Our 6 Favorite Festive Fruit Salad Recipes

Brighten up your brunch or holiday dinner with a medley of fresh fruit, like our Festive Fruit Salad featuring a sweet assortment of the season’s best produce. Family and friends rave about this simple side dish, that comes together in minutes and is dressed for the special occasion in lightly sweet-tangy  Poppyseed Dressing from Litehouse.

Fresh fruit for Festive Fruit Salad prep

While the summer’s best berries and melons may have disappeared from the market, there are still plenty of colorful, delicious fruits in season to create a winter fruit salad. Farm-fresh produce picks in the late fall and winter include apples, pears, pomegranates, and citrus fruits, which are all included in this Festive Fruit Salad – along with bananas, red grapes and kiwi which are typically found year-round as imports from warmer climates.

Preparation is easy-peasy, and children of nearly every age can help – preschoolers can pick grapes off the bunch and remove peel from Clementines with their little fingers while pre-teens comfortable using a knife can pare and slice up the apples, pears and kiwi. For convenience and less mess-making, I prefer to use pomegranate arils from a tub rather than extracting them from the fruit itself.

Mason jar full of Festive Fruit Salad

This Festive Fruit Salad can be made an hour or two before serving time; simply store it pre-dressed (to prevent apples, pears and bananas from turning brown) and covered in the refrigerator. For causal events, or to take “to-go,” it’s fun and practical to layer the salad up in a large mason jar.

Our Favorite Seasonal Fruit Salads

Don’t miss these other fruit salads that ring in the season and elevate the everyday!

  • Citrus & Feta Salad with Pomegranate Blueberry Vinaigrette: Bring some zesty zing to the holiday table with this beautiful fruit recipe featuring a sweet, sour and salty symphony of feta cheese with pomelo, grapefruit, oranges, tangerines and limes!
  • Christmas Fig Salad: Deck the buffet and “gift” hungry guests with this holiday salad featuring pear, figs, pomegranate, and creamy Litehouse Simply Artisan Gorgonzola. 
  • Blue Cheese Crumbles and Pear Salad: Whole pears sliced crosswise are layered with blue cheese and pecans before stacking into a tower to resemble a holiday tree!
  • Basil Lime Fruit Kabobs  Popular at summer BBQs, but also so smart for holiday entertaining! Skewered up fruit dressed in a simple syrup made with freeze dried basil lets guests enjoy an appetizer utensil-free while mingling about.
  • Fall Fruit Fennel Salad: Sweet and crisp, this easy fruit salad features the season’s finest apple and pear selections paired with a touch of fresh fennel and Poppy Seed Dressing. 

Festive Fruit Salad with Poppyseed Dressing Recipe

Serves 10 | Finish in 10 minutes
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Celebrate the season or elevate every day with this Festive Fruit Salad, featuring colorful, delicious winter fruits dressed up with a lightly sweet-tangy poppyseed dressing. Perfect for a holiday brunch and or family-friendly side dish.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped apple, skin-on
  • 2 cups chopped pear, skin-on
  • 2 medium bananas, slices
  • 2 cups red grapes, cut in half if large
  • 2 cups peeled clementine segments (or seedless tangerines)
  • 2 kiwis, peeled and sliced
  • ½ cup pomegranate arils
  • 2/3 cup Poppyseed Dressing from Litehouse

Optional Toppings: before serving can top with handful of shredded coconut, slivered almonds, dried craisins, etc.

Directions

  1. Mix together all prepped fruits into large bowl, stir in Poppyseed Dressing – adding more or less according to your preference.
  2. Optional, sprinkle with “extras” like shredded coconut, slivered almonds, dried craisins before serving.
  3. May make ahead, dressed, and kept chilled in the refrigerator for up to 2 hours.

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