2012/03/29

Giddy (FFwD: Crab-Grapefruit Salad)

Grapefruit makes me giddy.

I know that a lot of people don't like the stuff and wouldn't be caught near it. I don't understand?

Sour. Tart. Refreshing.


Ever since I was a wee lass, I would drink glasses of grapefruit juice by the boatload. My father helped support this habit - I am not sure if it is because he was enabling me in my citrus slurping ways or was just very tolerant of my oddities....

One of my favorite snacks/ breakfasts was half of a grapefruit with sugar on top. (These days, I take it up a notch and run it under the broiler. Be still me heart!)

When I was in high school, I went overseas on a mission trip for almost a month. When I boarded the airplane, there were enough juice boxes of grapefruit juice in my suitcase to make sure that I had enough to get a daily fix (obviously this was long before all the changes in airport security - and this really shouldn't surprise you...you've already figured out that I'm weird like that.)


Lemmetellyou one anecdote from that trip. I was young. Like 15. This was my first time out of the country. After the long plane ride and a dusty, bumpy bus ride, we needed to eat. We went to a local McDonald's and get in line to get something to eat. I was standing in line when I suddenly felt a tweak on my back side. I turned around and a couple of young men were snickering. Apparently, the locals thought it would be amusing to pinch the back end of a young, silly American. I don't remember what happened after that. I probably turned beet red and ran to find a bathroom to hide in or something like that...

Yeah, those were some interesting times. I firmly believe that cross-cultural experiences are very important, but that is one that I might have been okay with not having. Just saying.


This salad. Oh, how I loved this salad. Lump crab meat, cucumbers, lime juice, salt white pepper. I went kind of bonee idee and added the avocado. I totally nixed the bell pepper (blech). I am sure I make a few other tweaks along the way, but I can't remember what else I did. And of course, it was garnished with a generous helping of red grapefruit segments & a sprig of mint - just because....


This post participates in French Fridays with Dorie. For more renditions of this lovely salad, check out this week's Leave Your Link...

I am girding myself up for the month of April. Week 1 - Asparagus & bits of bacon - I am all over that. Every thing after that touches a food aversion. BUT, I have fortitude & I am going in and not taking any hostages.

Except for the coconut friands. I really, really, really can't deal with shredded coconut. I guess, ultimately, I only have to make it - I don't have to eat it :-) Or I can get a guest cook... Hmmmm.

Bonjour!

36 comments:

  1. Interesting how everyone has such different tastes... I don't mind grapefruit, but I don't go out of my way to eat it either. But I LOVE coconut and can't wait to try the friands! I didn't get a chance to make the crab salad this week (sick kid) but I will be catching up on it soon because it sounds wonderful.

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  2. I'm not wild about sardine or coconut either, but I'm looking forward to the recipes, just because they're things I never EVER would try on my own. Ever. I don't have an aversion to coconut. It's just not my favorite, and would normally pick any other flavor first. Is it a textural or a flavor problem for you? It's definitely an odd texture.

    Glad you got to eat one of your favorite foods prior to Aversion April. Maybe you'll be surprised. Then again, maybe not.

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    1. It's totally a texture thing. I love the flavor (and cook with coconut milk/ oil/ cream all the time) but can't deal with the shredded stuff.

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  3. Love grapefruit!The salad sounds wonderful.

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  4. Thank you for alerting me to the new recipe schedule. I seem to have missed that though am subscribed the to the RSS feed :( COuld have made a couple of those this week. But not sardines. Just no.

    In any case, THIS week was awesome. I made a ton of changes LOL but I LOVED it

    Happy weekend!

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  5. Omg ... That goblet holding the salad. That's the set my parents had! Brings back many memories of family holidays. My childhood fruit obsession was with the Ugli fruit. My mom and I would each take a half for breakfast while the boys in the house rolled their eyes and reached for the rice krispies.

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  6. I actually like this salad a lot. And, you're the first blogger I've seen to admitting to liking grapefruit!

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  7. I love grapefruit. Like you, it is in my standard breakfast rotation. And to be honest, I never knew that there was such a large contingent of grapefruit haters until this week's recipe. Strange.

    April certainly is going to be interesting. I can't say that I'm looking forward to the middle two recipes either, but I'm determined to try them both.

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  8. Cher, I like grapefruit also. Not to your extent but I like it. But, I didn't know if I would like this combo. It was delicious. I didn't go the avocado route this week - well, because the resident avocado was rock hard! But think this would be good as a Crab Melt (minus the grapefruit). When I think of April, I like to think of Spring, rejuvenation, "springiness". I don't, particularly, think of sardines! But, as I have often said in all life's challenges.....I am a team player. I am a team player. I am a team player. Mary

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  9. Your salad looks so beautiful in that cut glass. My aversion here was more the veges I'd never eat raw, but I was surprised by how good this was.

