Recipe: Blueberry and Grapefruit Salad with Mint and Feta

It’s hard for me to explain to people my relationship to my friend Jessica.  First of all, we have only known each other for two years and for the majority of that time, we have kept in touch via e-mail (along with the occasional letter or package).  Jessica and I met on a trip to Israel in the summer of 2008, which was organized through the Birthright program.  From the moment we introduced ourselves to one another, we both felt an immediate connection.  We quickly bonded, expressing our shared love for culture, travel… and food.

The two of us are culinary twins.  Jessica, who lives in Miami, is an untrained, but highly adventurous cook, and, like me, is a voracious eater (which is impressive since she remains so skinny).  We are both passionate about knowing where our food comes from and how it is produced.  But, most of all, we enjoy creating dishes that include fresh ingredients and are simple, flavorful, and healthy.  

Jessica came to visit a few weeks ago.  The last time I saw her was at our wedding, so it was fitting that she came the very same weekend a year later.  It was such a delight having her here and she was a pleasure to work with in the kitchen.
We spent hours talking about different dishes and ingredients.  She shared a fantastic (and incredibly easy) recipe for a blueberry and grapefruit salad.  With all of the heavy foods I’ve been making these past couple of weeks (see chocolate cake and bread pudding), I have been craving something a bit lighter and refreshing.  This hit the spot and is now in my repertoire of summer recipes.  
Blueberry and Grapefruit Salad with Mint and Feta 
(serves 4)
2-3 large red grapefruits, sectioned and cut into chunks
1 lb fresh blueberries
2 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
1 tsp sugar
Feta cheese (optional)
Over a big bowl, section and and then cut the grapefruit slices into chunks, allowing any liquid to drip into the bowl.  Add blueberries and mint to the bowl.  Squeeze any remaining juice from leftover grapefruit pieces over the salad.  
Sprinkle with sugar, toss, and serve in a bowl with feta on top.

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Angie's RecipesJune 28, 2010 - 10:44 am

Fresh, simple, and SEASONAL fruit salad is exactly something what I need and want!

JoanneJune 28, 2010 - 11:30 am

I am such a grapefruit addict as of this past winter when I seriously craved one every day. And totally indulged myself every day.

I noticed red grapefruits in abundance at Whole Foods last week and was shocked because I thought they were out of season, but perhaps not! This blueberry feta combination is one that I will HAVE to try.

I love meeting foodies who share my tastes and predilections. My roommate's boyfriend is on his birthright trip right now. He seems exhausted but like he's having fun as far as we can tell…maybe he'll meet some fantastic foodie to put me in touch with :P

JessicaJune 28, 2010 - 11:41 am

To friendship and food…and feta!

(love)

MonetJune 28, 2010 - 3:03 pm

I loved hearing about your relationship with Jessica. She sounds like an amazing girl…and how could she not be, being a friend with you? This salad looks so fresh and simple, a perfect way to showcase the season. I always get so excited when your blog pops up on my reader, Brian.

Andrew FrishmanJune 28, 2010 - 4:31 pm

MMmmmmmnmm! . . . I LOVES me some blueberries, and I loves me some grapefruit!. . . put'em together and I loves me some salad. . . there's even some lovin' left for the feta and mint!

KitchenJune 28, 2010 - 5:29 pm

Wow, what a lovely combination! I have to tell you, when I was expecting my daughter, I craved grapefruits like you wouldn't believe. Ate one every. single. day. I would love this – feta makes is work so nicely! And like you, I feel like something fresh and healthy is welcome after all the sweets and the baking!

Brie: Le Grand FromageJune 29, 2010 - 4:09 am

what a sweet story – and this recipe looks so delicious and refreshing! love it!

The HousewifeJune 29, 2010 - 5:01 am

Looks gorgeous! The contrast of flavors with the feta and the berries sounds so refreshing!

The CilantropistJune 29, 2010 - 5:13 am

This sounds light, fresh, and delicious: perfect for summer. I think the combination of ingredients is so great, and how nice to be able to share it with a good friend. :)

Chow and ChatterJune 29, 2010 - 12:45 pm

great salad adore grapefruit, what a fantastic blog you have thanks for visiting mine from the lovely Chef Dennis's

Rebecca

alwayswinner786June 29, 2010 - 4:26 pm

This fruit salad looks very fresh and very simple to make but great to taste specially in summer! Love it!

emilyJune 29, 2010 - 5:49 pm

yum! the brineyness of the feta will be an excellent contrast to the grapefruit. i'm not a huge blueberry fan… thinking tart-but-sweet raspberries might be my substitution. and it's awesome to see mint paired in a dessert with something other than chocolate!

Jacob BlankenshipJune 29, 2010 - 7:37 pm

Yum! I love every ingredient in this salad. I don't think people eat enough raw blueberries. They are delicious. And here in Oregon we are practically swimming in them. I'll definitely be giving this a try. Thanks for sharing!

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bonnieJune 29, 2010 - 8:08 pm

I love your salad, here in Edinburg, Texas we get the best grapefruits locally and honestly I consume at least five a day…I would love to have this for lunch, great pic and great you have such a great foodie friend

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GwenJune 29, 2010 - 11:28 pm

Ooooo, great idea! So healthy too! I never would have thought to add feta, sounds interesting. Great idea to add the mint.

NomzJuly 27, 2010 - 11:05 pm

omg..I love blueberries!

JoannaJuly 28, 2010 - 11:30 am

Great combination of flavours. I will definitely try this salad wit feta cheese :-D

Sippity SupJuly 28, 2010 - 7:11 pm

I recently shared my kitchen with a friend too. It is indeed a pleasure. GREG

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