And this recipe has that same coconut and peanut combination but is really fresh and light and tangy …. it’s a beautiful summery dish.
I saw it on my instagram friend Gena’s feed back in June, made it pretty much instantly but then totally forgot to post it!
So I hope you see this and have a chance to make it before the end of the summer.
I think next time I’ll make it I’ll use little gem lettuce ‘cups’ with the grapefruit salad already spooned in, but for this one I used bigger lettuce leaves to tear off and wrap around the salad.
I chose this pink grapefruit as I like the sweetness of pink grapefruit and of course for how pretty it is! Plus red and pink grapefruit contain more antioxidents than yellow.
This is a great anti-aging dish as everything is fresh and nothing cooked, so you get all the hydrating benefits possible.
To make a lovely starter for perhaps four, or a light lunch for two, you’ll need:
1 large grapefruit, torn into small chunks
2-3 dessert spoons of dessiccated coconut
2 -3 dessert spoons of peanuts (I used salted ones as that was what was in the shop), crushed or chopped very small
1 small red onion, or half a larger one, sliced very finely
1 handful of fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
1 handful of fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
1/2 tablespoon demerara sugar
1 tablespoon fish sauce (or a light soy sauce to make this vegetarian)
the juice of 1/2 - 1 (depending on how juicy it is and how you like it!)
2 red bird eye chillies
lettuce leaves, to serve
I like to toast the coconut and peanuts, but you can add them just as they are too - that’s how it was in the original recipe.
To toast, put a non-stick pan over a medium heat, add the coconut and chopped peanuts and toast until a light brown. Stir constantly and watch it closely - it’ll be the one second you look away that it suddenly burns!
Remove from the heat and set aside.
Make the dressing by pounding the chillies in the mortar with the pestle into small pieces, almost into a paste, then add the sugar, fish sauce and lime juice.
Mix together and taste to see if you need more sugar, fish sauce or lime juice so it’s perfect for you - and bear in mind the sweetness or tartness of your grapefruit too.
Tip the dressing into a larger bowl and add all the other ingredients, adding any juice that’s come out of the grapefruit too, and mix to combine.
Serve with the lettuce to make little bite-sized wraps of salad.
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