Arugula Fennel Grapefruit + Pine Nuts Salad

By: Jamie Stelter

Perhaps one of the most simple salads to make — and also one of the most beautiful and delicious. The bite of the arugula (rocket) is softened with a touch of olive oil and lemon, then sweetened with the grapefruit, then juxtaposed with the shaved fennel. Add a little crunch with those pine nuts and your taste buds are in heaven. Serve it as a first course and feel free to add a little healthy protein for a heartier meal, and you’ve got yourself an A+ dinner.


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  • 2 large handfuls of arugula (rocket)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 fennel bulb, shaved on a mandoline, or cut thinly with a knife
  • 1 grapefruit, peeled and quartered
  • 1 small handful of pine nuts
  • drizzle of balsamic glaze


1. In a bowl, massage arugula with olive oil and lemon juice with your hands until well-coated, then plate.

2. Add fennel, grapefruit and pine nuts on top.

3. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and serve!

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Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 0 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes

Servings: 2

  • Nutrition per serving:
  • Calories230
  • Fat15g
  • Saturated Fat2g
  • Cholesterol0mg
  • Sodium65mg
  • Carbohydrates25g
  • Fiber6g
  • Sugars12g
  • Protein 3g

Yields and nutritional information are estimated and will vary depending on produce size and equipment used.

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Jamie Stelter

Jamie Stelter is the morning traffic anchor for NY1, Time Warner Cable's popular 24/7 news channel in New York City. A news Emmy nominee, Stelter can be seen every weekday morning from 5 a.m. until noon. She has been the subject of profiles in The New York Times and the New York Post, the latter of which dubbed her the "Trans-It Girl." That became the title of her first novel, which was published in November by Polis Books. The New York Observer named her one of the media's top 50 "power bachelorettes" while she was the dating columnist for Complex magazine, but the Philadelphia native and University of Maryland graduate now chronicles her romantic home life and the delicious, healthy meals she cooks on her food blog, TV Dinner. Ulive (Scripps Networks' video platform) turned it into a web series called "TV Dinner with Friends," and then featured her and her new husband Brian Stelter, CNN's senior media correspondent and host of "Reliable Sources," in a spin-off series called "TV Wedding."

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