Grapefruit Pomegranate Salad with Brown Sugar Sauce

January 4, 2013

My aunt lives in Arizona with a very productive grapefruit tree. For Christmas she sent me two boxes filled with grapefruit. I’m very fond of the grapefruit but having 20 staring at you every time you walk into the kitchen is a little daunting so I made this grapefruit pomegranate salad with brown butter sugar sauce to use up a few. Pairing the grapefruit with another winter fruit star, pomegranate, made this dish really shine.

grapefruit pomegranate salad with brown butter sugar sauce

Grapefruit, Pomegranate Salad with Brown Butter Sauce (gluten-free)

1 grapefruit, sectioned

1/2 pomegranate, seeded

2 tablespoons brown sugar or feel free to sub maple syrup if you’re looking to vegan-ise

1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar

3 tablespoons grapefruit juice

Pinch of salt


Section your grapefruit. I tried this two ways. If you cut the grapefruit in half and then work a knife around each section you can get the sections out but they won’t look particularly pretty. You can also peel your fruit and then take off the white casing by hand. This was a total pain but the slices looked so nice. If you aren’t worried about how it looks I’d go with the first option.

grapefruit pomegranate salad with brown butter sugar sauce

While you’re sectioning the grapefruit work over a small bowl. Mine was very juicy and I was able to gather a few tablespoons of liquid while working, which I then used in the sauce.

Deseed your pomegranate. The easiest way I know how to do this is to fill a large bowl with water. Cut the pomegranate in fourths, then turn the sections inside out under the water. The seeds will fall to the bottom of the bowl, any white rind will float. Remove the rind and strain the seeds. The water keeps the juice from going everywhere and staining your clothes and kitchen.

Add brown sugar, white balsamic vinegar, grapefruit juice and salt to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce to medium heat. Cook for 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and let cool.

Place grapefruit and pomegranate seeds in a bowl, top with sauce.

The sauce is slightly sweet which cuts the acidity of the fruit. I love how pretty this looks. It would be a great first or last course for a dinner party. Adding some avocado and some macadamia nuts to the top would also be nice.

grapefruit pomegranate salad with brown butter sugar sauce

Have a great weekend.

Enjoy and Exhale!

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  • Reply Elizabeth Ann January 6, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Hi! I found you through Dreaming of Dimples! 😉 This salad looks incredible! 🙂

    • Reply Lisa Horvath January 6, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      Hi Elizabeth, I love Dreaming of Dimples, such a great and honest blog! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. It’s always nice to know people are reading along 🙂

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