In Tucson the mesquite trees have fresh new leaves and bags of grapefruits are looking for homes. Happy Spring! Amy here using grapefruits a way I learned from my friend and mentor Barbara Rose of Beantree Farm. You can find the original recipe as well as so much other inspiration in a new edition of the Desert Harvesters Cookbook available to preorder now.
Salsa is commonly made with tomatoes or tomatillos, but when fresh tomatoes are months away, grapefruit are plentiful, juicy, sour and pulpy with a hint of sweet. Yum! Start by cutting the stem end and blossom ends of the fruit.
Then cut down the sides to remove the peel, including the pith. Candy the rinds if you like!
With a paring knife, cut along both sides of each segment to release the pulp in wedges. This goes more quickly than it sounds.
I don’t worry about getting every little piece of pulp since I squeeze the juice out of the membranes left behind.
Remove the seeds and drink some of the excess juice. A mix of different colored grapefruit or even oranges is fun. Use what you have!
I’itois bunching onion tops have a unique onion flavor but any color onion will work: bulbous white, red or yellow, green spring onion tops, shallots… whatever you have.
Besides a smashed clove of garlic, a splash of cooking oil (any kind), a pinch of salt, and rubbed Mexican oregano, the not so secret ingredient is crushed chiltepin! Use as few or many as you like. Allow the salsa flavors of blend and the chiltepin and oregano to rehydrate.
Wanting something to go with the salsa, I made tostadas. Sautéed onion and cooked pink beans are a great base.
Mashed beans stick to tostadas better.
Fry corn tortillas in oil until crispy. In order to not set off the smoke detector, frying outside is the best, especially in beautiful spring weather.
Lettuce or most any green or sprout can all liven up tostadas. Wild mustard greens, like arugula, add a peppery bite.
Assemble and enjoy outside!
3 thoughts on “Spring Grapefruit Salsa”
Beautiful and simple recipe. Love the idea of a spring salsa. Thanks, Amy.
mouthwatering! Thanks for this great citrus idea!
Awww, so lovely! Thanks for the plug for DH! Love, b.
Barbara Rose Bean Tree Farm Tucson AZ beantreefarm.com
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