Grapefruit Mint Salad

by Jenn on February 26, 2013

in Dairy Free,Diabetic Friendly,Gluten Free,No Cook,Salads,Vegetarian

Grapefruit Salad

I love eating grapefruits in the winter, I think they are just one of the prettiest fruits.  Maybe it’s the ruby red – the way it entices and sparkles in the light, or simply the anticipation of that tart juicy flavor just waiting to be scooped up and tasted.  While I have had more time to think about food photography than actually do food photography lately (thanks, injured eye), I have spent considerable time wondering why such foods are so beautiful to us, and what makes food beautiful, in general.

Why are we as a culture so obsessed with photos of food and documenting our food? Dennis Dutton explained the ideal Pleistocene landscape as inherently beautiful to our tastes in his Darwinian theory of beauty (the link goes to a really cool TED talk) – essentially we find beautiful the things that would be safe and reassuring to our prehistoric selves.  He describes scenes of grasslands with trees, water nearby, paths to follow, maybe animals and other people too.  But I have to wonder, if food is not also inherently attractive on that prehistoric level as well – if a little tended garden (probably a foreign element to our nomadic ancestors), or a pot on a fire of a hearty stew wafting into the air would have ruined the beauty of such a landscape?  (ok, maybe a pot of stew brewing away would have been a bit ambitious for our pleistocene ancestors, but this is just a thought experiment….).

Grapefruit Salad

I think it is obvious our primal attraction to food – food is after all, very essential to survival.  But today’s food culture goes well beyond “eating to live”, and instead has elevated food to a medium of art.  We have TV shows, commercials  restaurants, cookbooks, food blogs ( ;-) )and virtually every culturally important event or holiday that we may celebrate, devoted to the pleasure of preparing for the experience of food.  And if food is not to be eaten, it is at least to be admired.

But what makes food beautiful to me? It’s the memories.  I made this salad a few weekends ago on a sunny afternoon while my baby girl crawled around playing with daddy and her toys, and then pulled herself up to lean against the couch and skype with my mother.  It was just a good day, filled with joyful thoughts of our family, together, and happy.  And when I see these photos of this salad, I think back to that day, and it brings a smile to my face.

For me, there is a beauty in the simple pleasures of taste, but for me the most beautiful aspect of food is the memories it brings forth.  These brilliant grapefruits are a cheery spot in the harsh chill of winter, and make me think of my baby girl, who always brings a smile to my face :)

Grapefruit

 

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Jennifer February 26, 2013 at 10:39 pm

I have to say when winter is growing long, brilliant pink grapefruits are what get me through! My favorite? Star Ruby! They are the perfect balance of sweet and tart that makes for a perfect pink grapefruit :-)
I’m going to have to pick up some mint and see about trying them in a salad since normally I devour them right out of their skins. ;-)

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Jenn February 27, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Aww thanks so much! Yes it is hard for me to make something with grapefruit too, normally they get eaten so fast!

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Rosa February 26, 2013 at 11:19 pm

I love grapefruits too and this salad is just marvelous!

Cheers,

Rosa

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Jenn February 27, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Thank you Rosa!

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InTolerantChef March 1, 2013 at 10:59 am

What lovely colours, and lovely fresh flavours indeed- yummo!

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Jenn March 6, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Thanks! I may make this again tomorrow I think :)

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Heddi March 10, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Recently came across your blog, and so happy to find it. We live in Suisse-Romande too! :) Just made this salad for lunch. Delicious! Look forward to trying more of your recipes. Merci beaucoup.

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Jenn March 13, 2013 at 7:08 pm

oh fun! glad to “meet” another food blogger in the area :)

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