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In honor of National Grapefruit Month, I was invited by TexaSweet Citrus to try out grapefruit-inspired recipes. For all of the items mentioned below, I used the delicious Texas Rio Star Grapefruits. TexaSweet kindly sent over a Whole Foods gift card where I could purchase the ingredients and the jumbo grapefruits. The grapefruits are juicy, sweet, tree-ripened and very red in color! See below for benefits of this nutritional fruit and the recipes I demonstrated.

Benefits of eating Texas Grapefruits:

  • Fat free
  • High in Vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants
  • And, low-fat diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors.

 Rio Star Grapefruit & Vodka Cooler

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  • 5 Texas Rio Star Grapefruit, juiced
  • 1 small lemon, juiced
  • 2/3 cup vodka
  • 1 ¼ cups sparkling mineral water, chilled
  • Plenty of ice cubes

Directions: Mix grapefruit juice, lemon juice, vodka, & ice cubes in a large serving pitcher. Stir in mineral water and serve in wine glasses.


Texas Citrus Salsa


  • 1 Texas Red Grapefruit, peeled, sectioned and chopped
  • 1 large Texas Orange, peeled, sectioned and chopped
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 1 cup diced green, red, and yellow bell pepper (use a mixture of all three peppers for best color contrast)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped red onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


Mix grapefruit, orange, peppers, onion, cilantro and seasonings. Seed and chop the tomato. Combine all the salsa ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Drain juice before serving. Makes about 2 cups.

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Just add some chips or crackers and you’re set!


Texas Grapefruit Sunriser Smoothie


  • 2 Texas Red Grapefruit
  • 8 large strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 ripe medium bananas
  • 8 ounces strawberry-banana yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup crushed ice


Juice grapefruit; measure 1 1/3 cups juice. Add strawberries. Cut bananas into chunks. Combine all the ingredients in an electric blender and whirl until smooth.

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So refreshing!


(Disclaimer: I was provided a gift card to Whole Foods and a box of TexaSweet grapefruit in exchange for a blog post surrounding this theme.)