Shrimp & Grapefruit Winter Salad

Margie Bruner - Glory Kitchenby: Margie Bruner, owner of Glory Kitchen
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The tart refreshing flavors of fresh grapefruit adds so much tang and juiciness to a green winter salad.  This salad has lovely pink colorations which makes it pretty and refreshing to serve, especially during the cold and grey winter months.  There is plenty of fresh variety in this bowl with the simply sauteed shrimp, salty feta cheese, tart grapefruit, crunchy peanuts and the Asian flavors of Penang nut & spice mix. I love to serve this when citrus is plentiful and at its peak season.

Sectioning a fresh grapefruit can seem intimidating to accomplish, however, once you’ve mastered the knife technique, you’ll see it is quite simple.  It is worth the extra effort to prepare because the grapefruit sections come out juicy, delicate and free of the outside membranes. You will need to work with a very sharp knife, moving very slowly and deliberately.

Shrimp & Grapefruit Salad

2-3 large salads


    for the asian vinaigrette dressing:
  • 1 teaspoon Penang nut & spice mix
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • grapefruit juice from grapefruits
  • 1 ½ teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon sambal chili paste (or sriracha)
  • for the salad:
  • Penang nut & spice mix
  • 2 grapefruits, sectioned, juice reserved
  • 1 bag arugula
  • ½ leek, cut thin, on bias
  • ¾ lb shrimp, (I like small, 31/40 count)
  • sesame oil
  • ½ cup peanuts
  • 1 avocado
  • ½ block feta cheese
  • asian vinaigrette dressing (from above)


  1. With a sharp knife, carefully section the 2 fresh grapefruits (as shown in photograph). To section a piece of citrus, slice each end off fruit. Then run your sharp knife down the side of the fruit, removing the peel with each slice. Go around the entire fruit until the white pith is removed. Move slowly & deliberately, trying to leave as much fruit intact but still removing the white part of the skin. Once it is completely free of peel, place the grapefruit in one hand and the knife in the other. Begin by slicing down the side of one of the membranes, removing it carefully from the flesh (see photo). Then run it down the other side until the segment comes out clean. Place it in bowl and continue all around until each segment is removed. When complete, squeeze the membranes over a bowl to release all the extra juice and reserve for the dressing.
  2. Toast the peanuts in a dry pan and once they are lightly browned, remove into a bowl to cool.
  3. Sauté the shrimp in about 2 teaspoons of sesame oil just until they turn pink and remove into a separate bowl to cool. Do not overcook or they will turn rubbery.
  4. Slice the leek in half, lengthwise and rinse well under running water. Open the leaves and let the water wash the interior membranes where small amounts of dirt often stay behind. Dry and slice the leek thinly, on the bias. Set aside.
  5. Arrange the salad in each individual serving bowl beginning with a bed of arugula. Then layer shrimp, grapefruit, leeks, peanuts, feta cheese and finally, the sliced avocado (wait until last minute to cut the avocado so it stays nice and bright green and does not turn brown). Top the salad with plenty of Penang nut & spice mix. Serve with the dressing on the side.


This salad has several ingredients such as Sambal chili paste, sesame oil and rice wine vinegar. As with all recipes, always feel free to substitute oils & chilis and experiment with your own home ingredients. I never feel as though I should go out & buy a bottle of an ingredient only to use 1 or 2 tablespoons. So always try substituting with like ingredients. Of course, if you decide to buy Sambal chili paste you won't regret it - it has wonderful flavor & I use it often on so many recipes that are not Asian. Enjoy!

Shrimp & Grapefruit Salad - Glory Kitchen
Shrimp & Grapefruit Salad - Glory Kitchen
Shrimp & Grapefruit Salad - Glory Kitchen
Shrimp & Grapefruit Salad - Glory Kitchen
Shrimp & Grapefruit Salad - Glory Kitchen
Shrimp & Grapefruit Salad - Glory Kitchen
Shrimp & Grapefruit Salad - Glory Kitchen
Shrimp & Grapefruit Salad - Glory Kitchen
Shrimp & Grapefruit Salad - Glory Kitchen