Winter’s on its way and that means grapefruits and other citrus are in season. Eating grapefruits offers a lot of great health benefits like helping lower your LDL cholesterol and triglycerides along with giving you a big dose of vitamin C. The following recipe for Soba Noodle Salad with Grapefruit and Spicy Peanut Sauce is a good one, because it calls for removing the more bitter parts of the grapefruit. It’s also a really easy lunch option for work or school.
How to Supreme a Grapefruit
(The sections of grapefruit after the pith and membrane have been removed are what are referred to as supremes.)
- Slice off both ends of the grapefruit, top and bottom, through the peel, pith and membrane, to the juicy flesh.
- Place grapefruit upright on a flat end and cut off the peel, pith and membrane around the circumference of the grapefruit.
- Pick up the now naked grapefruit and find the membranes that separate each section. Cut the individual wedges away from the separating membranes. You should be left with wedges of grapefruit without pith, peel or membrane.
Soba Noodle Salad with Grapefruit and Spicy Peanut Sauce
Spicy Peanut Sauce
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- 2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
- 1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tsp agave nectar
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp chili oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
Soba Noodle Salad
- 1 small red bell pepper, sliced
- 5 green onions, sliced
- 6 oz snow peas
- 8 oz buckwheat soba noodles
- 2 tsp canola oil
- 8 oz firm tofu or chicken, cut into cubes
- 1 tsp low sodium soy sauce
- 2 grapefruits, cut into supremes
- handful cilantro, chopped
1. Make the peanut sauce: Puree all of the ingredients for the sauce in a blender or food processor until smooth.
2. Toss together bell pepper and green onions in a large bowl.
3. Bring a pot of water to boil, then add snow peas and cook 1 to 2 minutes. Remove snow peas with a slotted spoon and shock them in a bowl of ice water to stop cooking; remove snow peas from water and drain. Add snow peas to bell pepper and onions. Return pot of water to a boil.
4. Cook soba noodles in the same pot according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water. Set aside.
5. Add canola oil in a hot skillet over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, add tofu or chicken and cook 1 to 2 minutes per side until lightly browned. Toss soy sauce in with tofu/chicken until absorbed.
6. Toss tofu/chicken, grapefruit supremes and soba noodles with vegetables. Divide into individual serving bowls, drizzle with spicy peanut sauce and sprinkle with cilantro. Serve.