The official state fruit of Texas is a juicy ingredient for some of our favorite healthy recipes, just in time for summer patio dining. Texas Red Grapefruits are sweet, tree-ripened fruits that provide a wealth of health benefits. Our recipes call for Texas grapefruit, whose vibrant ruby red color provide more benefits than pink or white varieties. From a palate puckering appetizer to a fresh entree and a not-so-sinful dessert, these citrus recipes are perfect for warm summer days.


Avocado and Grapefruit Salad

Prep Time: 10 min

Serves: 4 to 6


1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup olive oil

4 ripe Hass avocados

2 large Texas red grapefruits


Place the mustard, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in the olive oil until the vinaigrette is emulsified.

Before serving, cut the avocados in half, remove the seeds, and carefully peel off the skin. Cut each half into 4 thick slices. Toss the avocado slices in the vinaigrette immediately so they don’t brown. Using a sharp knife, slice the peel off the grapefruits (removing all the white pith), and cut between the membranes to release the segments.

Arrange the avocado slices and grapefruit segments intermittently in a concentric pattern around the serving dish. Spoon the vinaigrette on top, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and serve.


Adapted from Barefoot Contessa















Roasted Salmon with Shallot Grapefruit Sauce

Prep Time:15 min

Cook Time: 18 min

Servings: 4



4 skinless salmon filets, 5 to 6 ounces each

1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning

2 Texas red grapefruits

2 teaspoons olive oil

1 tablespoon minced shallot

1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

2 1/2 teaspoons honey

Pinch cayenne pepper

2 teaspoons lemon juice

2 tablespoons thinly sliced basil leaves



Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Season the salmon with 1/4 teaspoon salt, place in an oven-safe dish and roast for 18 minutes.

Prepare the sauce while the salmon cooks. Cut one grapefruit into sections by cutting off the top and bottom of the fruit, then standing it on one end, cut down the skin to remove the pith and peel. Use a paring knife to remove each segment of fruit from its casing and cut the segments in half. Set the segment pieces aside. Juice the other grapefruit and set the juice aside.

In a medium skillet, heat the oil over a medium heat. Add the shallot and saute until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the ginger, grapefruit juice, honey, and cayenne pepper and bring to a simmer. Cook until sauce is reduced by about half about, 10 minutes. Add lemon juice and season with salt, to taste.

Toss the grapefruit pieces and basil into the sauce before serving. Set salmon onto a serving dish and spoon the sauce over to serve.


Recipe adapted from the Food Network. 














Grapefruit Brulee

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 7 min

Servings: 4


2 large Texas red grapefruits, at room temperature

8 teaspoons dark rum

2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar

2 tablespoons all-purpose flower

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

1/8 teaspoon fine salt

freshly whipped cream



Position a rack in the upper third of the oven. Preheat the broiler to high.

Halve each grapefruit, then loosen the segments by cutting along the membranes with a paring knife. Drizzle 2 teaspoons of rum evenly over each half.

In a small bowl, combine the butter, sugar, flour, allspice, and salt. Using your fingertips, pinch the ingredients together until the mixture forms soft crumbs. Sprinkle the crumbs evenly over grapefruits.

Place grapefruits on a broiler pan, and broil until the crumbs are lightly browned and bubbling, about 7 minutes. Serve immediately or cooled slightly. Top with a dollop of freshly whipped cream!

Recipe adapted from the Food Network.

Bursting with Vitamin C, cholesterol-lowering fiber, detoxifying limonoids, and more; our healthy recipes will make you feel good about licking the plate. Bon Appétit!