Rocket Salad with Grapefruit and Black Olives

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Juicy, slightly sour ruby grapefruit, with peppery rocket leaves as a base, and black olives dressed with a combination of balsamic bianco vinegar and olive oil, then sprinkled with some chopped pistachios. If you are not a fan of rocket leaves, lamb's lettuce would be great for this salad too.

  • 1 Grapefruit
  • 1 handful Rocket
  • 10 Black olives, cut into halves
  • Some pistachios, chopped
  • 1 tbsp Rosemary infused olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic bianco
  • Salt and black pepper
  1. Peel and segment the grapefruit. Arrange rock salad, black olives and grapefruit segments on the serving plate.
  2. Mix the vinaigrette ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake to blend. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the salad and sprinkle with the chopped pistachios. Serve the salad with bread.


Nithu 1/3/11 21:12

Wow! Looks so delicious. Pictures are lovely.

Rosa's Yummy Yums 1/3/11 21:16

A refined combination! Fresh, healthy and so flavorful.



Priya Suresh 1/3/11 21:43

Wow thats a colourful,catchy and interesting salad..

Anna's Table 1/3/11 21:57

Angie, love the combination of flavour in the salad; the saltiness of the olives,the peppery taste of the rocket and the freshness citrus. Looks so refreshing!

Jill Colonna 1/3/11 22:08

Love all the ingredients but never thought of putting them actually together! Great idea.

chow and chatter 1/3/11 22:13

wow great salad love rocket :-)

Ana Rita Marreiros 1/3/11 22:23

Loved the salad....

Great colors!!!


Cool Lassi(e) 1/3/11 22:48

This is so simple and excellent! Love the colors -- feast for the eye!

Stephanie @ okie dokie artichokie 1/3/11 22:55

Love the colors in this salad! The grapefruit really makes it bright and lovely. I have to say, I adore arugula, or rocket lettuce. The peppery flavor of it really adds so much complexity to a dish. Very Spring-forward!

kitchen flavours 1/3/11 22:57

This look beautiful! Now if I want a salad recipe, your site always comes to mind first! :)

Torviewtoronto 1/3/11 23:00

lovely flavours and colours

alison 1/3/11 23:22

awesome salad,angie!:)

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook 1/3/11 23:42

Delicious! Angie, you always come up with such gorgeous salads, this one looks amazing!

Unknown 1/3/11 23:47

lovely salad..u have combined it really well.looks yummy!

Belinda @zomppa 1/3/11 23:55

Rocket is usually bit too bitter for me, but I can see how lovely it can be with that grapefruit! Beautiful presentation.

Kate @ 1/3/11 23:57

Wow...that's stunning! How do you make a salad translate that well on a photo?!? Bravo!

Sugar Free Low Carb 2/3/11 00:32

What an odd combination, but it really looks great. I never would have thought of this combination. Truly unique.

Puja 2/3/11 00:50

Wow..that salad looks Fantastic Angie..awesome color n flavors!!

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Jeannie 2/3/11 02:22

That sounds so refreshing! Lovely colour from the grapefruits:)

Claudia 2/3/11 02:28

Those ingredients were born to go together. You have so many colors, flavors and textures in that one small dish - it just makes me smile (and is sending me to my fridge). Love the rosemary-infused oil for the dressing - icing on the cake.... er.... salad.

OohLookBel 2/3/11 02:43

I can taste the sweet tangy-ness of this salad already. It looks refreshing and lovely.

Shirley @ Kokken69 2/3/11 02:44

I love all the components of this salad!

Pavithra Elangovan 2/3/11 03:17

Wonderful colors and fabulous healthy salad..looks scrumptious.

Lisa H. 2/3/11 03:23

Oh wow... nicely presented salad. Healthy and yummmm :)

Monet 2/3/11 06:06

What a unique and delicious combination of flavors. My husband would love this (he adores anything with olives) Thanks for sharing, sweet woman. I hope you have a great Wednesday. Happy Hump Day!

Unknown 2/3/11 06:37

Interesting n colorful salad

Christine Ho 2/3/11 06:48

That's a healthy salad, great for the hot days here.

Awayofmind Bakery Hoiuse 2/3/11 07:40

yes, some grapefruits for me please, is 32 degree now!

grace 2/3/11 07:40

i LOVE pistachios, but i can't think of a single dish in which i use them! i always just snack on them. i think your salad sounds perfect, angie--well done.

Cherine 2/3/11 08:40

A beautiful healthy combination!!

