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Simple Grapefruit Vinaigrette

Simple Grapefruit Vinaigrette | Aggie's Kitchen

I’ve always loved grapefruit. Since moving to Florida when I was 10, my family has been growing lots of pink grapefruit on trees in the backyard. When season hits, we always have an over abundant amount of grapefruits to deal with. You could always count on finding a carafe of freshly squeezed juice in the fridge, a huge bowl of them on the counter and bag fulls ready to bring to neighbors and friends. For anyone else who grows grapefruit, does this sound familiar?

For obvious reasons, I’ve never really had the need to buy grapefruit, but now that I live an hour away from my family’s backyard I definitely don’t have access to them as much as I used to. I usually get sent home with at least 1 or 2 shopping bags from my grandpa a season, but it really depends on the timing of our visits.

Simple Grapefruit Vinaigrette | Aggie's Kitchen

Last week, I came home to a TREAT. Since my visit with Harry & David last fall, I’ve been receiving the Fruit of the Month club from them (a wonderful and generous gift from H&D themselves, best gift ever!). Each month a box of fruit arrives, and my family and I have enjoyed it so so much. The grapefruit that were sent this month have got to be some of the best and sweetest tasting grapefruits I have ever tasted (ssshhh don’t tell my grandpa!). They are seriously amazing. The day they arrived, I posted a pic of them on Instagram and was asked by Brenda what I was going to make with them. Honestly, it never dawns on me to make anything with grapefruit, I love eating them straight up – halved, placed in a bowl, then juiced by hand in a glass (a grapefruit spoon like this has made eating them even more enjoyable over the years). Brenda’s question got me thinking…maybe I should try making something with them.

Simple Grapefruit Vinaigrette | Aggie's Kitchen

That’s where this bright and simple grapefruit vinaigrette comes in. It was the perfect homemade salad dressing to put over a bed of baby spinach, pistachios, a little red onion and gorgonzola cheese. I love adding citrus to vinaigrettes, and this one turned out wonderfully.

Simple Grapefruit Vinaigrette | Aggie's Kitchen

Homemade vinaigrettes are so easy to make and can really help change up your typical salad. Here are a few more delicious homemade salad dressings for you to enjoy:

Maple Vinaigrette

Mustard and Herb Vinaigrette

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Smoked Paprika Dressing by Cookin’ Canuck

Kalamata Olive Vinaigrette by Kalyn’s Kitchen

Balsamic Vinaigrette by Bell’alimento

Red Wine Tomato Vinaigrette by Skinny Taste


Simple Grapefruit Vinaigrette

  • Author: Aggies Kitchen


  • 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice (about half of a large grapefruit)
  • 1/41/3 cup light olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey or agave nectar
  • good pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients in a jar or container with a tight sealed lid. Shake vigorously until combined well. Taste for sweetness, salt and pepper and adjust. Spoon over your favorite greens.
  2. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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34 comments on “Simple Grapefruit Vinaigrette”

  1. Grapefruit is one of my favorite citrus flavors! I will be trying this tonight with dinner 🙂

  2. Love the simplicity of this! And with it being citrus season, this is a great way to use grapefruit.

  3. mmmmm. If you ever need someone to send grapefruits too ;). This dressing sounds awesome

  4. My refrigerator is stocked with grapefruits right now and this dressing sounds so good that I might need to pull one out to make it.

  5. I love grapefruit too and have never thought to make something with them! I love just eating them with a spoon.

  6. Great dressing Aggie and between your pool pics on IG this weekend and those grapefruit trees, I am dying of jealousy!

  7. So simple and beautiful! Sounds refreshing, Aggie!

  8. I’ve never made anything with grapefruit either! It’s always been just an “eat like is” kind of food. However this vinaigrette sounds wonderful and I must give it a try!

  9. I love grapefruit! I hated them when I was a kid though. We had a tree in the backyard and my dad (the only one who ate them) would see how high he could stack the empty half-peels before it tipped over. Good times 🙂 I will have to try this!

  10. Love this! So fresh!

  11. this looks great and I so want a grapefruit tree

  12. Simple and delicious! Perfect for spring salads!

  13. What a great way to utilize grapefruit! Sounds simple, refreshing, and delicious 🙂

  14. This sounds like the perfect salad dressing! I would have never thought to use it in a vinaigrette, but I will absolutely try it!

  15. Grapefruit trees in the backyard sounds like a dream! This looks super refreshing!

  16. I eat grapefruits almost everyday when in season! Using them in a vinaigrette is a wonderful idea-pinning this and can’t wait to make it!

  17. Aggie,
    How timely! My mom gave me a couple of grapefruit to eat so that she can show me (and my readers LOL) how to make candied grapefruit peel this week. I’m the grapefruit fan in the family, but I can’t plow through that many halves in 2 days. So I’m changing it up, and will play with the grapefruit while still getting mom her peels.
    Thanks for this recipe!

  18. My husband came home from the grocery store last night with a big bag of grapefruit. I think a few may be destined to become vinaigrette now!

  19. Now you have me jonesing for grapefruit!!! YUM!

  20. Oh my this sounds amazing. One of the perks of living in Florida!

  21. I love this! We had a grapefruit tree in our yard in Southern California. I loved them, we also had a ton of other fruit trees from peaches to limes to persimmon and avocados. I miss that yard!! I am a huge fan of light, citrus dressing so I am so making this one!!

  22. I’m happy to be seeing these beautiful photos on the first day of Spring! I love pink grapefruit and this simple, fresh dressing looks fabulous!

  23. I love how super simple this recipe is!! And the pictures are so pretty!

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  25. Tim and Quentin are ADDICTED to grapefruit right now…. like each of them eating two a day! So I can’t wait to make this for them. I have GOT to get us eating salad again…. Just very hard to do when it’s in the 20’s even though it’s technically Spring. PS ~ STUNNING photos…. esp the first one! Go Girl!!!

  26. Remember me?? I must have lost your blog link over the years – nice to find you again! Can’t wait to try this dressing – I love grapefruit! Hugs! Biz

  27. Ohhhh…to have a grapefruit tree in the yard… Such a simple vinaigrette, I love it! I have just one grapefruit in my fridge, begging to be drizzled over a salad. 🙂

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  32. This is awesome but it’s not technically a vinaigrette because it doesn’t have vinegar. It’s a citronette, meaning it has citrus. I don’t like vinegar so that’s great! 

    • Oh gosh, you are so right!! I don’t know why I didn’t think of the term citronette!! I have a good friend that doesn’t like vinegar either, I am going to tell her to try something like this for her salads. I really appreciate the comment and rating – thanks so much for letting me know you enjoyed it!

  33. This was awesome! Thank you so much! Delicious!