15 Grapefruit Recipes In Time For National Grapefruit Month, Because This Citrus Treat Is Worth Celebrating

Whenever I think of a grapefruit, I think of a restrictive diet that involves eating the citrus fruit plain every morning, and I get kind of turned off. The idea of whipping up great grapefruit recipes just doesn't do it for me. Really, this is totally unfair to grapefruit. It's not the grapefruit's fault that it has a reputation as being a boring diet food. It deserves more than this!

For those who haven't realized, grapefruit is actually a really delicious fruit that pairs well with so many other kinds of food, and makes for a refreshing addition to many recipes. And there's no better time to celebrate it than February, which is National Grapefruit Month. Conveniently, grapefruits are also in season right now, meaning that this is the best time to eat them because they'll be super sweet and also super cheap. 

So, stop thinking of grapefruit as something boring, and start thinking of it as yummy and exciting — these 15 recipes should help. From dessert to salads to alcoholic drinks, there's something here for everyone.

Image: A Better Happier St. Sebastian

Grapefruit Yogurt and Thyme Pound Cake

Doesn’t this just sound and look so fresh and perfect? Use this glazed pound cake as a breakfast/brunch food, or just as a fruity, citrus dessert.

Recipe and Photo: A Cozy Kitchen

Citrus Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

You can’t go wrong with a classic citrus salad like this one. The sweet dressing pairs perfectly with the slight citrus bitterness. This is a perfect light meal or side dish.

Photo and Recipe: Good Life Eats

Seared Scallops with Grapefruit Supremes, Watercress, & Balsamic Pears

Everything in this sounds so good… pears, grapefruit, scallops. It’s a delicious and light meal that will impress everyone. 

Recipe and Photo: The Healthy Foodie

Angel Food Cake with Coconut Whipped Cream & Grapefruit Syrup

UM… this looks amazing, and I am tempted to make it right now. The fluffy angel food cake mixes so well with the tropical flavors of the homemade coconut whipped cream and grapefruit syrup. I swear I’m not drooling.

Recipe and Photo: How Sweet It Is

Sparkling Grapefruit Sangria

Grapefruit makes a great addition to any cocktail, but it is especially perfect for a sweet white sangria. Make this, and dream about warmer summer days.

Recipe and Photo: How Sweet It Is

Beet, Avocado, and Grapefruit Salad

Grapefruit is obviously perfect for salads. Mix it with hearty ingredients like avocado and beet, add some spicy arugula, and you’ve got a great meal.

Recipe and Photo: Love and Lemons

Grapefruit Brulee

This is so easy that I’m not even sure if it counts as a recipe. For those of you who don’t think you like grapefruit, add sugar and a broiler and you’ve got a delicious snack. Because doesn’t sugar make everything better?

Recipe and Photo: A Better Happier St. Sebastian

Grapefruit Sorbet

The best way to eat grapefruit is in frozen form. This may sound complicated, but it literally involves two ingredients and could not be any more simple.

Recipe and Photo: How Sweet It Is

Quinoa Granola Parfaits with Grapefruit and Mint

This sounds like a perfect brunch recipe, and the best part is that it’s healthy too. Mint pairs nicely with citrus, and once you add in the quinoa and granola, you’ve got a satisfying meal.

Recipe and Photo: Climbing Grier Mountain

Glazed Grapefruit Cookies

Who knew grapefruits could transform into soft, yummy little cookies? Well, they can, and you need to try them!

Recipe and Photo: Big Girls Small Kitchen

Gnocchi With Grilled Grapefruit and Asparagus

I have never thought of grilling grapefruit, nor have I thought of pairing it with pasta of any kind — but I can very easily be persuaded, and this recipe is doing the trick. The combination of the different flavors sounds unique and wonderful.

Recipe and Photo: A Spicy Perspective

Citrus Herb Orzo Salad

This vegetarian dish could work as a main entree for dinner or lunch, or it could just make a great side dish — now, or in the middle of summer. Hold onto this one!

Recipe and Photo: Offbeat and Inspired

Roasted Asparagus with Pink Grapefruit, Pine Nuts, & Lemon-Infused Oil

If you’re looking for a vegetable side dish that’s sure to impress everyone, look no further than this. Asparagus and grapefruit go together perfectly.

Recipe and Photo: Food and Style

Summery Kale, Grapefruit, and Shrimp Salad

I know this says “summery,” but you can just eat this right now and pretend it’s summer. Nice, isn’t it?

Recipe and Photo: The Healthy Foodie

Honey Grapefruit Martini

Honey is the perfect thing to add to a grapefruit drink to make it sweeter and even more delicious. And alcohol, of course. Don’t forget about alcohol.

Recipe and Photo: The Little Epicurean