Winter Citrus Salad with Pomegranate & Mint
The most refreshing, simple, beautiful whole-foods dessert is also probably one of the best breakfast dishes there is!
Juicy, sweet citrus fruits peak in winter months. This fruit salad entices with the jewel-like colors of several varieties of grapefruit and orange. The pomegranate seeds offer a pleasing textural contrast. When you section the citrus fruit into suprêmes, be sure to do it over a large mixing bowl so you catch all the juice. The combination of juices at the bottom of the bowl is the most delicious nectar you’ll ever taste!
Equipment: cutting board; chef’s knife; large bowl
Ingredients: 2 pink grapefruits, suprême
1 white grapefruit, suprême
2 navel oranges, suprême
2 blood oranges, suprême
¼ cup pomegranate arils
10 mint leaves, chiffonade
1. Suprême* all the grapefruits and oranges over a large bowl, being sure not to waste any juice. Squeeze juice from the membrane of each fruit into the bowl. Be sure not to include any pith or seeds.
2. Strain the juice from the sectioned fruit and store for later use.
3. Arrange the citrus fruit in a shallow bowl and sprinkle with the pomegranate arils. Set aside.
4. Stack, roll, then chiffonade the mint leaves. Sprinkle fruit salad with the mint chiffonade and serve immediately.
Makes 4 servings.
ILOC tip: There is so much scrumptious juice after you trim citrus fruit this way. Do NOT waste it! Squeeze the skins and the membrane dry and catch all that nectar. It will be the best glass of juice you have ever enjoyed . . . and you surely will have earned it! It's all about technique, not torture.
* How to Supreme Citrus Fruit
1. Use a chef's knife or a small serrated knife to trim the top and bottom of your citrus fruit.
2. Stand upright the trimmed fruit on your cutting board and begin to trim the skin and the pith from top to bottom, curving your knife with the shape of the fruit.
3. Trim the fruit of any remaining pith. Now you will see all the membranes around the fruit.
4. Slice along the inside of the membranes to remove the sections.
5. Don't forget to squeeze the peels and the membranes of their juice!