Holy summer freshness! This sunrise salsa has some major sweet-‘n-fruity, summery flavor going on.
I’ve had a major grapefruit obsession over the past few months. I’ve always loved them, but since getting pregnant, I need them. The sweet-tart flavor keeps me away from the sour candy I’d really like to be eating. One of my favorite things to do with grapefruit is blend it in to a smoothie — like in my Metabolism Booster Smoothie, and most recently, just a half of a fresh grapefruit, some frozen watermelon chunks, and lots of ice, blended into a granita-esque treat. You can’t taste the watermelon in it (the grapefruit is an overpowering flavor!), but it adds a bit of sweetness and makes a beautiful pink color.
I made this salsa thinking what a great fish-topper it would be, but after it was made in the AM, I couldn’t wait until dinner time to eat it. For lunch, I took some crunchy romaine leaves, and topped them with black beans, some shredded cabbage, pepper jack cheese, and this summery Sunrise Salsa. Ah-may-zing. The only thing I would change the next time is to leave off the cheese– totally unnecessary, and not the best flavor with grapefruit. I also added avocado to some wraps I made the following day, and that was a very, very good addition– creamy avocado and tangy grapefruit are a match made in summer-heaven!
Is the spring (and impending summer) making anyone else crave Mexican ALL THE TIME? I think my brain connects this time of the year with the first warm days of spring in Portland– everyone down in the city crowding any restaurant with a patio. My girlfriends and I loved Cha and El Matador on NW 23rd. Any other Portlanders out there? Can I call myself a Portlander anymore after not living there for nearly 5 years?
I can’t believe how long I’ve been away. When I moved to Kuala Lumpur from Oregon, the plan was to stay 2 or 3 years. Get some good teaching experience at an International School, travel, spend some time in Thailand. That was the plan. Never did I imagine I would fall in love with the city, find the love of my life, or begin a family here. My mom is a bit heartbroken her grandchild will be living 8,000 miles away, but she will be spending a month here getting to know him after he arrives this August. Someday, I will live closer to my family– that is the major drawback of finding “home” so far away from home.
- 2 grapefruit
- 1 1/2 cups cantaloupe cut into small chuncks (about 1/2 a small melon)
- 1-3 teaspoons jalapeno diced (depending on desired heat)
- 2 teaspoon cilantro finely chopped
- 3 teaspoons lime juice
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
- Peel a section the grapefruits, cutting each section into small pieces.
- Mix the grapefruit with the cantaloupe chunks.
- Finely dice the jalapeno, and add a teaspoon at a time until it reaches desired spice. My jalapeno was very spicy, so I only added 1 teaspoon.
- Add chopped cilantro, lime juice, and sea salt.
- Serve with chips, or as a topping to chicken or fish.
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
O yum! Spicy, sour, just the right POP to a dish…and colorful 😉
Robyn @ simply fresh dinners says
Oh my, what a delicious concoction, Michelle, and the perfect name for it! I love grapefruit as well and this combo of delicious flavors sounds heavenly – especially with the added heat. Love it!
Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy says
oh my gosh that sounds so refreshing!
Refreshing is the perfect word for it 🙂 A great change up for tacos or salads.
Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says
Hi Michelle, visiting your blog from Lisa’s (Healthy Nibbles and Bits). . I love your story and wow, Kuala Lumpur!! Are you pregnant with your first? I feel for your mother who will not be close by. . but you can send lots of photos and videos!! My mom is in Texas and I post photos of my kids for her all the time. . 😛 I love this salsa and so happy to discover your lovely blog today!
Nice to meet you Alice! Yes, this will be our first baby. Very exciting time! My mom is devastated the baby will be so far away! She is spending a month here after he is born, and I spend 5 or 6 weeks home every summer (I teach here in Kuala Lumpur, so have a long summer break!). Hopefully it won’t be too long before we live closer.