January 14, 2015

Grapefruit Snap Pea Salad with a Honeyed Thyme-Balsamic Dressing

1 ruby red grapefruit, supremed
1 lb sugar snap peas, lightly steamed
1/3 cup toasted pecans*
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion

1 tablespoon grapefruit juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Turkish honey
1 sprig's worth of thyme
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Toss together salad ingredients in a medium bowl. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Drizzle over salad then toss again.

*I just toasted them briefly in a dry skillet
My thoughts:
When life gives you grapefruit, make a salad. I've never been a huge grapefruit eater but I keep getting them in our produce box. I could swap them out for something else but they seem like something I should like and eat so I keep getting them. I tried them broiled with sugar as part of our annual themed NYE (this year it was the West and for some reason, broiled grapefruit kept coming up in Western cookbooks---I guess because they can grow it in Texas) and that was well, gross despite the fact that it gave me the opportunity to finally use a grapefruit spoon. Anyway. I have ended up with a backlog of grapefruit so I thought a fruit salad might be fun. But all I had was grapefruit, Bosc pears and some clementines so that didn't seem too interesting. I had planned to make snap peas anyway so I thought rather than stir-frying or roasting them again, I'd lightly steam them and turn them into a salad. I wasn't sure how it would turn out but we both ended up liking it a ton! Matt brought it up a few times (positively!) in the days following so I am sure it will be a hit at your house as well. I don't normally put sweeteners in a vinaigrette, but the touch of honey kept the whole dish from being too acidic and helped the dressing coat the salad so don't be tempted to leave it out. Also: supreme your grapefruit, it is not only prettier but the salad much more pleasant to eat without the citrus membrane. Grapefruit are big so they are easy to supreme. It took maybe a minute and I do not have the best knife skills, believe me. So, if you find your self with 10 minutes to spare, a grapefruit, some nuts and some snap peas, make this salad!

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