• Grapefruit Jack-o-Lanterns with Fall Harvest Salad

    grapefruit jack o lanternsUnless you’re willing to use a power tool, carving a mini pumpkin is not an easy task. I imagine they could look pretty cute, as mini things do, but I’ve never seen one successful done. In thinking about alternatives, we found that a grapefruit would be very easy to carve with a similar mini pumpkin shape and color, and the perfect vessel to house a delicious fall harvest salad. Or, put a tea light in it and light up your mini jack-o-lantern at night!

    fall harvest saladI’ve been nibbling on this salad all week, it’s delicious!

    Keep reading for instructions and recipe after the jump!

    Photography and styling by Liz Stanley. Assisted by Isabelle Ambler


    1. Using a serrated knife, cut out a top and then scoop the insides out. Save the top and as big of chunks as you can for the salad, and anything leftover you can use to make my favorite grapefruit sorbet (serve it in grapefruit jack-o-lanterns as well!).

    grapefruitjackolanterns2  2. With a small pairing knife, carve out a jack-o-lantern face.  grapefruitjackolanterns5

    Fill it with Fall Harvest Salad (adapted from here):

    3 large apples (at least one granny smith)
    2 medium oranges
    2 large lemons, juiced
    1 cup of grapefruit chunks
    1 tsp cinnamon
    1 Tbsp maple syrup
    1 Tbsp honey
    1/2 – 3/4 cup pistachios
    1  Tbsp craisins
    2 Tbsp golden raisins


    1. ayna said… October 31, 2013 1:07 am
    2. Erin W said… October 29, 2013 5:21 pm

      This is such a cute idea! I love it!

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    4. Nina said… October 28, 2013 8:01 pm

      I LOVE THIS IDEA!! It’s perfect for preschool and under. Thank you for sharing this!

    5. Carol Harrison said… October 28, 2013 6:09 am

      Leave it to Jan to find fun, healthy, easy & kid friendly ideas.

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    7. Tania said… October 25, 2013 8:33 pm

      These are so cute and healthy too. Great idea!


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    10. Tan of Squirrelly Minds said… October 24, 2013 5:32 pm

      Oh my goodness how cute is this!? (very)

    11. Christine said… October 24, 2013 4:17 pm

      So cute and yummy looking salad!

    12. Maddy said… October 24, 2013 9:22 am

      This is SUCH a cute idea! I’m definitely going to make some of these as decorations for a pumpkin carving party this weekend. Thanks so much for sharing!

      • Stacey said… October 24, 2013 9:42 am

        I agree, these are sooo cute! And Maddy, great idea to have as a snack at a pumpkin carving party. So fun!

    13. olivia said… October 24, 2013 9:21 am

      How adorable are these! And that salad looks delicious as well, i have to try to it now

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