I’m sharing 10 Christmas fruit salad recipes that will add fresh flavor and nutrition to your holiday meals.
My mom always has fruit salad for the holidays!
My mom also used to make us Orange Crush Smoothies with ice for a casual dinner night – I guess she has a thing for fruit 🙂
It’s the time of year for cinnamon rolls, cookies galore, casseroles, and comfort food.
But, in my opinion, a sweet sticky bun or mom’s cream cheese frozen cinnamon roll pairs better with a side of fresh fruit.
Fruit salads are an easy way to get healthy fruit on the table as a side dish for most any holiday meal, whether it’s a special brunch, a hearty meal, or a fancy feast.
And may I add that there are no more kid friendly dishes out there!
I find that simple fruit salads, where the tart flavors shine through, really help balance out all the other rich and heavy dishes that are usually part of holiday spreads. Plus, they’re usually easy to make and are great as leftovers for breakfast in the morning!
Winter fruits are in season
- An apple
Fruit salad tips
- When making a fruit salad for Christmas, I recommend using some seasonal produce. You’ll notice that the grocery store (or farmers market) has different fruits come fall and winter. If you’re shopping on sale, chances are you’re shopping for the season’s best fruit.
- I also suggest using only fresh fruit and saving frozen fruit (healthy too!) for savory pancakes and tarts…and of course, oatmeal and smoothies.
- Use a glass fruit salad serving bowl to add vibrant color to your table!
- Seasoning the fruit with lemon juice or lime juice will help oxidize the fruit (turn it brown).
I’m sharing a roundup of fruit salad recipes to make this holiday season (with red and green fruit, obviously!). I’ve included some nutritional information, too, because fruit is as nutritious as it is refreshing.
10 fruit salad recipes for Christmas
Fruit salad with citrus and kiwi is a great way to eat fresh fruit during the cooler months. The poppy seed sauce is just perfectly sweet. It’s a healthy addition to any holiday table.
- kiwi: Did you know that the kiwi skin is edible and pungent despite the fuzzy cap!? I stopped peeling the kiwi when I found out. Teach your children to eat it from the start.
This festive fruit salad is packed with green apples, pears, persimmons, and pomegranate seeds, all tossed in a spiced syrup.
- persimmon: Persimmon is rich in soluble dietary fiber, which slows down the digestion of carbohydrates, and prevents blood sugar spikes.
This rainbow fruit salad has a delicious honey-lime dressing! It’s an incredibly refreshing side dish, and it’s a must-have made with a lovely blend of delicious fruits and a simple dressing to complement it. Always make sure to be a crowd favorite!
- Grapes: Grapes, grape juice, and wine (yes!) contain antioxidants that help your cardiovascular system. These antioxidants, called flavonoids or polyphenols, can relax blood vessels and reduce inflammation. It also reduces the clotting function of platelets in the same way that aspirin does. (Wednesday)
This easy fruit salad (no red apples here if that’s not your favorite) is made with just a few simple seasonal ingredients, is naturally vegan and gluten-free, looks beautiful on the table, and tastes wonderfully sweet and savory!
- pear: Pears are a low glycemic index food, mostly due to their high fiber content. A small pear contains about 7 grams of it. That’s up to 20% of the fiber you need each day!
This fruit salad is a kaleidoscope of colour! Juicy pomegranates, sweet berries, and crunchy walnuts are just a few of the goodies packed into this fruit salad recipe. A light and refreshing lemon-honey vinaigrette dressing complements all the sweet flavors in this healthy fruit salad.
pomegranate: Pomegranate can contain up to three times more antioxidants than green tea or red wine.
This beautifully layered fruit salad is incredibly festive with its red fruits! It features holiday favorites like pomegranate, dried cranberries, and pistachios, along with apples and grapes, plus a delicious, crunchy dressing. This looks very pretty in a frivolous glass bowl.
An elegant fruit salad with seasonal fruits like clementines, pomegranate, apple, kiwi and pear, tossed in a simple lemon poppy seed dressing. It is sure to impress your guests!
Do you have a favorite fruit salad recipe?
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