I’ve been writing a lot about health so far this year, and I had been planning on giving another glimpse into my journey for this post, another snapshot in words of my progress in chiseling out a New Me for the New Year. However, while perusing the selection of wintery produce at my local market, I realized the powerful effect that food can have on the memories we create for ourselves.
For example, when I came across a selection of Florida grapefruits, I found it hard not to remember my grandfather, and the quartered grapefruits he would eat religiously every morning. As I put together a bag of about six of the grapefruits, I started to think that he may have been on to something. One half of a grapefruit provides a full day’s worth of vitamin C, in addition to significant amounts of vitamin A, potassium, and fiber. In other words, they are the perfect way to start the day.
However, over the course of my years, I’ve discovered that finding reliably good grapefruits can be an exercise in frustration. Many are too dry, too bitter, or so sweet that they no longer actually taste like grapefruit, lacking that telltale ‘bite’ – despite looking like specimens of perfection.
That’s where the ‘Florida Difference’ really comes into play. While Florida grapefruits are notorious for their awkward appearance, what’s on the inside is where their superior quality becomes most apparent.
Florida grapefruits come from uniquely fertile soil, and are further enhanced by the lush subtropical climate, making them juicy and sweet, while still maintaining a crisp ‘bite.’ In fact, this juicy sweetness is at its peak right now in the January to March months.
While grapefruit is typically regarded as a breakfast item, it is nonetheless a good bit more versatile than that, and that’s how I decided upon this recipe. I wanted to put an unexpected twist on the grapefruit in order to showcase its versatility. I wanted something light, something refreshing, and then I decided I wanted to add another layer, and create a dish that’s almost Summer-seasonal in taste and composition, but with the addition of wintery ingredients.
This light and refreshing grilled chicken dish features a sweet and savory mix of salad greens, strawberries, grapefruit, and citrus. With the sweetness of the strawberries offset by the bite of the grapefruits, and the savory notes of chicken accented by the citrus tones, this a perfect dish for any time of year.
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