Citrus and Pomegranate Fruit Salad

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This salad of oranges, grapefruits and juicy pomegranate seeds is the perfect antidote to all the overindulgence of the holidays. I made it as a dessert for friends over the weekend and was so happy to watch everyone help themselves to seconds and thirds without feeling like they really shouldn’t.

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With only three ingredients, it’s easy to make. Let’s begin with the pomegranate, which I know can be a little intimidating if you’ve never cut into one. Pomegranates are full of glistening ruby-red seeds called arils, which are like little capsules of juice that burst in your mouth. The taste is similar to citrus – a little tart, a little sweet – and they’re full of vitamin C and antioxidants. When you see them at the store, they’re ripe and ready to eat. Pick one that feels heavy for its size (the heavier the fruit, the juicier it will be) with blemish-free skin.

Before you cut into it, put on an old shirt you don’t care about because the juice squirts and stains and an apron alone won’t cut it. Starting at the crown, cut a cross into the fruit about halfway down.

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Put a large bowl in the sink (the juice will stain cutting boards) and, holding the pomegranate facing down over the bowl, break it apart into quarters.

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Squeeze each quarter firmly over the bowl to release the seeds and juices.

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Bend each quarter back to release more seeds.

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Don’t worry about getting all the seeds out. What you really want is the juice, so squeeze the fruit again to release the juice from any remaining seeds. You’ll be left with this.

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In the bowl, you’ll have plenty of juice and seeds, along with some of the white membrane.

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Pick out any bits of the white membrane so all that remains are seeds and juice.

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Now for the orange. Cut a slice off the top and bottom so the orange sits flat, then use a knife to work your way around the orange to remove all the skin and pith.

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Holding the orange over the bowl, use a sharp knife to cut out the segments from in between the membranes.

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Squeeze all the juice from the oranges into the bowl, then repeat with the grapefruits.

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The fruit is delicious doused in all that freshly squeezed juice, and the juice is delicious enough to drink with a straw.

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This one is elegant enough for company yet easy enough to make for yourself for breakfast. Enjoy!

Winter Citrus & Pomegranate Fruit Salad

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pomegranate
  • 2 large navel oranges
  • 2 pink grapefruits

Instructions

  1. Place the pomegranate on a surface that won’t stain. Starting at the crown, cut a cross into the fruit about halfway down. Put a large bowl in the sink and, holding the pomegranate crown side down over the bowl, break it apart into quarters. Squeeze each quarter firmly over the bowl to release the seeds and juice, then bend each quarter back to release more seeds. (Don’t worry about getting all the seeds out. What you really want is the juice, so squeeze the pomegranate again to release the juice from any remaining seeds still attached to the fruit.) Pick out any bits of the white membrane so all that remains in the bowl are seeds and juice.
  2. For the oranges and grapefruits, cut a slice off the top and bottom of each fruit so they sit flat on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, work your way around the fruits to remove all the skin and pith. Cupping the fruit in one hand and working over the bowl, carefully cut the segments out from between the membranes. (Be sure to cut only until you reach the middle of the fruit!) Firmly squeeze the remaining membranes over the bowl to release all the juices. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Be sure to serve this fruit salad in bowls, so the juice can be spooned up with the fruit.
  3. Note: Pomegranate juice will stain wooden cutting boards and some countertops. To be safe, you can cut pomegranates on disposable plastic shopping bags.

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  • I made this fruit salad for a club meeting. It was a big hit, and people were using this salad to top someone else’s dessert. Luckily the other person wasn’t offended. My knife skills are not the best, so my salad wasn’t as pretty as Jenn’s.

    - Angela Pirtle on July 10, 2014 Reply
  • We love ths salad & have it every holiday for our fruit salad & every day if I can get it made. Thanks so much!!

    - Robyn on December 24, 2013 Reply
  • I love pomegranates but they are messy. I like to cut them in a bowl of warm water so I don’t stain my hands or anything around me. It keeps the mess contained and the seeds in a bowl.

