16 Grapefruit Recipes | olivemagazine


When is grapefruit in season?

Pink grapefruit is available all year round but is even better in winter and spring when it’s juicier and sweeter. When looking for the juiciest ones, opt for fruits that feel heavy.


Why we love grapefruit

Named for the fact that the fruits grow in grape-like bunches, grapefruits are the largest citrus fruits, growing up to 18cm in diameter. They come in both seeded and seedless varieties, and, although the skins are always yellow (sometimes with a faint blush of pink), the flesh varies from yellowish white to pink and ruby red. Inside, the flesh is segmented like an orange, but the flavour is more tart. The bitter notes are delicious added to cocktails, in salads with salty cheese like halloumi and simmered into a sticky marmalade.


Health benefits of grapefruit

Grapefruits are a good source of fibre and vitamin C. They’re also high in antioxidants which help to protect cells in the body from potential damage. In particular, they’re a good source of beta-carotene, which is converted in the body to vitamin A.

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Grapefruit recipes

Coconut and pink grapefruit slices

Check out our pretty coconut slices with tangy pink grapefruit. These sweet squares are easy to make and go perfectly with your afternoon cuppa.

Coconut Slice Recipe with Pink Grapefruit

Grapefruit and mint syllabub

This super-easy dessert is made with floral rosé wine and sharp, refreshing grapefruit – it may take just 10 minutes to make but will end your dinner on a high note.

Check out our quick chocolate mousse.

A creamy dessert in stemmed glasses topped with lemon peel and mint leaves on a white plate with a pink background

Grapefruit drizzle cake

We’ve switched lemon for grapefruit in this seasonal twist on drizzle cake – the sugary crust gives a wonderful texture to the golden loaf.

We also have a classic lemon drizzle cake.

A golden loaf cake drizzled with a grapefruit icing

Grapefruit marmalade

Add some zing to breakfast and bakes with this foolproof pink grapefruit marmalade. Follow the recipe and you’ll get it right every time.

We also have a classic marmalade recipe.

Marmalade Recipe with Grapefruits

Pink grapefruit, cavolo nero, avocado and walnut salad

This salad, with its contrasting textures and flavours, is striking to look at and packed full of the nutrients our bodies are craving. Plus, it’s vegetarian, low in calories and gluten-free. The grapefruit adds brightness and colour.

We’ve got lots more nutritious kale recipes.

Cavolo nero, pink grapefruit, avocado and walnut salad

Paloma cocktail

The margarita’s softer, breezier cousin – this tequila-based cocktail makes a great sip for the summer months, starring refreshing grapefruit.

Sip on our best summer cocktail recipes.

Two peach-coloured cocktails in short glasses with salted rims and a wedge of grapefruit

Grapefruit angel cake

Try this zesty twist on a classic for a showstopping celebration cake or indulgent afternoon tea, topped with white chocolate frosting and candied grapefruit peel.

You’ll love our white chocolate fudge cake.

Grapefruit and Poppy Seed Cake Recipe

Aperol and red grapefruit marmalade

Make our red grapefruit marmalade, a unique twist on the classic jam. Aperol lends a lovely bitter orange note to this soft-set marmalade.

Three jars of orange Aperol marmalade with ribbon round the top

Grapefruit upside-down cake

A classy, grown-up take on an upside-down cake, with ruby red grapefruit, clementines, a light almond sponge and a gin-heavy drizzle on top.

Next try our sweet and sticky mango upside-down cake.

Upside-down cake with slices of grapefruit and clementine and a gin syrup

Crab, cucumber and grapefruit salad

This nourishing salad is packed full of fresh, zesty flavours, and makes a great starter or main. Plus, it’s low in calories and gluten-free.

See all our crab recipes.

crab cucumber grapefruit salad

Basil grapefruit cooler

This cocktail is made with vodka and chilled grapefruit juice, and is finished with fresh basil leaves. The grapefruit enhances the bright, fruity flavours.

Next, try our peach and basil coridal.

basil and grapefruit cooler

Watercress and avocado salad with pink grapefruit

This fresh, zingy watercress and avocado salad with pink grapefruit and Campari vinaigrette makes a great summer starter. It’s vegetarian, easy and ready in 30 minutes.

See all our favourite ways with avocado.

Avocado and Watercress Salad With Pink Grapefruit

Grapefruit and cardamom shrub

These tangy fruit and vinegar syrups make a great non-alcoholic drink when diluted with sparkling or tonic water. Combine grapefruit with orange, cardamom, caster sugar and raw apple cider vinegar for a refreshing drink.

Enjoy more of our fragrant cardamom recipes.

Three homemade shrubs in tumbler glasses on a white marble table

Thai pink grapefruit and prawn salad

This salad is packed with flavour, and features tiger prawns, pink grapefruit, peanuts, coconut, lime leaves and banana shallots. Refreshing and spicy, it’s a winner!

Tuck into our delicious Thai recipes.

Thai pink grapefruit and prawn salad

Fig and grapefruit twinkle cocktail

Crème de figue liquor adds a delicately spiced flavour to this celebratory cocktail, which also comes laced with grapefruit gin and champagne.

See all our vodka cocktails and gin cocktails.

Two cocktails set against a festive background

Grapefruit and lychee fizz

Kick back and relax with this refreshing cocktail for one. Enjoy the fruity flavours of grapefruit and lychee. Perfect to unwind with on a Friday night.

Alternatively, try our lychee martini.

Lychee and grapefruit fizz in glass

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