Tart yet sweet, there’s nothing quite like a grapefruit. They come into the peak of their season around January, and are the perfect must-have food for those kicking off healthier eating plans for the New Year.

Get to know grapefruit

The grapefruit is a hybrid of the sweet orange and the pomelo. The fruit originated in Barbados in the 18th century and now is grown mainly in North and South America.

The typical grapefruit contains just 80 to 100 calories, and it’s a great source of vitamins A, C, and B1, as well as pantothenic acid, copper, dietary fiber, potassium, and biotin. Grapefruit also contains phytochemicals beta-carotene, naringenin, limonoids, and lycopene.

Though they are available throughout the year, most grapefruits peak around Christmas and continue through April.

Do you think the only way to eat grapefruit is raw, perhaps with a little sweetener on top? These grapefruit recipes will have you rethinking the many ways you can eat this citrus fruit.

Avocado and grapefruit salad

Rev up your salad regimen with creamy avocado and slices of grapefruit on top of delicious greens. It’s a unique combination that your taste buds may not be used to — but they’ll likely be pleasantly surprised, with a dressing that includes maple syrup and sesame oil.

Get the recipe!

Grapefruit mojitos

This cocktail recipe from A Beautiful Plate offers a different take on a traditional cocktail. Lime and mint are featured along with grapefruit, of course, in this rum and soda water concoction.

Get the recipe!

Ginger grapefruit curd

This recipe was inspired by Heidi Swanson’s trip to Morocco (which is also detailed in this blog post), where she found herself enjoying some delicious lemon curd bars. Check out her recipe and try it out on scones, muffins, or anything else that takes your fancy!

Get the recipe!

Grapefruit, avocado, and shrimp salad

Looking for something fresh that combines grapefruit in an unexpected way? This grapefruit, avocado, and shrimp salad from the Kitchen Paper boasts plenty of flavor and spectacular presentation.

Get the recipe!

Grapefruit yogurt cake

Smitten Kitchen’s recipe for grapefruit yogurt cake incorporates tangy yogurt and sour grapefruit into a baked good that’s drool-worthy. Grapefruit zest and juice blended with whole-milk yogurt baked in give this an extra tang.

Get the recipe!

Skillet roasted chicken with grapefruit-rosemary pan sauce

From Sarah Kiefer of the Vanilla Bean Blog, this is a flavor combo you won’t soon forget! Spoon this delicious sauce over some succulent roast chicken for a family dinner or your next dinner party.

Get the recipe!

Grapefruit-vanilla curd

Sherry Yard’s book “The Secrets of Baking” inspired this recipe for grapefruit-vanilla curd on Serious Eats. Carolyn Cope adapted the recipe, which transforms grapefruit and lemon into a curd that is thick and rich while being fresh and tangy.

Get the recipe!

Ruby red grapefruit marmalade

Oh, the jam! If it comes in grape and strawberry, why not grapefruit? You may not find this at the grocery store, which is all the more reason to make it yourself. The Cosmic Cowgirl suggests two types of grapefruit marmalade: one infused with tupelo honey and the other with vanilla bean.

Get the recipe!