Perfect for a potluck or party, this winter fruit salad is full of flavor. Made with pomegranate seeds, grapes, kiwi, apples, and a delicious honey lime dressing.Jump to Recipe
While this salad makes about 12, one cup servings, each cup has approximately 103 calories, 1 gram protein, 25 grams carbs, and 1 gram of fat.
With modern advancements in transporting produce, It’s been easier to get fruit all year long. (get my list of fruit with their calories and carbs here.) However, unless fruit is in season locally, the taste, flavor and freshness can not compare!
So, when it’s winter time in the United states, and you want a fruit salad, here’s some seasonal fruit that will make a delicious side dish for any potluck or party!
In fact, I am always the one to bring a green salad or a fruit salad to a potluck or party. That way, I know there will be something healthy to eat when I get there. I also like to have a ballpark of calories and macros per serving so I can at least approximate how much I’m eating. This way, I never miss a social event, even when I’m in bikini prep! (which full disclosure, I decided to do another bodybuilding show in March 2022! I just REALLY like having a goal like that!)
Winter fruit in season in North America
The first 5 fruits is what I used for this fruit salad, but you can use any winter fruit that’s in season, and it will taste great. In fact, that’s what’s so amazing about fruit salad, is that you can’t go wrong with any combination of fruit, in any amount!
Fruit in this salad
- Pomegranate seeds – You can buy pomegranate seeds in a container ready to go these days. In fact, I got 4 containers for about $10 at Costco, and only used 2 of them in this salad. If you’ve ever tried de-seeding a pomegranate, it’s a messy job, so buying it this way was awesome.
- Kiwi – Kiwi is awesome because it’s a great source of Vitamin C. In fact, there is 230% of your daily need for vitamin C in 1 kiwi. Vitamin C is great for the winter to keep your immune system strong.
- Apples – more of a fall fruit, but very easy to get all winter, the apple is a good source of fiber, with 4 grams per apple. (source)
- Grapes-While technically, grapes aren’t a winter fruit, they were a perfect addition to this fruit salad! Although they are sweet, grapes actually have are low on the glycemic index, which means they won’t raise your blood sugar the way other fruits can. (source)
- Oranges – I used mandarin oranges for this salad, but all oranges would work and are in season. One thing I didn’t know is oranges helps your body make collagen! (source) That’s a HUGE benefit, especially if you are spending money on collagen supplements.
Other winter fruit
Other winter fruit I didn’t put in this fruit salad include:
- Bananas– I love bananas. I eat them every day. But bringing a fruit salad to a party with bananas made me a little nervous both they would look bad when they arrived (mushy and brown). It might have been ok, but I didn’t want to risk it.
- Grapefruit– like oranges, this citrus fruit is a winter favorite in North America. And so low in calories!
- Cranberries– you can add dried cranberries to winter fruit salad, and they are usually sweet enough to blend well with this salad. Fresh cranberries aren’t usually very popular, and I’d probably avoid them in a salad like this.
- Pineapple– This is the one fruit I regret not adding. I would definitely include pineapple next time. Everyone loves pineapple.
- Pears– and finally pears! Don’t you just love a delicious Christmas box full of pears. My grandma used to send us a Harry And David box for Christmas, and it was the best!
So, those are my favorite winter fruits to include in your fruit salad this season! Tag me on Instagram with your fruit salads! I’d love to see what you bring to your next potluck!
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Delicious Winter Fruit Salad
- 2 cups apples sliced
- 2 cups red grapes
- 15 ounce can mandarin oranges
- 2 cups pomegranate seeds
- 4 small kiwi fruit
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 4 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 teaspoon poppyseeds
- Cut all fruit and toss in a bowl.
- Combine honey, lime juice and poppyseeds in a small bowl and whisk together. Pour over fruit and toss to coat.
- Store in fridge until ready to serve.
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