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How to Make and Use Rio Red Grapefruit Salad Dressing

You may have already tried the delicious Rio Red grapefruit in salads, but here's how to use the citrus in a sweet and tangy grapefruit salad dressing. Yum!

As everyone hunkers down for a difficult winter season, it helps to have a reason to look on the bright side. The sun may not come out as much, but you can still lighten your evening by adding a burst of citrus to your meal.

Salads are a fresh, nutritious way to jumpstart any gray day. So if you're looking to add an extra kick to a healthy snack, why not sprinkle in some grapefruit salad dressing?   

Finding the motivation to keep going can be a challenge, but a power-packed diet can make all the difference. Read on to learn how you can craft the perfect Rio Red grapefruit salad dressing to lift your spirits during these difficult times.

Sweet Citrus Rewards

Including Rio Red grapefruit in your meal can work wonders for your health. As the winter brings cloudy days, you can recharge with the high amounts of vitamin C offered in this grapefruit. It also gives your body some much-needed energy during flu season.

In addition to health benefits, the Rio Red is much sweeter than the pink grapefruit. It will give your salad a tangy texture that is sure to excite your taste buds.  

Are you ready to try it for yourself? Here are a few simple ways to turn this Lone Star fruit into a staple for your grapefruit salad recipes.  

How to Make Grapefruit Salad Dressing

While your salad dressing recipe will vary depending on what type of salad you make, there are a few general ingredients you should consider. 

Half a cup of Rio Red grapefruit juice is usually enough to provide the right amount of punch to top your salad. And feel free to slice up a full grapefruit and toss it in your salad as well. Citrus sweetens the salad, but it won't overwhelm the other flavors.

Half a cup of vinegar and Dijon mustard, a sprinkle of salt and pepper, and a cup of olive oil (or another preferred oil) round out the rest of the recipe.   

Make the Salad Your Own 

Now that you know the basics of grapefruit salad dressing, you can tailor the grapefruit recipe to fit your specific salad. 

If you're mixing up a fennel grapefruit salad for the evening, you may want to counter the dry licorice taste of fennel. Adding a little extra grapefruit juice or slicing up a large Rio Red grapefruit can give your salad a more interesting personality. 

But a grapefruit avocado salad has a slightly different feel to it. In fact, a full Rio Red grapefruit may be sufficient for covering the salad and the dressing. Doing some research can help you determine the right amount of grapefruit for this salad. 

Make Your Happy Place  

Many people are dreaming of a place where the grass is greener and the sun is brighter. But why waste energy searching for this place when you can make it yourself?

A spritely grapefruit salad dressing is all you need to inject some sunshine into your salad and energize your day. A healthy body leads to a healthy mind. Soothe your body with citrus, and your mind will find its sweet spot right in the comfort of your home.

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