This Christmas Fruit salad is the perfect combination of red and green fruits, and is perfect for a Christmas dinner or holiday party!
When we’re having a dinner with friends or family, one of my favorite things to make is a fruit salad. Whether we’re hosting, or going to someone else’s house and just bringing a side dish, a fresh fruit salad is always a good idea!
This Christmas Fruit salad is one of my new favorites to make in the winter because it’s packed full of a delicious mix of flavors and textures with the different fruits.
I use a mix of my favorite red and green fruits to make this Christmas fruit salad, which come together to be the perfect mix of red and green, perfect for a holiday dinner or party.
For my fruit salad I used red raspberries, red strawberries, and red pomegranate arils. For the green fruit I used green grapes, green kiwis, and green apple.
I like focusing the salad on some of my favorite fruit options that are available this time of year. And the red and green colors of this salad make it extra fun for Christmas dinner, holiday parties or other special occasions.
Other fruit options:
- red apples
- red grapes
- maraschino cherries
The fruits all come together so perfectly. And you can either squeeze a little lemon juice or lime juice on top to keep the apples from going brown. Or serve the fruit salad with a yummy honey poppyseed dressing.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can this Christmas Fruit Salad be made in advanced?
The fruit salad is best made shortly before eating, because the pomegranate seeds have such a strong color they tend to turn some of the other fruits a little red if you make the fruit salad ahead of time.
The poppyseed dressing especially helps turn the fruits into a red color, so if you do need to make this winter fruit salad a couple hours early I recommend making the dressing, and making the fruit salad, but not putting the dressing on top of the salad until you are ready to serve it.
Or another option is chopping and preparing all the fruits without mixing them together until you’re ready to serve it all.
This fruit salad comes together super quickly. And to make it even quicker you can buy a cup of pomegranate arils already de-seeded since that might be the most time consuming part.
The rest of the fruit salad only takes a few minutes to peel your kiwi, slice up your apples and strawberries, and toss them all in a bowl.
What fruit is good for Christmas?
December is a great month for winter fruits. Some December favorites are kiwi, oranges, lemons, clementines, persimmons, apples, pears, grapefruits. Late fall fruits are still available too like cranberries, and pomegranates.
How do you keep fruit salad from getting soggy?
Because this fruit salad is coated in a sweet dressing it is best to not dress the salad until you are ready to serve it. Prepare the fruit and place it in individual bowls or bags up to 1 day ahead of time, and prepare the dressing up to 2 days ahead of time. Then combine them all in one large bowl when you’re ready to serve.
Make sure to coat any apples in citrus juice such as lemon, orange, or pineapple juice if you’re slicing the apples in advanced.
If you do have any leftover fruit salad store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days to help keep the fruit fresher for longer.
This delicious and beautiful Christmas fruit salad is the perfect side dish to take to a Christmas dinner, or other holiday dinner, or it would be great for a holiday party too.
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Christmas Fruit Salad
- 2 cups green grapes
- 4 kiwi peeled, and sliced
- 2 apples sliced, and de-seeded
- 2 cups raspberries
- 2 cups sliced strawberries
- 1 cup pomegranate arils (1 pomegranate, seeded)
For the Honey Poppyseed Dressing:
- 2 TBS honey
- 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
- 1 tsp poppyseeds
- Carefully combine all your fruit in a large bowl. Careful so as not to squish any of the fruit.
- Stir together the honey, orange juice, and poppy seeds in a small bowl.
- When ready to serve, pour dressing over the top of the fruit and carefully mix together.
- If not serving the salad immediately, cover fruit and dressing bowls and place in the fridge for up for 6 hours before serving.