    - Stefany on November 12, 2013 Reply
  • This is great in the winter. I love it for fall as soon as soups start sounds good, I start craving tangy fruits. I usually cheat and get the pre-cut pieces of fruit for faster assembly but I have made it from the whole fruits and it tastes even better.

    - Rachel on October 22, 2013 Reply
  • I have made this salad too many times to count. Once I used 15 pomegranates from Costco, they were huge. But everyone in my family inhales this salad so it was worth the time and effort. And it’s so healthy.

    - Julie on July 22, 2013 Reply
  • This is a fabulous salad or whatever you want to call it. I make a double recipe. it keeps very well for several days.

    - Jane Palmer on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • Even though this is more of a brunch item, I brought this to an evening gathering last month.

    It is a simple recipe, and I liked how easy it was to get the seeds out of the pomegranate. My knife skills need work though–I had a hard time cutting the citrus into nice looking slices, but nobody minded except for me!

    - Angela P. on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • I’ve always enjoy your especially this Winter Citrus and Pomegranate Fruit Salad. So easy to make and your instructions are so clear. I love it. The sweet and tart flavor from the fruit are so refreshing. The only thing is that my kids think it’s a little too tart for them. So, I separate a little bowl for them and toss theirs with a little drizzle of agave before serving and they loved it.

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    - Amy Tong on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • I loved this. I don’t really like dealing with whole pomegranates, so I just bought the seeds (they have them at Trader Joes and Costco when they are in season).

    - Kelly G on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • I served this wonderful salad at our family Christmas Brunch. It is so delicious and healthy. I am totally addicted and I can’t seem to get my fill. I am making it almost everyday. I am dreading the end of pomegranate season.

    - Dinny on January 13, 2013 Reply
  • My sister-in-law introduced this to our family and she adds fresh chopped mint-it’s delicious! :)

    - Juliette on January 6, 2013 Reply
  • It seems to be delicious.
    It is very beautiful.
    I would like to have come to eat.
    Is it good also for health?

    - Anna on July 26, 2012 Reply
    • yes!

      - Jenn on July 26, 2012 Reply
  • My kids loved this salad too!

    - meredith Lovelss on May 15, 2012 Reply
  • I love this salad! I have made it many times and can’t wait till i can get fresh grapefruit and pomgranates again to make more. Thank you so much!

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  • This would be a perfect salad to have when company is over. It is so beautiful!

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  • This was the perfect complement to your asian slaw…so very refreshing…. I made this for tea time and people wanted to drink the juice left over in the bowl :)

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  • Loved this! It tasted as good as it looked.

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  • This was wonderful, light and lovely flavors. My kids enjoyed it. too! I wish the fruit would cut itself though!

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  • I LOVE the mix of this salad and it is beautiful!
    Great blend of flavors and colors!!!!

    - debbie on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • So lovely! I could really go for this right now. Fresh and light, perfect winter fruit salad.

    - Adrienne on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • Thank you for the directions on seeding a pomegranate-great flavor for a cumbersome fruit. This salad turned out as beautiful as it was healthy.
    I’m on a very caloric restrictive diet and not a particularly big dessert eater. This can serve as a lovely dessert, breakfast or side and the flavors blend into a citrus heaven!

    - Vickie Hickey on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • This is soooo good! The left over was even better the next day.

    - Jane Palmer on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • Such a bright, pretty, and delish salad.

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  • Delicious, healthy, and colorful! Plus, it has Zero Weight Watchers points, which means I can eat all I want. Yum!!

    - Rachel on January 10, 2012 Reply
  • My local supermarket did not have pomegranites this past week, but I found them today and bought three so I can make your delicious and beautiful salad more than once. Thanks for the recipe, Jenn!

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  • What a perfect salad for a healthy lifestyle! Love the combo of citrus with the pom! Happy New Year!

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    - kim on January 3, 2012 Reply
  • What a beautiful salad. As I am writing this, I am eating a simple orange and grapefruit salad sprinkled with a little organic honey. Next time, the pomegranate goes in, too. Thank you for the idea.

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