MaryMoh 2/3/11 09:47

Always love your salad, Angie. Love the colour and presentation.

sanjeeta kk 2/3/11 10:37

What a refreshing salad, Angie!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover 2/3/11 10:40

A simple and healthy salad, your meals always look hearty.

Sutapa 2/3/11 12:28

Lovely pics! A very fresh and healthy salad!

Unknown 2/3/11 12:50

What a fresh and delicious salad. I have a really hard time cutting such nice grapefruit segments, they make it look so easy on tv, but in real life, i always make a mess.
*kisses* HH

Lauren 2/3/11 12:52

I've been on a citrus kick lately and I think you have too. Love rocket. You'll have good input on my post today come see...

Finla 2/3/11 14:00

Beautiful, healthy and yummy.

Elisabeth 2/3/11 14:08

Angie-I love the combination of the bitterness, sour, and the distinctive olive flavor in the beautiful colorful salad. Wonder how Arugula, got the name "rocket"?

lena 2/3/11 15:05

hi angie, as you know i'm quite new to your blog and just a while ago, i took a peep at your salad section..i just love so much of them..once a while, i just like to have salad just for myself only..this surely gives me some ideas from your recipes!

Angie's Recipes 2/3/11 15:22

@Elisabeth Arugula is also called "Rocket Salad". I think it's British English.

sweetlifebake 2/3/11 15:55

grapefruit and olives, oh my kiddos would love these combo!!


Unknown 2/3/11 17:01

What lovely salad. I'm not so keen on grapefruit (I'd still eat them though), but the rest of the salad, I love. :)

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking 2/3/11 19:31

I love rocket salads and yours looks just perfect, Angie! Full of flavor and vibrancy. Thanks for sharing!

A Canadian Foodie 2/3/11 19:39

So often, Angie, I feel you are reading my mind. I just told my girlfriend I would bring a grapefruit and arugula salad to her dinner next week - and then like magic, here is a recipe from you!
I wouldn't have thought olives - and love the idea.

Maria @ Scandi Foodie 2/3/11 22:52

I'm a huge fan of salads, love the flavours in this one!

Raina 2/3/11 23:13

Beautiful and impressive looking salad. Wonderful combo of flavors. Looks delicious:)

Barbara 2/3/11 23:57

Always find it amusing that the British call it rocket and we call it arugula. Lovely and peppery, I use it a lot. Interesting combo with grapefruit and olives.l

Peggy 3/3/11 00:09

What lovely pictures Angie! The salad is so bright and colorful! Sounds super tasty!

Anonymous 3/3/11 00:43

Such a lovely salad, a terrific combination of grapefruit and olives!

Hornsfan 3/3/11 01:16

Gorgrous salad Angie, this is so pretty it must taste divine!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets 3/3/11 03:23

I love the bite of arugula :) and grapefruit is one of my favorite fruits and so healthy! Never would've thought to combine it with olives. What a fascinating and delightful salad.

Fresh Local and Best 3/3/11 04:43

This is such a gorgeous and elegant salad! It's a perfect way to use up fruit from the citrus season.

Awayofmind Bakery Hoiuse 3/3/11 07:28

Angie, Congratulations on being today Top 9!

Anonymous 3/3/11 07:44

Looks so yummy!

Ivy 3/3/11 07:51

Congratulations on being on the Top 9. I haven't eaten grapefruit since I was a child, because I didn't like the taste but I love rocket salad and I have made it many times with other citrus fruit.

Elin Chia 3/3/11 08:42

Congrats !! Top 9 !! Great the pistachio garnishing on the salad. Thumbs up :)

Suchitra Vaidyaram 3/3/11 12:22

love the black olives in this salad- simple and unique! Presentation is mind blowing

Joanne 3/3/11 13:27

This is such an explosive combination of sweet salty bitter flavors! delicious salad.

Cynthia 3/3/11 16:18

OMG, there are so many amazing things that I have missed!

Sherry @ JustAPinch 3/3/11 16:57

Thank you for this recipe! I've never known what to do with grapefruit. Now you've got my wheels turning. Cheers!

Kim - Liv Life 3/3/11 19:00

Love it all (except the olives... I'd have to leave them out...!). Grapefruit has always been popular with my household, my husband would eat it every day if we had enough. Perfect salad! And might I add a lovely picture to go with it!

Unknown 3/3/11 19:14

What wondedrful flavors!! Congrats on Top 9!!! ♥- Katrina


Gorgeous, Angie! I love the idea of briny olives and grapefruit.

Beth 3/3/11 19:21

I love rocket! And the idea of mixing grapefruit with it is inspired. What a wonderful salad!


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