Grapefruit, Goat Cheese, and Pine Nut Salad

Source: Ayesha Curry, The Full Plate

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Make this citrusy salad in the colder months when the produce section of the grocery store is looking a little sad without the abundant variety of August. Shredded Brussels sprouts stand in for some of the greens, and goat cheese and pine nuts provide a lush counterpoint to the citrus. If you prefer, you can substitute two navel or Cara Cara oranges in place of the grapefruit, or use 3 or 4 tangerines.

Serves 4


1 Ruby Red grapefruit


¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1½ tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1½ teaspoons honey
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


4 cups packed mixed greens
1 cup shredded Brussels sprouts
1 English cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced into half-moons
3 ounces goat cheese (chèvre), crumbled
¼ cup pine nuts or sunflower seeds, lightly toasted


Using a sharp knife, cut the peel and white pith from the grapefruit; discard. Working over a small bowl, cut between the membranes to release the grapefruit segments into the bowl. Squeeze the juice from membranes into a lidded jar; add any accumulated juices from the bowl with the segments.

Make the dressing: To the jar with the grapefruit juice, add the olive oil, vinegar, honey, and generous pinches of salt and pepper. Cap the  jar and shake vigorously. (Alternatively, whisk the ingredients together in a medium bowl.)

Assemble the salad: In a large bowl, combine the grapefruit segments with the greens, Brussels sprouts, and cucumber slices. Drizzle with the dressing and toss gently to combine, then top with goat cheese and nuts. Serve right away.

Excerpted from The Full Plate. Copyright © 2020 by Ayesha Curry. Photographs by Eva Kolenko. Used with permission of Voracious, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company. New York, NY. All rights reserved.

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