Festive Fruit Salads

Winter citrus adds a splash of color to your holiday table whether served as a salad, side, or dessert. These salads simplify dinner, too—many are make-ahead.

  • Winter Fruit Salad

    Winter Fruit Salad

    Combine colorful winter citrus fruits with pineapple and kiwi and top with pomegranate seeds to make it special.
  • Winter Jeweled Fruit Salad
    Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Deborah Williams

    Winter Jeweled Fruit Salad

    'Tis the season for juicy citrus, so take advantage by adding a colorful fruit salad to your holiday table. In Mexico, copas de frutas (fruit cups) are popular street food. They typically consist of fresh fruit sprinkled with lime juice and chili powder and are the inspiration for this jewel-colored fruit salad.
  • Strawberry-Marmalade Salad
    Leigh Beisch

    Strawberry-Marmalade Salad

    This recipe packs a zing—and with only four ingredients. It would be a flavorful addition to favorite Christmas side dishes. You can prepare it up to four hours in advance, which also makes it a natural side for your lunch bag.
  • Sparkling White-Sangria Salad
    Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Sparkling White-Sangria Salad

    To many families, it isn't a holiday dinner without a gelatin salad. This rendition uses Riesling, but for a nonalcoholic version, substitute sparkling white grape juice. Either packs the crisp, refreshing taste of tropical Sangría.
  • Strawberry-Orange Salad
    Photo: Thomas J. Story; Styling: Dan Becker

    Strawberry-Orange Salad

    Add a burst of color to your holiday table with a refreshing fruit salad made with strawberries and navel oranges. Drizzle the fruit with a cool basil syrup, made from leaves steeped in water with sugar, and chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  • Rum-Spiked Winter Compote
    HOWARD L. PUCKETT

    Rum-Spiked Winter Compote

    This warm-and-lovely compote sings with the tart flavors of winter fruit. Try it spooned over vanilla ice cream or pound cake, or use it as a novel substitute for cranberry sauce
  • Tropical Fruit Salad
    Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Tropical Fruit Salad

    This golden salad was inspired by the flavors of West Africa, where it often doubles as a dessert. As a side, it works well with a smoky grilled fish or a spicy pork tenderloin.
  • Layered Fruit Congealed Salad

    Layered Fruit Congealed Salad

    Not your grandmother's congealed salad, this elegant update forgoes the mini-marshmallows and canned fruit for beautiful, ripe raspberries and sweet, fresh oranges.
  • Moroccan-Spiced Oranges
    Lee Harrelson

    Moroccan-Spiced Oranges

    This simple salad is a light and refreshing way to end a heavy holiday meal, and the aroma of citrus and cinnamon evokes the scents of the season.
  • Rhubarb, Pear, and Apple Compote
    Karry Hosford

    Rhubarb, Pear, and Apple Compote

    Though rhubarb is the star of this sauce, sweet apples and pears help cut its characteristically sour flavor. Use this compote as an accompaniment to savory entrées, such as pork or poultry. Or serve it as a dessert with a dollop of whipped topping.
  • Gingered Ambrosia

    Gingered Ambrosia

    Our tangy recipe breathes new life into a centuries-old Southern favorite. Fresh ginger and mint leaves add loads of flavor without a gram of fat.
  • Fresh Fruit With Lemon-Mint Sauce

    Fresh Fruit with Lemon-Mint Sauce

    This refreshing breakfast or dessert salad has a secret—it's perfect for cold-and-flu season. Oranges, grapefruits, and lemons are packed with vitamin C, the antioxidant that helps boost the immune system, fight infection, and protect the body against influenza.
  • Francie's Fruit Salad
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Randy Mon

    Francie's Fruit Salad

    You can make this simple fruit salad with whatever fruit is in season. The flavor secret is the candied ginger syrup.
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