Winter fruit salad is refreshing and loaded with the best fruits of winter. The lemon-lime-honey syrup is lip-smacking good! You'll be running for refills! | natashaskitchen.com

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This winter fruit salad is wonderfully refreshing and loaded with all the best fruits of Autumn and Winter. It is perfect for parties because the citrus prevents browning (crisp and pretty even after 4-6 hours in the refrigerator).

The “dressing” is lip-smacking good! It’s sweetened with honey so there is no processed sugar here. Everyone will love you for making this, especially now that we are all watching our waistlines in the new year! šŸ˜‰

You’ll definitely get a healthy dose of fruit with this salad and you’ll be running for a refill! The combination of lemon, lime and honey makes the most amazing salad dressing and it draws out the naturally sweet and tangy flavors in each bite. You will want this syrup on all of your fruit salads!

Winter Fruit Salad Ingredients:

1 pound (5 count) Clementine oranges, peeled and separated into segments
2 pears, cored and sliced
2 apples, cored and sliced
1 large pomegranate, seeded (1 to 1 1/2 cups arils or seeds)**
4 kiwis, peeled and slicedj

**Watch How to Seed a Pomegranate

Lemon Lime Syrup:

3 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice, from 1 medium lime
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, from 1 medium lemon

Winter fruit salad is refreshing and loaded with the best fruits of winter. The lemon-lime-honey syrup is lip-smacking good! You'll be running for refills! Our Favorite Winter Fruit Salad!

On Substitutions: You can add banana if you like – it is an inexpensive way to bulk up the salad for a larger crowd. The color and flavor of mango would be a nice add-in here as well.

How to Make Winter Fruit Salad:

1. In a large mixing bowl combine all of the prepared fruit – 5 segmented clementines, 2 sliced pears, 2 sliced apples, pomegranate seeds, and 4 sliced kiwis.

Winter fruit salad is refreshing and loaded with the best fruits of winter. The lemon-lime-honey syrup is lip-smacking good! You'll be running for refills! Our Favorite Winter Fruit Salad!

2. In a measuring cup, stir together 3 Tbsp honey, 2 Tbsp lemon juice and 2 Tbsp lime juice, until honey is dissolved. If your citrus was cold and honey is not dissolving, warm it for 10 seconds in the microwave to dissolve easier.

Two photos of glass jars with dressing

3. Drizzle dressing over salad and toss gently to combine. Serve right away or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 6 hours.

Winter fruit salad is refreshing and loaded with the best fruits of winter. The lemon-lime-honey syrup is lip-smacking good! You'll be running for refills! Our Favorite Winter Fruit Salad!

Winter fruit salad is refreshing and loaded with the best fruits of winter. The lemon-lime-honey syrup is lip-smacking good! You'll be running for refills! | natashaskitchen.com

My husband and I wolfed this down one evening after dinner. It was so satisfying and satisfied the craving for something sweet after dinner with zero guilt. Enjoy this my friends!

Natasha's Kitchen Cookbook

Winter Fruit Salad Recipe

5 from 168 votes
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
This winter fruit salad is wonderfully refreshing and loaded with all the best fruits of Autumn and Winter. It is perfect for parties because it stays crisp and pretty even after 4-6 hours in the refrigerator. The "dressing" is sweetened with honey so there is no processed sugar here.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 6 as a side salad

Winter Fruit Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 lb 5 count Clementine oranges, peeled and separated into segments
  • 2 pears, cored and sliced
  • 2 apples, cored and sliced
  • 1 large pomegranate, to get 1 to 1 1/2 cups arils or seeds
  • 4 kiwis, peeled and sliced

Lemon Lime Syrup:

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl combine all prepared fruit - 5 segmented clementines, 2 sliced pears, 2 sliced apples, pomegranate seeds, and 4 sliced kiwis.
  • In a measuring cup, combine: 3 Tbsp honey, 2 Tbsp lemon juice and 2 Tbsp lime juice, until honey is dissolved. If honey is not dissolving easily, warm for 10 seconds in microwave.
  • Drizzle dressing over salad and toss gently to combine. Serve right away or cover and refrigerate if not serving right away.

Notes

On Substitutions: Adding banana is an inexpensive way to bulk up the salad for a larger crowd. The color and flavor of mango would be a nice add-in here as well.

Nutrition Per Serving

211kcal Calories53g Carbs2g Protein1g Fat5mg Sodium567mg Potassium8g Fiber39g Sugar100IU Vitamin A106.7mg Vitamin C57mg Calcium0.7mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Winter Fruit Salad Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
211
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Sodium
 
5
mg
0
%
Potassium
 
567
mg
16
%
Carbohydrates
 
53
g
18
%
Fiber
 
8
g
33
%
Sugar
 
39
g
43
%
Protein
 
2
g
4
%
Vitamin A
 
100
IU
2
%
Vitamin C
 
106.7
mg
129
%
Calcium
 
57
mg
6
%
Iron
 
0.7
mg
4
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Winter Fruit Salad
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 211

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Winter fruit salad is refreshing and loaded with the best fruits of winter. The lemon-lime-honey syrup is lip-smacking good! You'll be running for refills! Our Favorite Winter Fruit Salad!

