Grapefruit & Fried Olive Salad



Grapefruit & Fried Olive Salad

Grapefruit & Olive Salad - Eat Simple Food

This grapefruit & olive salad recipe is fresh and savory.  Perfect for the winter when grapefruits are in season.  Frying the rosemary & olives gives the salad a little more “jump” but skip that step if you don’t want to dirty the pan and don’t have the time.  On a side note, blood oranges are also in season in the winter and can be substituted for the grapefruits if you want variety.

  • Author: beckie
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 5
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: International


  • 2 large grapefruits, supremed
  • 6 (3″) sprigs of rosemary
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 30 pitted kalamata olives
  • ~ 1 1/2 Tbsp e.v. olive oil
  • sea salt


  • Pour 1″ vegetable oil into a small heavy pan.  Heat oil over medium heat to 350F and add rosemary sprigs.  Fry ~ 20-30 seconds and transfer to a paper towel and add a pinch of sea salt.
  • After removing rosemary, add olives ~ fry ~ 4 minutes (or until the bubbling stops) over a low to medium sizzling heat.
  • If oil is splashing everywhere and you are scared, you need to turn the burner way down and use a splatter guard.  Remove olives and transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Remove rosemary from stem and chop when cool.  Cut the olives in half.
  • Supreme 2 large grapefruits. Supreme means to cut away the skin and the white pith and segment into wedges by removing the membranes and seeds.  Here’s a good set of photos that explains it.
  • Remember to reserve any of the juices that come out during this process and also to squeeze the remaining membranes into a bowl to get all the juice out.  Set the juice aside as a mixer for your whiskey or vodka drink, ahem….
  • Place the grapefruit wedges in a medium bowl and add olives, rosemary and olive oil.  Add salt to taste.  Stir & serve.  Happy Eating!  Beckie


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Keywords: Grapefruit, Rosemary, Kalamata Olives, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Whole 30

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