21 Healthy Grapefruit Recipes To Keep You Feeling Refreshed All Summer Long

Grapefruit may not technically be a summertime fruit, but it's delicious, not too sweet and incredibly versatile.

It works as breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert, which is good news because it has tons of health benefits. Because it's a great source of vitamin C, grapefruit helps fight cold symptoms and hangovers so you'll be up and active all summer long.

If you're fed up with eating your grapefruit with a spoon, then these recipes will make your summer a whole lot simpler and sweeter.

Cinnamon, Ginger & Brown Sugar-Baked Grapefruit

This sweet treat can easily be dessert on any given night. But since it's the summer, go ahead and treat yourself to a decadent breakfast.

Grapefruit Sorbet

This 3-ingredient sorbet couldn't be any easier. It'll satisfy any and all sweet cravings you may have and refresh you on a hot summer day.

Grapefruit Dutch Baby

Forget pancakes, make this unbelievably beautiful breakfast dish for your next potluck brunch.

Grapefruit Shrimp Salad

Nothing is more light and refreshing on a sweltering hot day than seafood -- aside from grapefruit, of course. This salad is the perfect go-to healthy lunch that can be prepared in advance. It's much more interesting than a plain old caesar salad.

Grapefruit and Mango Jell-O Shots

OK, so we're not really adults yet, which means we can still whip up some Jell-O shots this summer. These refreshing shots will be way better than a heavy beer and more fun too.

Grilled Grapefruit

Along with peaches, watermelon and pineapple, add grapefruit to the list of fruits that taste way better grilled. Fresh fruit is great but when it comes off the grill all warm and juicy, it just melts in your mouth.

Grapefruit Salsa Fish Tacos

Mexican food can tend to be on the heavier side but not with this recipe.

Grapefruit gives these already fresh fish tacos a much-needed semi-sweet flavor that might not be in your usual salsa recipe, but it will be after you try it.

Grapefruit Mimosas

Break out the booze.

A classy brunch with family or friends definitely calls for grapefruit mimosas. This 2-ingredient recipe takes less than 5 minutes to prepare and will impress your guests.

Fennel & Grapefruit Salad

It might seem plain, but simplicity is what makes this salad so delicious.

Grapefruit, fennel and Pecorino Romano cheese are the stars of this dish, and in just 15 minutes, you could be serving up this sophisticated salad.

Slim Juice

Named for its ability to suppress your appetite, this juice will hydrate you and fill you up in no time.

It'll take you 5 minutes to mix up this recipe that combines grapefruit, lemon, lime, cucumber, mint and water.

College Style Grapefruit Beer

This concoction utilizes every college kid's favorite ingredient: cheap beer.

Grapefruit's magic powers and agave's natural sweetness is all this recipe calls for, so why wouldn't you upgrade from shitty beer to classy cocktail?

Grapefruit Margarita Popsicles

For a more pool-friendly snack, try out these boozy popsicles that are sure to keep you tipsy and refreshed.

Keep a cooler of these babies right by the water so you and your friends can stay hydrated with tequila all day long.

Pistachio and Grapefruit Salad

You can never have too many summer salad recipes in your back pocket, so here's another one.

What you see is what you get with this lunch option. Just combine these five super simple ingredients and you'll be ready to eat in a few minutes.

Grapefruit Juice on the Rocks

Nothing is easier than this one-minute cocktail. If you haven't shifted into summer mode yet, this drink will definitely help you get there.

Sweet or Green Tie Dye Juice

Sticking with the liquids, these juices are refreshing and nutritious. They include healthy vegetables like beets and carrots as well as ginger. The citrus flavor comes through nicely for those who aren't that into drinking liquid lettuce.

Deep Eddy Grapefruit Frozen Lemonade

Get into the summer spirit with another simple grapefruit cocktail recipe. This recipe gets all of its grapefruit flavor from a flavored vodka, but nevertheless, it's good.

Brûléed Grapefruit

Three ingredients and an oven are all you need for this snack.

Brown sugar and agave nectar add all the necessary sweetness to this dish. It's a bit of a step down from the first recipe, but if you're looking for something a bit easier or don't have a stocked pantry, try this out.

Pimped Out Citrus Salad

You can't go wrong with lettuce and fruit. It's an instant salad that is sure to deliver on flavor.

The best part is that you can make this anywhere, anytime. You can throw this together at the dining hall or at home. As long as you have a knife and a bowl, you're set.

Healthy Fruit and Granola Yogurt Bar

A DIY fruit and granola bar is kind of genius and I'm not sure why people don't do it more often. You could really use any fruit you'd like but this recipe used grapefruit, oranges and grapes. For a quick and easy breakfast platter, give this a go.

Grapefruit Dream

More drinks! Because summer. This drink is very similar to the last but it also calls for some real fruit juice. Again, it takes no more than one minute to prepare (and drink).

Grapefruit Mint Coconut Water

This delicious water promises glowing skin, a metabolism boost and electrolytes. Why drink boring water when you could throw this together in just ten minutes?

This post was originally written by Jordana Colomby for Spoon University.

Citations: 21 Grapefruit Recipes You Should Make This Summer (Spoon University)