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Citrus Salsa (with Grapefruit)

Refreshingly light, tart, and spicy, this Citrus Salsa is an easy, no-cook salsa perfect for scooping up with tortilla chips or pairing with delicate proteins like fish.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer, condiment, Snack


  • 1-2 jalapenos, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 small onion, finely diced (I used a white onion)
  • 1 white grapefruit
  • 1 lime
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon parsley or cilantro, chopped optional


  • Peel and segment the white grapefruit and lime into sections, making sure to remove the skin, pith, and membranes. Chop the citrus sections into small pieces. Admittedly, I haven’t yet mastered the fruit segmenting thing, so I used my fingers to remove the skin, pith, and membranes from the fruit.
  • Add the white grapefruit and lime pieces, diced jalapeno, and diced onion to a bowl and stir to combine.
  • Sprinkle with a few dashes of salt, then taste. Add more salt if desired.
  • Refrigerate until ready to use. Let sit for at least an hour or two, but ideally 24 hours, before serving. This will allow the flavors to meld.
  • The salsa will be quite juicy, so strain before serving.


I like it spicy, so I used 2 jalapenos, and it definitely had quite a bite! But if you prefer a milder salsa, just use one jalapeno. You could also replace the second jalapeno with a quarter of a finely chopped green bell pepper.
I seasoned the chicken simply after removing it from the marinade, with salt and pepper on each side. After bringing my cast iron grill pan to medium-high heat, I grilled the chicken thighs for a few minutes on each side. I’m not going to provide exact cooking times as they may vary, depending upon the size and thickness of each chicken thigh. I use a cooking thermometer to test for doneness, aiming for an internal temperature of 150 degrees Fahrenheit (the chicken will continue cooking as it rests). Once the desired doneness is achieved, I remove them from the grill pan and let them rest for 3-5 minutes before serving.
Keyword citrus jalapeno salsa, grapefruit salsa, spicy citrus salsa
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