Grapefruit and Cucumber Salad

An excellent flavor combination

I committed a cardinal sin with this one. I forgot to measure the cucumbers. But fear not unless you use three dozen, you should be good with the estimates.

Grapefruit and Cucumber Salad

  • 1 grapefruit
  • roughly half a cucumber, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup black or green olives
  • Juice from one lime
  • 1/4 extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped (or 1 tsp Zestybeandog fine herb blend)
  • salt/black pepper to taste

Remove peel and as much pith as possible from grapefruit. Cut in thin slices and line the bottom of a pie pan with the fruit. Place sliced cucumber over top. Sprinkle with olives. Mix together juice, oil, salt and pepper and pour over salad. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes or serve immediately. Sprinkle with dill before serving.

We’ve been seeing citrus salads all over. Here are some that inspired this dish: Orange & Onion Salad at The Orange Bee; an Orange and Olive Salad with Fennel Seed at Joshua Fagans; a Citrus,  Avocado and Radish Salad at Chica Andaluza and an Oranges, Onion and Olive Salad at Foodflowersherbsandlife. We also loved the Lemon, Fennel and Cucumber Salad at Saffron and Honey.

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46 Responses to Grapefruit and Cucumber Salad

  1. Yuri says:

    Grapefruit and cucumber sounds so refreshing and healthy! Love it 🙂

  2. You were saying that you guys made a cucumber salad too – looks fantastic. Two of my favorites together.

  3. nrhatch says:

    Intriguing combination. Great salad for a hot day.

  4. rutheh says:

    Definitely looks refreshing. The citrus has been so good this winter it seems to me. Bet the two textures go well together,too. And lime is my favorite.

  5. I love grapefruit salads! I usually add cucumber, fennel, jalapeno, and avocado… and sometimes bulgur and blueberries. It never crossed my mind to use olives! That sounds delish – salt with fruit is such a great combo.

  6. You always have the most interesting flavor combinations! Can’t wait to try this one:)

  7. Carolyn Chan says:

    Never thought to make a savoury salad with grapefruit but would be so refreshing !

  8. Ooh that´s lovely – your comment about measuring the cucumber made me chuckle 😉 Thanks for the mention, most kind!

  9. BrainRants says:

    I will have to try this. Appears to be a unique twist on the standard German ‘salat’ approach, but like the commenter above, would be perfect pitch on a hot day’s evening meal side.

  10. I am fascinated by this combination!

  11. Now this is a salad! Delicious combination of ingredients.
    🙂 Mandy

  12. Oh, I’m not sure about grapefruit, but I love the cucumbers!

  13. This looks like a refreshing salad Greg, thanks for the recipe. Although, I am distraught on not having a real measurement for the cucumbers 😉

  14. Jean-François says:

    Interesting combination; it certainly sounds like a great summer salad.

  15. TasteFood says:

    Nice variation of a cucumber salad.

  16. No! Say it ain’t so! You forgot to measure the cucumbers?! I’m not sure I can come back here again. Sigh…

  17. ChgoJohn says:

    This mild Winter seems to have given us a bounty of citrus this year. I’ve not heard one report of a frost affecting Florida’s crops. And WordPress is responding with some great recipes taking advantage of the situation. Your recipe here, using cucumber, is certainly one of the better ones.

  18. Sissi says:

    Very original combination! I would have never dared combining cucumbers, olives and grapefruit. Now I know it’s possible and moreover it sounds delicious!

  19. Very nice juicy salad. Great !!!!…..

  20. Asmita says:

    Hi Greg,
    This looks so refreshing. It’s easy, simple and delicious! Love recipes that don’t involve too many steps and yet look and taste great.

  21. I love seeing the crazy flavour combinations you come up with – grapefruit and olives?! So inventive!

  22. spicegirlfla says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who forgets to measure! I’m so use to just pulling dishes together and then when I go to post I realize I didn’t write down amounts!! I think with this salad it can all be a matter of judgement. Nice contract in colors and flavors.

  23. randommanda says:

    This looks beautiful! 🙂 At first look, I thought that was prosciutto under the cucumbers. As gorgeous as this looks – not sure I’d enjoy grapefruit with cucumbers. Is it really yummy??

  24. I would never have thought to mix cucumbers and grapefruit…two of my favorite flavors! I would definitely try this one especially right now with all the citrus on the market in our area.

  25. Courtney says:

    Love the idea of this! And I’ll try to stop myself from going crazy with the cucumbers. (Wait a minute, does that sound inappropriate, or is it just me?)

  26. April says:

    Very interesting combination! Will certainly have to try this. So pretty too! 🙂

  27. nancyc says:

    That sounds so good and healthy! I love all the ingredients in this salad!

  28. Hotly Spiced says:

    Grapefruit and cucumber is a flavour combination I haven’t thought of. When grapefruits come into season I must give this a try – it looks like a very refreshing salad with plenty of crunch.

  29. Charles says:

    Heh, there’s a combination I wouldn’t have thought of – and olives too? Sounds intriguing, and I’m sure delicious. Perfect side for a summer bbq I’d think!

  30. Amy says:

    This sounds like a tasty combo! I’m always looking for something different for a salad. It’s kinda making me crave grapefruit too 🙂

  31. Raymund says:

    This is way much better than my cucumber salad!

  32. Kristy says:

    Do you think watermelon would work in place of grapefruit? I just can’t do grapefruit…but I could make this for Mike’s mom. She would enjoy this for sure.

  33. Purely.. Kay says:

    Citrus and cucumber??? Okay I may have to think about this. Okay I am done thinking and have decided that I will try this out and I am going to like it 🙂

  34. Mmm yum! You guys are really milking that big bag of grapefruit you got – it’s great, more ideas for moi!

  35. What an original combination. I’m wanting to throw some pistachios on top for more crunch and more green.

  36. I don’t usually like a salad if it doesn’t have cucumbers in it. I think they make the dish.

  37. ....RaeDi says:

    What a nice combination!

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