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Can I Cook With Grapefruit Zest?

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Question

There is lemon zest, orange, and even lime zest, but can you cook with grapefruit zest?

Answer

Yes, you can. In fact, here’s one recipe we suggest that uses grapefruit zest:

Citrus Ginger Dressing
⋅ 6 tablespoons olive oil
⋅ 1/2 grapefruit with zest, peeled and seeded
⋅ 1 1/2 tablespoons wine or balsamic vinegar
⋅ 1 clove garlic
⋅ 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated or sliced ginger
⋅ 1/8 teaspoon each black pepper and salt or to taste

Using a zester or a sharp knife remove zest (or peel) of one half of the grapefruit — add to blender or food processor bowl.

Process garlic, vinegar, citrus and peel. Allow to sit five minutes. Add remaining ingredients and process one more time, briefly.

Serve with your favorite salad vegetables. Or add a tablespoon of soy sauce and toss with udon or other Oriental noodles.

To use with fruit, add one to 2 teaspoons of sugar and omit garlic, salt and pepper. When preparing this dressing for use with fruit be sure to use balsamic vinegar. This version goes well with fresh strawberries or grapefruit wedges.