2000s Recipes + Menus

Citrus Salad with Star Anise

  • Active time:10 min
  • Start to finish:1 1/4 hr
March 2000
A fruit salad for dessert is a great way to use the abundance of late winter-grapefruits and oranges. The floral quality of anise plays off the tartness of the fruit beautifully.
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 whole star anise or 1 teaspoon anise seeds
  • 3 assorted grapefruits such as white, pink, and ruby
  • 2 navel oranges
  • Simmer water with sugar and anise in a small saucepan over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, 1 minute. Cool slightly.
  • Cut peel and white pith from grapefruits and oranges with a sharp knife. Working over a bowl, cut grapefruit and orange sections free from membranes. Pour off juice released during cutting from bowl and reserve.
  • Stir syrup into fruit and chill, covered, 1 hour. Stir in reserved juice to taste.
Cooks’ note: Salad can be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered.
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