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5 Fun Facts About Grapefruit Plus Texas Citrus Salsa, Grilled Shrimp, Quinoa Salad & More

by evh on February 21, 2014

Grapefruit_Dinner

Grapefruit, it’s what’s for dinner.

Do you remember that so called grapefruit diet back in the day? I think it was then that I decided I didn’t like those pucker-y little things. Not that I participated in the diet but that every grapefruit I tried had to be smothered in sugar just to be eaten. It wasn’t until about 10 years later when I had a sweet and juicy grapefruit presented to me in a restaurant that I was working in at the time. I remember the “wow” factor that took over me and realized that I had been missing out on the real grapefruit –– it was a Texas Rio Star. Locally grown in the Lower Grand Rio Valley, Texas, loaded with vitamin A and C, fat-free, succulent and oh-so-sweet, these beauties can really add the perfect touch of zest to any dish. Recently, I went to a cooking class demonstration at Central Market, sponsored by the fine people of TexaSweet, and discovered more about the versatility of grapefruit in the kitchen along with some cool facts about those pink-tinted, softball-sized spheres of goodness:

1. February is National Grapefruit month.

2. Grapefruit got it’s name because it grows in clusters like grapes.

3. When grapefruit was first discovered it was called the “forbidden fruit.”

4. A Rio Star Grapefruit is TEN times redder & sweeter than the Ruby Red.

5. It is the state fruit of Texas.

Learn How To Segment a Grapefruit: 

After the deliciously fun class led by Chef Vance, TexaSweet shared their colorful recipes with us to take home and make for our own families. All of the recipes were vibrantly delectable, easy to make and passed the ole kid test in this house –– here are a few highlights:

Texas Citrus Salsa

Texas Citrus Salsa

This Texas Citrus Salsa was so light and refreshing and it’s perfect for these warmer spring days that we are having now. We started out enjoying this with just some tortilla chips but then …

Grilled Avocado with Texas Citrus Salsa

Grilled Avocado with Texas Citrus Salsa

I decided to grill up a few avocados and top them with a dollop of  sour cream for this Grilled Avocado with Texas Citrus Salsa – ahhh-mazing!

Grilled Shrimp with Rio Star Grapefruit Glaze

Grilled Shrimp with Rio Star Grapefruit Glaze

Since the grill was already going with threw on the shrimp to make Grilled Shrimp with Rio Star Grapefruit Glaze ~ which we later slopped up with some bread.

Rio Star Grapefruit and Quinoa Salad

Rio Star Grapefruit and Quinoa Salad

The Rio Star Grapefruit and Quinoa Salad was light yet hearty and satisfying for everyone. I actually ended up making a double batch of this just so we would have some for lunch the next day.

We washed them all down with Rio-mosas and I must have had a few too many as I didn’t snap a picture … hic! The recipe TexaSweet posted on their website seems to be lacking in the “mosa” part –– I actually switched the amounts around to give it more of an “adult touch” –– either way the combination of Champagne and freshly squeezed Rio Star Grapefruit juice is a winner in my book!

Rio-mosas

9 cups Champagne

3 cups Rio Star Grapefruit Juice

garnish with zest or small slice of grapefruit ~ divide and serve

To get more great TexaSweet recipes visit HERE! 

**This post is sponsored by and partnered with TexaSweet. All thoughts, words and images are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that support Local Savour.**

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