I hope your New Year’s resolutions are off to a great start! Q: Do you have any health or diet goals for the New Year? Let me know in a comment below! I’m over here getting excited about bone broth like a big nerd (more on that soon!).

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  • Pam
    January 18, 2024

    I made this except for the pomegranate arils. I know a lot of people wouldn’t like the seedy bits so I used drained maraschino cherries instead to make it festive for Christmas. Worked great. I do suggest if you make it ahead, to cut up everything and keep in separate containers just until you are leaving home or, if at home, just before serving. The fruits will release a good amount of juice making the salad a bit more liquid than I liked for appearances at the party. Doesn’t matter if just making for yourself at home šŸ™‚

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 18, 2024

      Hi Pam! Thank you for sharing that with us.

      Reply

  • Susan McEowen
    December 23, 2023

    Thank you for this recipe. I was invited to my Russian neighbor’s dinner party and she asked that I bring “some fruit.” This salad is beautiful as well as delicious and was a big hit. I used agave instead of honey. But Natasha!! No WAY is this a 15 minute recipe. Just cutting up all the fruit and removing the pomegranate seeds took about an hour!

    Reply

  • Jenny
    December 20, 2023

    This looks yummy! Could I substitute canned mandarin oranges? I want to cut back in work on Christmas Day šŸ˜Š
    Thank you!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 20, 2023

      Hi Jenny. You can, but the texture is not quite the same (they fall apart) and they are sweeter so you may need to make some adjustments.

      Reply

  • Maxine
    December 10, 2023

    I brought this fruit dessert salad to a dinner party and received rave reviews. People were impressed by the beautiful presentation and liked the light lemon/lime syrup.
    The recipe was a good size for a dessert for a party of twelve. It was one of three desserts presented ( the others were cake and a fruit crisp). There were leftovers and people eagerly took them home as the group appreciates healthful food.
    Some of the syrup spilled in transport in a shopping bag in my car. I think the article photo shows a bowl, which might be a good choice for transporting. The fruit looked very pretty in my 10ā€x10ā€ plate with raised edges, a good choice if I were making this to serve at home. Another possibility to avoid spills if you are transporting might be to prepare a similar 10ā€x10ā€ plate, squeeze a little lemon juice onto the apples and pears to prevent discoloration. transport the plate, then pour the syrup once arrived at your destination. It all depends on what bowl or plate you have available.

    I expect to make this recipe many times again.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 10, 2023

      Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Alina
    December 9, 2023

    I have had this salad at multiple different occasions and loved it. Decided to make it for a Christmas party that I hosted this past week. It does not do well when you make it a day earlier. The juices let out and ended up being a bowl of fruit and juice which did not look appetizing. So if anyone wants to make this in advance like a day early, don’t because I didn’t have a good experience. I did find a way to still use the leftovers. Just put everything in a blender the fruit including the juice and some coconut water and my family drank it all up. šŸ™‚ Granted there will be seeds from the pomegranate but that didn’t bother us. Happy it worked out in the end.

    Reply

  • Denise
    November 21, 2022

    I wanted to make this for Thanksgiving but wondered if I could use something in replace of the honey. We have a vegan attending Thanksgiving and would like to accommodate her.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 21, 2022

      Hi Denise. I have not tested an alternative but I would think you could use agave, maple syrup, or something similar. Let us know how it turns out if you experiment.

      Reply

    • Janice
      November 30, 2022

      Do you think it would work to add raspberries and blackberries?

      Reply

      • Natashas Kitchen
        November 30, 2022

        Hi Janice, I bet that could work! fruit salads are pretty versatile!

        Reply

  • Ricka
    November 16, 2022

    Made this last year to take to family dinner for Thanksgiving. Everyone loved it and it is a beautiful dish on the table.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 16, 2022

      Happy to hear that, Ricka! Thanks for sharing that with us.

      Reply

  • Gretchen
    November 9, 2022

    Hi Natasha,
    What type of pears do you recommend for this salad?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 9, 2022

      Hi Gretchen! Iā€™m sure any pear would be great. Bartletts seem to be the most common and easy to find.

      Reply

  • Alice
    October 19, 2022

    Hi Natasha. This looks delicious. Can this be made a day ahead of serving it? Iā€™d like to make it ahead of time and serve it to company in the morning.
    Thanks!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      October 19, 2022

      Hi Alice! It is perfect for parties or making it ahead because the citrus prevents browning (crisp and pretty even after 4-6 hours in the refrigerator).

      Reply

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