I know the pictures are at the top of the post, but it’s because the citrus just looks so lovely, I wanted to share it immediately!
I love citrus in the winter…especially blood oranges. And although I’m not a huge fan of grapefruit, John is. So I’ve combined the two to create a citrus super team, and luckily it worked out wonderfully.
To make sure you get the most out of this wonderful salad, make it the night before serving – this gives the star anise a chance to really get in there.
Blood Orange and Grapefruit Salad with Star Anise – 6-8 servings
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
3 whole star anise or 1 teaspoon star anise extract
4 red grapefruit
4 blood oranges
In a saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar and water, do not stir. Stir once the sugar is mostly melted, add star anise and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
Cut fruit in half, and begin to remove fruit segments from pith and free from membranes. Squeeze any juice left on remaining peel into a bowl, and add fruit segments. Repeat with all citrus until complete.
Place in a container with a lid, add the syrup to the fruit and juices, stir gently. Cover and refrigerate. To serve, remove from the refrigerator 1 hour before serving, and discard of start anise.
Serving it in a crystal bowl, or glass dish allows guests to see the pretty colors the fruit have exchanged. Enjoy!