Winter Fruit Salad

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Delicious Winter Fruit Salad with in-season fruits such as clementines, pomegranate arils, apples, kiwis and pear is tossed in a simple lemon-poppy seed dressing.

Pair this winter fruit salad with some cold-weather comfort foods such as this Crockpot Roast, this Shepherd’s Pie, or this Chicken Tortilla Soup.

 

Overhead image of Winter Fruit Salad, compartmentalized, showing all the components.

Winter Fruit Salad

Fruit salads aren’t often made when there’s snow and freezing temperatures outside, but Winter Fruit Salad might just become your new go-to! It’s light, delicious and made from the in-season fruits available during the winter months. Plus it’s so easy to make and it really feels great getting some fruit, despite cold temperatures.

In the winter it’s a struggle to find good fruits for my kids to eat, so I’m very excited about this winter fruit salad; they can’t get enough of it. We’ve made it almost every night this week!

Process shots-- images of the pomegranates, kiwis, and apples up close.

The fruits

  • Clementines. We like using “Cuties”® oranges in Winter Fruit Salad. Clementines are a hybrid of mandarin and sweet oranges. They’re small and easy to peel, usually seedless, and sweeter than most other citrus fruits.
  • Apples. Any variety of apple works here. We like either Honeycrisp or Fuji best (or one of each!) For a more tart flavor, use a Granny Smith.
  • Pomegranate arils. Cut and deseed a pomegranate or use already seeded pomegranate arils! These arils are typically sold in small plastic cups in the refrigerated produce section or freshly cut fruit section of most grocery stores. They can sometimes be tricky to find and are usually only sold in the US from October to February.
  • Pear. Again, any variety of pear will work; we typically use a Bartlett pear in Winter Fruit Salad. 
  • Kiwi. Either green or golden kiwi work (differences here!) To tell if a kiwi is ripe, gently press on the fruit and it will yield to slight pressure without being too soft.

QUICK TIP

Pears are one of the few fruits that don’t ripen on the tree; once they’re picked, they ripen and sweeten as their sugars develop. Some pears change color when they’re ripe (a Bartlett pear is like a banana — it goes from green to yellow when it’s ready to eat!) To check the ripeness of a pear, gently press the area around the stem of the pear with a gentle squeeze. If it gives a little, it’s ready to go! Another indicator is that wonderful, sweet pear smell. Ripe pears have plenty of it!

Images of all the fruit going on the platter; the dressing being combined in a Mason jar and poured over the salad; all ingredients being tossed together.

Winter Fruit Salad Dressing

The dressing requires just a few ingredients: fresh lemon juice and lemon zest, poppy seeds and honey. Shake it all together in a Mason jar, toss it with the fruit, and you’ll be in heaven!

These simple ingredients really enhance the flavors of the fruit so well and the lemon keeps everything from browning too quickly.

We like to let the fruit sit with this dressing about 15-30 minutes before serving it to allow a chance for the flavors to develop.

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Winter Fruit Salad

4.72 from 7 votes
A delicious Winter Fruit Salad with in-season fruits such as clementines, pomegranate arils, apples, kiwis, and pear is tossed in a simple lemon-poppy seed dressing.
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Winter Fruit Salad

4.72 from 7 votes
A delicious Winter Fruit Salad with in-season fruits such as clementines, pomegranate arils, apples, kiwis, and pear is tossed in a simple lemon-poppy seed dressing.
Course Salad, Side Dish, Vegetarian
Cuisine American
Keyword winter fruit salad
Prep Time 25 minutes
Chilling Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 -6 servings
Calories 258kcal
Author Chelsea
Cost $8.92

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (280g) clementine oranges we like Cuties or Halos (~3-4)
  • 1 large Bartlett pear diced
  • 2 small apples Fuji or Honeycrisp, thinly sliced
  • 5 kiwis peeled, sliced, and halved
  • 3/4 cup (120g) pomegranate arils (See Noe 1)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 and 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • Fresh chopped mint optional

Instructions

  • FRUITS: In a large bowl or salad platter, toss together the peeled and segmented clementines, the diced Bartlett pear, the thinly sliced apples (peel if desired, but we love the peel on), and the peeled, halved, and thinly sliced kiwis.
  • DRESSING: In a Mason jar, add the honey, lemon juice, lemon zest, and poppy seeds. Shake to combine. Pour over the salad and toss gently to combine. Cover and refrigerate for 15-30 minutes.
  • ENJOY: Remove and top with the pomegranate arils and optional fresh (chopped) mint. Serve immediately. Salad is best enjoyed within 1-3 hours of making it; leftovers don't store very well.
  • LEFTOVERS: Any leftovers are delicious blended up in a smoothie the next morning.

Recipe Notes

Note 1: Cut and deseed a pomegranate or use already seeded pomegranate arils! These arils are typically sold in small plastic cups in the refrigerated produce section or freshly cut fruit section of most grocery stores. They can sometimes be tricky to find and are usually only sold in the US from October to February.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 820mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 421IU | Vitamin C: 183mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Looks beautiful and I’m thinking it would be great on Christmas morning! Do you think fresh oranges or clementines would work okay?

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