Red Grapefruit and Fennel Salad

Dress this red-grapefruit-and-fennel salad with citrus-based sauces like orange, green-herb and lemon-buttermilk.

  • Servings: 6
Red Grapefruit and Fennel Salad

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 1999


  • 3 ruby-red grapefruit
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 small fennel bulb
  • 8 ounces baby spinach or watercress


  1. Using a paring knife, remove peel, pith, and outer membranes from 2 grapefruit. Slice into 1/4-inch rounds; set aside. Squeeze juice from remaining grapefruit, and set aside.

  2. Place fennel seeds in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until golden brown and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a spice grinder, and grind until very fine.

  3. Place ground seeds in a bowl; add 1/4 cup grapefruit juice, honey, and mustard. Season with salt and pepper. Whisk to combine, slowly adding olive oil. Set dressing aside.

  4. Using a mandoline or sharp knife, slice onion into thin rounds; place in a bowl. Pour remaining grapefruit juice over onions; toss.

  5. Cut fennel in half lengthwise; remove core. Using mandoline, slice fennel. Drain onions; place in a large bowl. Add fennel, spinach, and grapefruit rounds. Toss with dressing.


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