February and I haven’t always been on the best of terms. Grey short days with lots of rain don’t do much to raise the spirits. This February (& throw in January too) has been nothing short of spectacular. Sunny, warm weather, cherry trees in bloom and snowdrops and crocuses in full colour. February, I’m starting to change my mind about you! Sure, there’s a little thing called the Winter Olympics going on in our city as well and while this warm weather isn’t boding well for the snow sports, it’s sure making everyone smile a whole lot more.
Another thing that has been putting a grin on my face is this fruit salad. Normally, I’m not one to dive head first into the fruit salad bowl. I tend to be fruit-picky and shy away from things like pears and melons and other awful things that tend to overcrowd most fruit bowls. But if I’m making a fruit salad at home, it’s going to play by my rules. So this salad uses up the best of winter fruits like blood oranges, grapefruits and Honeycrisp apples and it’s perfect. Normally, I’d throw in a qualifier like “this winter fruit salad is perfect for me“, but I made this for my friend and my husband (who readily admits that he isn’t a fan of grapefruit), and it received rave reviews. So there, keep your melons to yourself.
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winter citrus fruit salad
2 pink grapefruits
2 blood oranges
1 Honeycrisp apple (or sub in another apple of your choice)
1 lime, juiced and zested
2 heaping T of sugar
With a sharp knife, remove the rind and pith of the grapefruits and oranges and cut them into rounds. Cut into quarters, removing any thick segmenty bits if necessary. Cut the apple into a bite-sized dice and throw them all into a medium sized serving bowl. Add the sugar and lime juice over top and give everything a good stir so that the sugar melts into the salad. Sprinkle with lime zest and serve. This salad also keeps nicely for a few days in the fridge.