Grapefruit and oranges, at their peak around the holidays, are like \r\na beam of sunshine in the bleak midwinter. Here, a beautiful \r\nsalad of juicy jewel-toned segments swims in a bright simple syrup infused with the licorice notes of star anise.


  • cup sugar
  • cup water
  • 3 whole star anise
  • 5 large ruby red or pink grapefruit
  • 4 blood oranges


Dissolve sugar in water in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring. Add star anise and simmer 5 minutes. Let stand off heat 30 minutes.

Cut peel, including white pith, from fruit with a sharp knife. Cut segments free from membranes into a bowl. Squeeze juice from membranes into bowl.

Add syrup with star anise to fruit and juice and stir gently. Remove star anise before serving if desired.


Cooks’ note: Citrus salad can be made 1 day ahead and chilled.

Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Low Fat, Low Saturated Fat, Salads
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