Top with fennel, celery and carrots you have sliced into thin matchsticks, sprinkle pomegranate seeds over the salad add desired amount of kosher salt and pepper then drizzle Olive oil and Balsamic – Pomegranate vinaigrette on salad before serving.
- Serve immediately
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