Wednesday, December 26

Eat Christmas Fruit Salad, the Anti-Cookie Post

While the judges are eat--, I mean judging the cookies, I thought you'd like this light, refreshing fruit salad. I figure if I eat just this and drinks lots of water for the next four days, I might come close to evening out the number of cookie calories I've consumed over the last couple of weeks.

Though summer fruits typically get all the glory, many of winter's fruits are jewels. This simple salad combines some of the most colorful, flavorful, and antioxidant-rich wintertime fruits available. Feel free to substitute as you prefer: pears, pineapple, and bananas are always good too. The simple yet zippy citrus-honey glaze balances the sweetness of the fruit, while the mint and cinnamon add some spiciness. It's dressy enough for a special breakfast or brunch yet simple enough that Jeff and I have it regularly as a post-workout complex-carb boost.

Winter Jewel Fruit Salad with Honey-Citrus Glaze
Serves 4
Print recipe only here.

1 navel orange, peeled, sectioned, and chopped
1 Braeburn or Fuji apple, unpeeled and chopped
1 Fuyu persimmon, cut into wedges
1 mango, peeled and diced
2 kiwis, peeled and sliced
the seeds of 1/2 large pomegranate

1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp clover honey

1/8 tsp ground cinnamon, or more if you prefer
5-6 fresh mint leaves, chiffonade

Combine the fruit in a medium size bowl. Whisk the lemon juice and honey in a small bowl and pour over fruit. Toss gently until well combined.

Just prior to serving, dust with ground cinnamon and garnish with mint.

You might also like:
Persimmon and Pomegranate Salsa
Roasted Rainbow Carrots
Sicilian Salad of Fennel, Oranges, and Olives
Fiery Shrimp with Avocado-Pomegranate-Tangerine Salsa over Soft Polenta

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sra said...

Happy Holidays, Susan!

Chris said...

This looks so refreshing! Yum!

Karyn said...

I enjoyed my nog and cookies, but I'm looking forward to January 2nd, when I can start posting "New Years Resolution"-style salads and other light, healthy dishes!

Glad to see this beautiful salad!

Karina said...

Jewels, indeed! Absolutely gorgeous. Who needs cookies? ;)

Anonymous said...

I am so swearing off sugar for awhile. Your salad is beautiful.


Dana said...

I love the addition of mint in the glaze - so refreshing. Hope you had a lovely holiday!

Claire said...

This looks DELICIOUS!!! It's just the kind of thing I like...would be a wonderful breakfast item.

Suzana said...

Susan, that's so refreshing - even just to see!! I definitely need some time to recover from Christmas' foods. This salad is perfect!

Hope you had a nice Christmas. :)

Rachael said...

Hehe, I giggled as soon as I opened up the page. It feels like detox time for me too! Here's the only problem - we have a fridge stuffed full of holiday dining leftovers and I just can't bring myself to waste it... no... more... mac... and cheese...

: ) Happy Holidays!

Ms. Glaze said...

Love the fuyu addition especially with the pomegranite seeds! I just can't get enough of those crunchy persimmons in the winter. The other mushy one's I can do without ;-)

Anonymous said...

Today I was on the hunt for a non-cookie, non-chocolate alternative solution for my sweet craving. I think this will be perfect. I'm serving it with my fish entree tomorrow night as we're also a little over-tired of heavy meat dishes at my house just now.

bird's eye view said...

That does look jewel-like. Interestingly, here in India, winter is the season for great veggies but the fruit - not so much. Summer is when the fruit get going - lychees, plums, peaches, mangoes, papayas, jackfruit...

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Sra-Happy holidays to you as well!

Chris-It really is.

Karyn-I'll look forward to your salads.

Karina-It's a lot cheaper than a necklace too. ;)

Ann-Me too!

Dana-I adore mint. Happy holidays to you too!

Claire-Thanks so much!

Suzana-It's definitely good recovery food.

Rachael- No...More... Cookies...;)

MsGlaze-I prefer the crunchy ones too.

Everdayfoodie-Oh, I'm so pleased you found this salad then. Enjoy!

Bird's eye view-Your summer fruits sound sensational.

Terry B said...

On top of all the other sweets that invade our house this time of year, Marion is now baking what promises to be a delicious carrot cake, complete with a cream cheese-based frosting. We're going to be needing this salad, I think.

Hope you're having an amazing holiday time, Susan. Thanks for so much wonderful food and so many fabulous stories.

Linda said...

seriously we all need to detox from the sugar! my migraines even came back because of it. thus, i've been eating steamed veggies for every meal the last two days.

T.W. Barritt said...

Yes, it is now time to go light ... maybe. This salad just sparkles on the screen! Hope your celebrations have been excellent! Happy New Year, Susan!

Melody Polakow said...

Absolutely lovely! Sometimes the simple things are the best.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

I'm sure you are right Susan. That is a jewel of a fruit salad!

Mansi Desai said...

very nice...just what you need after all that christmas hogging, huh?!

btw, thanks so much for your effort on assimilating 212 cookie recipes and posting them here girl! this page is surely going into my bookmarks!

Nan said...

So glad to read about something that isn't cookies! I've been eating sugar for the past week and am getting that craving for veggies. Happy holidays!

Sarah said...

Yummy!! I have way too much leftover fruit from Christmas... yay for a new recipe!! Happy holidays!

Lydia said...

I feel lighter just looking at this photo! You're lucky to live in a place where winter fruits are local and fresh. Happy holidays, Susan.

Bradley said...

Looks like a perfect New year's Day salad. I assume you will be watching the Pats tomorrow night? In New England they will be on 5 channels, pretty crazy.

