Grapefruit and Goat Cheese Salad with a Tangy Grapefruit Vinaigrette

5 Oct

Packing has commenced! Thank goodness.

I am an organizational freak of nature and it seriously bothers me when my life isn’t in perfect order. Knowing that we had a whole spare room of random stuff we never, ever, use, just sitting there, was causing me to have panic attacks. Finally I recruited Mr. Delish last night to help me get that room packed up. Now I feel better. We really only have the things we really need for the next week, left to pack. If I can keep myself from getting too involved in all the new TV episodes, I should be okay.

I also just have to tell you that I got into a fight with a complete stranger yesterday….which is TOTALLY not like me. For the most part, I am a very calm person, even if someone was trying to start a fight with me, It would be difficult to get me riled up. HOWEVER, and this is a big however, if I see someone that is being rude to someone in the service industry for absolutely no reason at all, I WILL say something.

It all began after work yesterday. We were short on veggies so I made a stop at our local fruit and vegetable market on the way home. I was browsing through a big bin of honeycrisp apples (my favorite) when I heard a man raising his voice. I look up to see a grown man who is getting angry with the cashier. I listen for a second to hear what is going on and realize that he is upset because she asked him if he wanted a box instead of a bag.

Personally, I always choose a box because usually I have a big load of stuff and it makes it much easier to carry and I find that your delicate fruits and veggies don’t get bruised or beaten up that way.

Anyways, back to the story, for whatever reason, this man decided that instead of just saying no thank you, I’ll have a plastic bag, that he would give this poor girl a lecture on exactly WHY he didn’t want a box. He was being downright rude for absolutely no reason, which immediately infuriated me. I couldn’t help but laugh sarcastically. Of course he heard me and shot me a rude look, and then proceeded to question why I was getting involved. We had words back and forth and I told him what I thought about people that verbally abuse poor cashiers that did nothing to deserve such treatment.

I assume that people that treat others this way have their own problems in life and choose to take their frustrations out on people that are not able to defend themselves. I know from working in service jobs like that, you are not allowed to stand up for yourself and being that I have been in that exact same position before, I know that I would have appreciated having someone stand up for me.

By the time I was done with the whole situation, I was all flustered and forgot to get about 5 things I needed. So when I got home I realized I was missing a bunch of things for the salad I was going to make. So I improvised and it turned out great! 

I cut two big grapefruits into segments, added carrot and an inappropriate amount of goat cheese and used the rest of the grapefruit juice to make a delicious vinaigrette. Oh and I can’t forget the candied pecans! I used the ones you can buy pre-made from Trader Joes but you can always make your own!

Once again, I apologize for the iphone photos, you know the whole story behind that.

Grapefruit and Goat Cheese Salad with a Tangy Grapefruit Vinaigrette:
4 Main Course Servings or 6 Side Salad Portions

2 whole heads of Romaine Hearts
1 Carrot
2 whole Ruby Red Grapefruits
1/2 cup Soft Goat Cheese
1/2 cup Candied Pecans
1/2 cup Olive Oil
1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar
1 tbsp Whole Grain Dijon Mustard
1 tbsp Honey
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Freshly Ground Pepper

Grab your romaine lettuce and cut off the tops of the lettuce and the bottom core. Remove the outer leaves if they are wilted or browned at all. Thoroughly wash and dry the leaves. Grab a bunch of the leaves at once and use a sharp knife to slice the lettuce very thinly, almost shredding the lettuce into thin strands. Do this with all the lettuce and then add it to a large salad bowl.

Next take your carrot wash it and peel the outer skin if it is dirty or very thick. Using the same vegetable peeler, peel the whole carrot, turning it in your hand to to peel each side equally, until the carrot is so thin you can no longer peel it. Add the Carrot to the salad bowl.

With a sharp knife you will want to lop off the bottom and top of the grapefruits so you have a flat base, now set the grapefruits down on the cutting board carefully remove the rind, making sure to take off as little of the fruit as possible. Now this is the tricky part! Holding the grapefruit in one hand and your knife in the other, VERY carefully, slice on one side of the segment and then again on the other side, removing only the segment and leaving behind the chewy sections that divide the segments. Continue to do so until you have taken all the fruit and only have the segments left, add the fruit to the salad bowl. Don’t throw away the remains yet! Squeeze all the juice out of the remaining grapefruit into a mason jar, there should be quite a bit, you should have about a 1/4 cup from both grapefruits. If you don’t end up with 1/4 cup of juice just top it off with some red wine vinegar.

Finish off the salad by crumbling the goat cheese over top and roughly chopping the pecans and topping the salad off with them!

To make the vinaigrette, add the olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey, salt and pepper, to the grapefruit juice in the mason jar. Put the lid on tightly and shake it up until it is all combined. Pour over the salad just before serving and toss.


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2 Responses to “Grapefruit and Goat Cheese Salad with a Tangy Grapefruit Vinaigrette”

  1. Suz26 October 5, 2011 at 7:56 pm #

    The salad looks amazing-might have to make that instead of Mr. Delish's fav :)
    As for the rude man-way to go-just because people have “stuff” going on in their lives-gives then absolutely no right to be rude to people who are just doing their job!!

  2. Terri @ that's some good cookin' October 12, 2011 at 3:56 am #

    I was thinking, maybe you could call this “Got My Goat Salad”. The name will always remind you of the day that man's behavior 'got your goat' and you took up for a defenseless person. Way to go! Everyone needs a hero sometimes. My daughter works at a local Home Depot and sometimes I am shocked to hear what people say to her. I get so angry that people treat 'my little girl' (she's 22) so cruelly.

    Oh,and before I get too far down the righteous indignation road, that salad dressing sounds excellent!

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