Salad with grapefruit – king at your Desk!
Salads with fruit have become frequent guests in the kitchens of Housewives who are watching their health and figure. One of these "guests" became a grapefruit. Before we start discussing the recipes of salads with this fruit, take a closer look it's a citrus "pink sun".
The story of "pink the sun"
Grapefruit is the fruit of an evergreen tree of the family Rutaceae. The trees of this family attain a height of twelve meters. The fruits are round, orange with pink or yellow juicy flesh.
One fruit can reach polukilogrammovy weight. The taste of this fruit is incomparable, but he has this bitter-sweet taste.
The name of the citrus received from the connection of the English words "fruit" and "grapes"on the basis of the fact that ripening fruits are sometimes collected in the likeness of grapes. In translation from Latin means grapefruit "citrus Paradise".
The homeland of this fruit is India and Central America, and the first mention of it dates from 1750.
The amazing fact is that scientists still have not determined the nature of this fruit. Some believe that it is the result of crossing Pamela and orange, but none of the scientists failed to recreate the creation in vitro.
The benefits and harms
"Pink" fruits have a lot of vitamins (A, C, D, B, P), organic acids, pectin, sugar, essential oils, colorants, volatile. And bitter taste it provides the glycoside naringin.
Eating grapefruit is usually fresh. It is made fresh, cooked jam and jam, slices of fruit are added to meat and fruit salads to give dishes a piquancy and originality of taste.
Fruits are a non-waste production, because even from the peel make candied fruits, essential oils and pectin.
Successfully used properties of this remarkable citrus and medicinal purposes. For example, grapefruit juice stimulates the appetite, stimulates digestion, treats are inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.
Regular consumption of juice or fruit, along with bitter membranes is the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, lowers blood pressure, prevention of atherosclerosis. Citrus wonderful breaks down fat and improves lipid metabolism, so it is often used in diets.
Grapefruit essential oil has a cold bitter flavor, it can improve mood, eliminates fatigue, focusing attention improves the perception of information, etc.
Has grapefruit and contraindications. You cannot use the citrus those who are taking the pill whether the antidepressant, as the active substance of the fruit reduce the effects of hormonal pills and nullify the effect of the antidepressants. Also not recommend eating citrus in the acidity of gastric juice.
Grapefruit juice enhances the taste of beef tongue and liver, but bitter and sour works great in combination with seafood, such as salmon or trout. Fish fillet before cooking soaked in grapefruit juice, about half an hour, and the result is tender meat with a light citrus scent.
Salad with chicken and grapefruit
Try to prepare a citrus salad with chicken. These two components complement each other, the chicken gives the saturation, and citrus refreshes the dish its aroma and sweet-sour taste.
For this you will need:
- boiled chicken meat 100 g;
- grapefruit 1/2 fruit;
- green beans 100 g;
- olive oil 2 tbsp;
- lemon juice 1 tbsp;
- a little honey;
- salt, spices to taste.
Chicken meat cut into cubes, season with salt and pepper, and then sauté in olive oil until Golden brown and cool. Green beans pour boiling water and leave for three minutes. After that, drain the water and also cool.
Lettuce tear by hand. Grapefruit peel and bitter films, cut into slices.
Next, prepare the dressing of olive oil, lemon juice and honey. Combining all the components of the salad, pour the dressing and mix. For beauty you can sprinkle the salad with sesame seeds or fried pine nuts. Serve salad as an appetizer or main dish.
Salad with shrimp and grapefruit
Perfectly blended with "pink" citrus shrimp. You will need a pound of shrimp, two grapefruit, one hundred grams of mayonnaise, and half the pulp of an avocado. Shrimp defrost and pour boiling water for a few minutes.
Then clean and break in half. Ripe avocado peel or remove the flesh with a spoon and cut into cubes. Efficiently clean the from the bitter citrus peel and also cut into cubes. Add the mayonnaise and mix gently. Before serving be sure to refrigerate.
Salad with grapefruit and salmon
The next dish is sure to surprise you with its taste. In addition, such a complex taste sensations salad can be supplemented with ruddy toasts fresh bread and chilled white wine. You can serve the salad as an appetizer, a main dish or as an addition to fish to the table.
- light-salted salmon 500 g;
- grapefruit 2 PCs.
- eggs 7 PCs;
- cheese 300 g;
- olive oil;
Boiled eggs to cool, peel and grate on a coarse grater. In a separate bowl grate cheese varieties. Salmon thoroughly clean from the bones and cut into medium cubes. Peeled and bitter grapefruit films also cut into cubes.
Further, on a serving plate put lettuce, then a layer of salmon and pour a little olive oil. On top lay a layer of grapefruit, then grated cheese and eggs. Top again pour a little olive oil and garnish with olives.
Instead of olive oil you can use mayonnaise, but then the calories and satiety of food is increasing dramatically.
After you and your guests will taste such a simple but at the same time refined dishes – rest assured, you will appreciate the magic of taste sensations and I will never forget the salad with grapefruit!