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Rio Star Grapefruit & Quinoa Salad

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Category: Salads and Side Dishes
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Ingredients

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  • 1 Texas Rio Star Grapefruit, sectioned
  • 1 Texas Orange, sectioned
  • 8 thin slices fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus additional for seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 small serrano or jalapeno chile, minced (with seeds for maximum heat)
  • 2 scallions (both white and green parts), minced
  • 2 carrots, peeled & diced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Strip the peel from the grapefruit with a vegetable peeler, taking care not to include the bitter white pith. Warm the grapefruit peel, ginger, and olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. As soon as the oil starts to bubble, after about 2 minutes, remove from heat. Set the oil aside to steep for 30 minutes. Strain and reserve the oil.
  2. Meanwhile, rinse the quinoa in a bowl and drain. Put the quinoa in a small saucepan with 1 1/2 water and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Boil over high heat, and then reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Set aside off the heat, undisturbed, for 5 minutes. Transfer the quinoa to a bowl and fluff with a fork. Cool.
  3. Segment the grapefruit over a bowl, reserving the segments and juice separately. Whisk 3 tablespoons of the grapefruit juice with the vinegar, honey, and salt to taste in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk in 3 tablespoons of the reserved grapefruit oil, starting with a few drops and then adding the rest in a stream to make a slightly thick dressing. Season with pepper to taste.
  4. Toss quinoa with the dressing, chiles, scallions, carrots and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
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