Winter Fruit Salad

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A delicious winter fruit salad with a simple (and healthy) lemon poppyseed dressing

Pair this winter fruit salad with some cold weather comfort foods such as this crock pot roast, this shepherd’s pie recipe, or this chicken tortilla soup.

The best winter fruit salad with a simple (and healthy) lemon poppyseed dressing

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

Something I always struggle with in the winter is finding good fruits for my kids to eat, so I’m very excited about this winter fruit salad because they can’t get enough of it. We’ve made it almost every night this week!

I use canned mandarin oranges because those are my kids absolute FAVORITE, but mandarins are in season and also work great in this salad! Next we add some apples, a pear, and some kiwi.

And finally we add POM POMS pomegranate arils which give this salad a holiday and wintry vibe. When it’s pomegranate season (Oct-Jan) and POM POMS are available nationwide, I’ve got to take advantage 🙂

A few weeks ago I shared an amazing wild rice salad using POM POMS pomegranate arils and I’ve loved seeing so many of your recreations of it! Today I’m partnering up again with POM Wonderful to share this winter fruit salad and a few fun facts about pomegranate arils.

POM Wonderful makes POM POMS which are a convenient package of ready-to-eat pomegranate arils straight from their California orchards. Pomegranate arils have unique antioxidants and fiber AND they make a great healthy snack. POM Wonderful sells 4.3 ounce containers (that are only 100 calories) that make the perfect healthy snack and are perfect for this salad. However, if you’re making this salad for a crowd, you’ll want one of their 8 ounce containers (and double the rest of the ingredients). You can find POM POMS in the freshly cut fruit section (or refrigerated produce section) in most grocery stores.

The dressing is an easy few ingredients: fresh lemon juice and lemon zest, poppyseeds, and honey. Whisk that together and toss it with the fruit and you’ll be in heaven! These few simple ingredients really enhance the flavors of the fruit so well. I like to let the fruit sit with this dressing about thirty minutes before serving it and you’ll be amazed how flavorful the end result is!

And last but not least, a bit of fresh mint adds another dimension of wintery flavors. I hope you love this winter fruit salad as much as me and my family does!

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Winter Fruit Salad

5 from 3 votes
The best winter fruit salad with a simple (and healthy) lemon poppyseed dressing
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Winter Fruit Salad

5 from 3 votes
The best winter fruit salad with a simple (and healthy) lemon poppyseed dressing
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 -6 servings
Calories 171kcal
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

  • 2 cans (15 ounces EACH) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 large Bartlett pear, diced
  • 2 small apples (fuji or gala), thinly sliced
  • 5 kiwis, peeled, sliced, and halved
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 and 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon poppyseeds
  • 1 container (4.3 ounces) POM POMS Pomegranate Fresh Arils
  • Fresh mint, optional

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, toss together the drained mandarin oranges, the diced Bartlett pear, the thinly sliced apples, and the peeled, sliced, and halved kiwis. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, lemon juice, lemon zest, and poppyseeds. Pour over the salad and toss gently. Cover and refrigerated for 30 minutes.
  • Remove and top with the pomegranate arils and fresh (chopped) mint if desired. Serve immediately.
  • Any leftovers are delicious blended up in a smoothie the next morning 🙂

Recipe Notes

Cook time refers to chilling time!

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 171kcal

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11 Comments

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

    1. You can make it a day in advance if you store the dressing separate from the fruit. (Toss the two together right before eating) Enjoy!

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