Happy Holidays-

christine (myplateoryours) said...

I've been avoiding cookies like the plague this holiday season, but boy, this salad looks refreshing and fabulous. Hope you are having a great holiday week!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Terry-Marion's cake sounds delicious. Happy New Year to you both!

Linda-Sorry to hear about the migraines. Get well soon.

TW-Happy New Year to you as well--hope it's special!

Melody-I agree.

Tanna-I just love the jeweled colors of the fruit.

Mansi-That's sweet of you to say.

Nan-A craving for vegetables? Hooray!

Sarah-Yay! I'm so glad you like it.

Lydia-We are lucky.

Bradley-I wouldn't miss it!

Christine-This is a salad you can get really close to.

Kelly @ Love Well said...

That is absolutely beautiful, Susan. It's prettier than any sugared Christmas cookie. (And like many of the previous posters have said, it sounds more tempting at this point as well.)

I made an Israeli fruits salad for our Christmas dinner made up of grapefruit and orange sections with avocado slices and pomegranate seeds. It was divine. I could eat a pomegranate every day when they are in season.

Holler said...

What a gorgeous fruit salad! The colours are so vibrant!

Anonymous said...

ahh! That IS a refreshing change, Susan!Happy New Year to you and yours :)

sugarlaws said...

looks SO delicious -- i like the addition of ground cinnamon!

Nemmie said...

Happy Holidays Susan! This looks great, and given the New Years resolutions to be made at our home, perfect for dessert in the coming week :)

Sig said...

WOW! What a colorful salad... You really need this after all those yummy cookies, huh? :)
Susan, wish you and Jeff a wonderful 2008, filled with fun and joy and great food...

Ellie @ Kitchen Wench said...

What a beautifully colourful and tasty looking dish! I'm a huge fan of fruit salads but usually have them plain or with a little brown sugar sprinkled on top, will have to try this lemon/honey glaze of yours!

Tracy said...

What a gorgeous salad. I especially like the dots of pomegranates, which I don't think I've ever used in a fruit salad before. I'll have to try this one. Happy new year!

Coffee & Vanilla said...


Very nice and light recipe... I was thinking even today of making some fruit salad but all my pears and apples were too rubbery... :)

BaL said...

Funny me! I thought that persimmon was just a product of east lol...

Mum is an addict of persimmon on season! I will prepare this salad for her before she eats the last two persimmons lying at the side of the window to get 'matured' :))

musiklvr said...

this recipe is perfect for my guilt.

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perfect for recipes on the go.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

What a glorious salad! The pomegranate seeds take it over the top. A perfect antidote to cookie overdose.

aria said...

at first glance i thought that said a winter jew fruit! which i certainly resemble!

;loks delicious happy new yr

Kristen said...

This is just what is needed after all the sweets this holiday. Thanks!

Happy cook said...

I coudn't resist to come and check the cookies event even though i am on a break.
So many entries. Isn't it wonderful.
The salad looks so colourful.
Happy Holidays

Anonymous said...

Waou...What a sexy fruit salad!
Looks luscious and delicious! :-)

katiez said...

Just the antidote we need. And we have tons of kiwi fruit from our vines. I can finish off with a bit of dark chocolate, right? RIGHT?

Gattina said...

I'm quite amazed by seeing a large range of fruits at store in winter, most of them taste sweet too. And love your idea of adding a bit honey and mint leaves... I feel I'm already prettier just by reading your post :):)
Happy New Year!

ejm said...

Great minds think alike, Susan! We are having Orange, Red Onion, Fennel Salad (to go with mushroom ravioli a la Laura Calder of "French Food at Home" on for tonight's New Year's Eve feast.

Happy New Year!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Kelly-Your combination of fruits and avocado sounds refreshingly delicious.

Holler-Oh, thank you!

MaryAnn-I hope your new year is fabulous!

Sugarlaws-It adds just the right amount of spiciness.

Nemmie-It is a lovely dessert.

Sig-I wish the same to you and Siv. Thank you.

Ellie-Hope you like it.

Tracy-They add delightful crunch and tartness.

Margot-Oh, bummer, I hate it when that happens.

Bal-How sweet of you-- I hope your mum enjoys it.

musiclvr-No guilt here.

Cookiebaker Lynn-They do take it over the top with color and taste!

Aria-Happy New Year to you as well!

Kristen-You're welcome!

Happy Cook-I was thrilled with the beautiful submissions.

Zen Chef-"sexy fruit salad," huh? I think those ruby red pom seeds give it that ooh-la-la touch.

Katiez-You have kiwi in your yard?! Oh, my! And, yes, you can finish it off with chocolate; just make sure it's the antioxidant-rich dark kind. ;)

Gattina-I'm glad you have a nice selection of fresh fruits as well. May the new year bring you much happiness!

EJM-Ooh, I wish I was having dinner at your house tonight. That sounds sensational!

bazu said...

Awwww, gorgeous!

I didn't quite get around to inventing a holiday cookie recipe, but I have been eating my weight in fruit lately- I love southern California produce!

happy new year, Susan.

Johanna said...

this looks delicious - I am always so excited by fruit salad without melon - and I particularly like the look of the pomegranate seeds - this one fruit I need to find in the new year!

Nora B. said...

That looks so pretty, Susan. Jewel is a good word to use, especially with the pomegranate. I've never used a glaze on my fruit salad before, so thanks for this suggestion.

Happy New Year!


BaL said...

Too late lol

While I was writing here mum ate the persimmons. But I will do this soon! :D