If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time, you know that I live in and love Florida. It’s where I was born and raised, and it’s where I’ve decided to start my family. From the sandy shores to the summer sunsets, I am in love with everything about my location. Florida is also lucky enough to be the source of many of my favorite fruits including Florida grapefruit. Using fresh grapefruit, I created a grapefruit chicken salad recipe that will take your lunch to another level.
Florida grapefruit is at its sweetest and juiciest right at the peak of winter (January-March), making it a great source of delicious, ripe fruit at a time when many others are not available. My husband eats grapefruit for breakfast, and I’ve been known to whip up a smoothie or beauty scrub with them as well. Though, it is a refreshingly tart treat that tops a simple summer salad so well too.
Florida grapefruit harvest begins in October, stretching all the way into April. Florida grapefruit is available in the market from November through May, with peak season sweetness and juiciness starting in January. Florida’s unique fertile soil and lush subtropical climate provide ideal growing conditions for grapefruit to thrive, making Florida grapefruit the sweetest and juiciest variety of grapefruit in the world. The sun, humidity, and rains during Florida’s growing season are a blessing when it comes to producing flavor and juiciness, but as a result, Florida grapefruit’s exterior appearance doesn’t always look as flawless as grapefruit grown in other areas – though it certainly tastes better.
One-half of a Florida grapefruit contains at least 100 percent of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C, an important nutrient that can help support a healthy immune system. I can attest to the fact that my husband rarely gets sick, and it’s important since he is always on the go!
By providing your body with a natural boost in energy with significant amounts of essential nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium and fiber, Florida grapefruit certainly makes for a healthy snack. Or, it is the perfect companion to a salad. In fact, it’s the star of this chicken salad recipe.
I like to serve healthy lunches when I’m at home, but I like my meals to be a little more creative than something frozen. If I can help it, I try to cook three meals at home a day. Since I work at home, I need to enjoy the luxury of being able to access my kitchen at all times of the day. Sometimes I lose track of time and have to order take out, but in general, I’m looking for ways to create tasty meals throughout the day. Since we always have Florida grapefruit on hand, we can easily add it to a breakfast smoothie, lunch, or healthy snack. For today’s lunch, I prepared herb chicken breasts to use in a salad topped with grapefruit.
- 2 large grapefruits
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks
- 1 tbsp crushed garlic
- 1 tsp parsley
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 8 cups of romaine lettuce
- 2 large tomatoes
- 1 cup of shredded cheese
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
- Prepare chicken in a large skillet over medium heat with olive oil. Season with garlic and parsley to taste. Stir frequently. After 5-7 minutes, check for doneness.
- Prepare grapefruit while chicken is cooking. Use a sharp knife to slice the grapefruits in half. Cut the grapefruit into chunks by running your knife down the membranes as seen in the photo to separate the fruit from its skin.
- In a large bowl, add romaine lettuce, chicken, grapefruit, cheese, and tomatoes. Add a vinaigrette dressing or simply toss with olive oil and red wine vinegar to coat.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 451Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 124mgSodium: 573mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 5gSugar: 12gProtein: 45g
The nutritional information here is an estimate. While I try to provide accurate information via Nutritionix, this information is provided as a courtesy and there is no guarantee that it will be completely accurate. I am not a certified nutritionist and any information sunnysweetdays.com should only be used as a general guideline.
The great thing about this recipe is how fresh it is. Use locally grown ingredients if you can, and spice it up with your favorite flavors. My salads are always piled high with fresh fruit Florida style!
As for dressing, I used a vinaigrette. However, the grapefruit is so juicy you don’t need anything! I also like to use olive oil and vinegar in my salads as well. Give it a try. You won’t be disappointed at using grapefruit in a new way.
How do you eat your grapefruit?