Mary's Grapefruit and Blueberry Salad, Updated

January 16, 2012
Mary's Grapefruit and Blueberry Salad, Updated

Author Notes: My grandmother served grapefruit supremes with blueberry syrup at every lunch in the winter. She was pleased as punch that she invented this combination, and would announce that fact loudly as she set down the chilled glass plate, prepped ahead and refrigerated. At the time, she used a commercial blueberry syrup that was probably artificially flavored. It wasn't until I began experimenting with blueberry syrup that I remembered this salad, and the whole taste memory came back in a flash, the exquisite flavor of grapefruit and blueberry. I've updated the salad to include avocado, chile and toasted almonds. (PS, This recipe makes quite a lot of blueberry syrup. You won't regret that - stir into selzer or pour it over waffles.)MrsWheelbarrow

Serves: 2


Blueberry Syrup

  • 4 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup wildflower or clover honey
  • 1 2" piece of lemon peel

Grapefruit Salad

  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 Ruby Red Grapefruit, supremed
  • 2 avocado, sliced
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1 head boston lettuce
  • 1/2 cup blueberry honey syrup
  • Maldon salt
In This Recipe


Blueberry Syrup

  1. In a large heavy pot, add the blueberries and crush them with a potato masher.
  2. Add water, honey and lemon peel and bring the mixture up to a boil. Turn the heat down to a simmer, then simmer and stir continuously for 5 minutes.
  3. Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth lined sieve, pushing on the solids. You should have about 24 oz. of light syrup. Refrigerate - it will keep a week or two.

Grapefruit Salad

  1. In a large dry skillet, toast the almonds until fragrant. Set aside.
  2. Add grapefruit supremes, avocado, blueberries and jalapenos to a small bowl. Toss gently.
  3. Separate the leaves of the lettuce and reassemble them on two chilled salad plates.
  4. Divide the salad between the two plates and then dress with the blueberry syrup
  5. Sprinkle the toasted almonds over the top of each salad, then a big pinch of salt, and serve with warm tortillas and soft salty butter or a fresh cheese, like quark.

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