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One French word: pamplemousse, a French recipe: salade de pamplemousse au concombre

Pamplemousse, masculine noun (un pamplemousse, le pamplemousse, des pamplemousses) = grapefruit (pronounced paan-pler-moosse)

BUT mousse by itself is a feminine noun (une mousse, la mousse, les mousses) = froth, or a mousse (as in chocolate mousse for example), or moss, or slang for a beer.

My recipe for today is for salade de pamplemousse au concombre.

Salade pamplemousse concombre

For 4 people, you will need:

  • 2 grapefruits
  • 1/3 cucumber
  • 4 cherry tomatoes
  • a fresh red chili if you like it
  • a few lettuce leaves
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 tsp nuoc mam (Vietnamese fish sauce)
  • 2 tsp oriental sesame oil
  • the juice of a lime
  • salt and pepper


Halve the grapefruits and, with a grapefruit knife, remove the segments into bowl. Keep any grapefruit juice for another use.

Wash the cucumber and cut into 1cm slices, and each slice into six triangular pieces with the peel. Add to the grapefruit segments.

Cut each cherry tomato into four pieces. Add to the grapefruit.

Make the dressing: in another bowl combine the honey, nuoc mam, sesame oil, lime juice, salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over the grapefruit, cucumber and tomato and mix well. Chill for at least 30 minutes before serving, stirring occasionally to blend the flavours.

Place washed and dried lettuce leaves on individual serving plates. Spoon the mixture on top of the lettuce carefully, heaping it up, and only adding about a teaspoon of liquid. You don’t want the plate swimming in dressing. Finely slice the chili on top if you are using it.

This is in fact a Vietnamese inspired dish. But since Vietnam was at one time a French colony, I am allowing myself to include Vietnamese dishes among my French recipes. Their food is so delicate, inventive and full of flavour that I can’t resist it!

Cucumber and grapefruit salad

Bon appétit.


About OneFrenchWord

I was a professional linguist and have been a life-long foodie. I am now lucky enough to be retired and free to roam the beaches around my home at the tip of the Finistère (Brittany, France). Writing is occupying a larger place in my life, with this blog and a children's book in preparation. I shall feel much happier calling myself a writer when I have published a book. And so posts on OneFrenchWord will be published first as an e-book, my ambition being to see a glossy volume on French language and cuisine in print some day. So keep reading, and snap up the book when it appears!

7 responses »

  1. This recipe sounds wonderful, I will try it this week! Grapefruit, chilli, sesame oil, fish sauce, some of my favourite foods xoxoxo

  2. marshmallowfluffxo

    I love grapefruit. this looks really interesting!

  3. We used to eat a pink grapefruit for breakfast every morning but the quality was so variable that they were sometimes mouth-puckeringly sharp, so we graduated to the juice instead. This sounds like a nice, healthy summer starter which I will definitely add to my repertoire. Thanks to you it’s extending by the day.

    But, hang on, where have you been? I thought this was a word a day. Hope all’s well.

  4. I cannot wait for you to come back from your “Culinary Workshop” to delight us with more recipes!!!


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