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  10. I used to eat a half grapefruit with sugar all the time for breakfast, but for some reason got out of that habit over the years. Buying the ruby red took me back and I think that is why I enjoyed this salad so much. The tart with the sweet was perfect. Your salad looks so pretty in that goblet.

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  11. This may be my 3rd comment...as blogger is acting up using Chrome :/ Love your big chunks of grapefruit...so pretty, Cher!

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  12. I'm much more nervous about the sardines than the coconut! It's so funny how different people have such different tastes....I absolutely love grapefruit, and grapefruit juice, too. Glad you enjoyed the salad!

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  13. Looks so fresh and lovely! I can't wait to catch up with this recipe too!

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  14. I love this salad too, but was not excited about grapefruit with crab...but found out it works. I learned something. Your salad is really pretty and I love your stories.

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  15. I loved this salad too! But I am also on the anti-shredded coconut team. I was thinking of giving it a go though, just to say I did it. Your salad looks great!

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  16. Oh, I bet if I would have added avocado I would have loved it! bonee idee, indeed! :)

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  17. Grapefruit brulée?! Oh wow, that sounds delicious. Your version of the salad sounds great, with that ceviche like twist.

    I need to find a picture of my Smurfette birthday party :-)

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  18. Love your travel story and how much you love grapefruit! This salad is right up your alley and the generous chunks of grapefruit on top is totally appropriate.

    I just came across your list of cookbooks. Always fun to glance at other people's library and your list certainly offers a glimpse into your culinary inspirations. Remind me to put an order for Rulman's books too!

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  19. Cher, Your salad looks lovely….I wasn’t sure I would enjoy the taste of grapefruit mixed with crab meat, but I loved it! Have a great weekend!

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  20. Your grapefruit segments are beautiful! I cut very small pieces of grapefruit, and the grapefruit flavor wasn't that strong in the salad (and I like grapefruit).
    I'm going to pass on the sardines and coconuts. But I've already made the navarin printanier, and it was excellent.

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  21. I totally forgot the cucumber:) Broiled grapefruit, I'm going to have to try that.

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  22. bahahaha! :) well I too can remember eating halved grapefruit sprinkled with sugar and LOVING it... I really enjoyed this one :) I'm looking forward tot he number of short recipes that we have coming up in April!

    Alice @ http://acookingmizer.wordpress.com

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  23. I swear I commented last night, but I don't see it. Anyway, I think it's so interesting how people all have such different tastes. I don't mind grapefruit, but I don't go out of my way to eat it either. On the other hand I love coconut desserts! I am looking forward to eating this salad (I'm making it tonight). Yours looks very pretty!

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  24. I'm right there with you on team grapefruit. I drink grapefruit juice with breakfast every morning, and eat half a grapefruit for breakfast for almost half the year. I never had grapefruit in a savory dish, but really enjoyed it! I am not sure what I'm going to do about those coconut cookies. I do not eat shredded coconut at all. I'm hoping my sister will do a guest appearance as she's a big coconut fan, and I'll catch up on a missed recipe. Have a great weekend. Glad that you got to love at least one recipe this month.

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  25. Very nice, Cher! Have a great weekend!

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  26. Cher, as usual I await your FFWD post every week and you never fail to cheer me up - this time too :). Your salad looks lovely with the ruby red. Although I don't dislike grapefruit, I couldn't get hold of any this week so I substituted it with Thai pomelo...same family and texture, only sweeter and less tangy.

    Plus, I think I totally messed up my salad that I'm a bit hesitant to post it. Perhaps later :).

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  27. Your salad looks wonderful - thank you also for the warm welcome.
    andrea at kitchenlioness

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  28. Your salad looks wonderful! We really enjoyed it also! Cross-cultural experiences can be very .... interesting, love to hear your stories : ).

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  29. looks awesome! I agree with cutting out the bell pepper- good choice

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  30. YUMMERS!! I love anything and everything that has crab in it. Never thought of pairing it with a refreshing grapefruit :)

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  31. I love grapefruit, and it would never have occurred to me that there were people out there who don't love it! When I was sixteen I spent a year in France as an exchange student. I cringe at some of the "cross-cultural" experiences I had ... beef tongue in the school cafeteria anyone!!

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  32. At one time I used to eat pink grapefruit with sugar on top. I guess I was dieting. Anyway, your salad mix is interesting, I wouldn't have thought of that combo.

    You were brave to leave the country at 15 and spend a month in another!

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  33. MMMM! It looks so good. I need to go back & do this recipe when I have a little time.

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  34. Looks spectacular! Wish I could send you some grapefruit!

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