This quick and easy Christmas Fruit Salad recipe comes together with fresh fruit, warm cinnamon, and sweet honey. Ready in a matter of minutes, it adds festive color to your holiday table and provides nutrients in the form of a delicious treat!
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Is there anything as refreshing as fruit salad? While fruit salad recipes can be made with canned fruit, I’ve opted to use a combination of fresh mixed berries, apples, pears, and pomegranate seeds in this recipe.
Not only does the fresh fruit add vibrant color and a bit of crunch, but it’s also full of vitamins and antioxidants for a recipe you can feel good about! Plus, it’s not drowning in sugary canned juice and is far less likely to become soggy.
Just combine all the ingredients in a bowl, and you’re ready to go! Enjoy this festive fruit salad recipe on its own or paired with whipped cream, ice cream, or plain yogurt. You can even serve it over this moist Cream Cheese Pound Cake!
Christmas Fruit Salad Recipe
If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to the usual decadent and rich Christmas desserts this holiday, Christmas fruit salad is the way to go! Much like my classic fruit salad and grape salad recipe, it involves very little effort and guarantees a boost of nutrition while also satisfying your sweet tooth!
Enjoy this Christmas Fruit Salad for breakfast, as a tasty holiday snack, or as a refreshing dessert with Marshmallow Dip! It’ll add a pop of festive cheer to any table!
Ingredients for Christmas Fruit Salad
See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.
- Fresh mixed berries – An assortment of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are great for this fruit salad.
- Red seedless grapes
- Diced apples – Use a mix of your favorite green and red apples to add to the festive colors.
- Diced pears – Make sure to select ripe pears. No one wants to chew on hard underripe pear!
- Pomegranate seeds
- Cranberries – Fresh or thawed from frozen.
- Honey or maple syrup
- Fresh lemon juice – This helps to cut through some of the sweetness and also prolongs the fresh look of the fruit.
- Ground cinnamon
- Fresh mint leaves – Optional for garnish.
- For a creamy twist to this Christmas fruit salad, combine the fresh fruit mixture with 1 cup of vanilla yogurt or sour cream.
- Add a decadent twist to this festive fruit salad by combining it with softened cream cheese, Cool Whip, whipped cream, sugar, milk, vanilla, and mini marshmallows. Suddenly, you have a Red White and Blue Cheesecake Salad!
- For a Winter Wonderland fruit salad, add 1 cup of cubed pineapple and 1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes for a tropical twist.
- For extra spicy warmth, toss the fruit with a mixture of 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves, and a dash of ground ginger.
How to Make Christmas Fruit Salad
- Combine the fruit: Combine all of the fruit, including the pomegranate seeds, in a large serving bowl.
- Make the drizzle: Combine the honey (or maple syrup), lemon juice, and cinnamon in a separate small bowl.
- Assemble and serve: Drizzle the honey-cinnamon mixture over the fruit, and toss gently to coat and combine. Garnish with fresh mint, if you like. Serve right away, or chill in the fridge for an hour!
The best way to prevent the browning of the apple and pear is to soak the diced pieces in salt water (half a teaspoon of kosher salt per cup of water) for 10 minutes. This is helpful if you are preparing the fruit ahead of making the salad.
How to Store Christmas Fruit Salad
Store leftover Christmas fruit salad in an airtight container in the fridge for 3–5 days. You can also store the festive fruit salad in a serving bowl covered tightly with plastic wrap to prevent the fruit from drying out.
Be aware that the diced apple and pear pieces are likely to discolor and turn brownish after a day or two!
Yes. The mixed berries can be washed and rinsed the night before and stored in an airtight container in the fridge. The apples and pears can also be washed, diced, and soaked in salt water or covered with lemon juice to help prevent them from browning.
Avoid overpowering fruits in this Christmas fruit salad, such as bananas or grapefruit. Unless you are certain that you won’t have leftovers, sliced bananas risk turning super soft and brown quickly.
Absolutely! This Christmas fruit salad is a great alternative to all those decadent and high-calorie festive treats. It’s loaded with vitamins and antioxidants and can be enjoyed for breakfast, as a refreshing snack, or dessert.
Christmas Fruit Salad
- Large serving bowl
- Small bowl
- 4 cups fresh mixed berries strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries
- 2 cups red seedless grapes
- 2 apples diced (use a mix of green and red apples for color)
- 2 pears diced
- 1 cup pomegranate seeds
- 1/2 cup cranberries fresh or frozen, thawed
- 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
- 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Fresh mint leaves for garnish optional
- In a large serving bowl, combine the mixed berries, red grapes, diced apples, diced pears, pomegranate seeds, and cranberries.4 cups fresh mixed berries, 2 cups red seedless grapes, 2 apples, 2 pears, 1 cup pomegranate seeds, 1/2 cup cranberries
- In a separate small bowl, whisk together the honey or maple syrup, fresh lemon juice, and ground cinnamon until well combined.1/4 cup honey or maple syrup, 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Drizzle the honey or maple syrup mixture over the fruit in the large serving bowl.
- Gently toss the fruit and dressing together until all the fruit is well coated.
- If desired, garnish the Christmas fruit salad with fresh mint leaves for a pop of color.Fresh mint leaves for garnish
- Serve immediately, or refrigerate for an hour to let the flavors meld and develop. Give it a gentle stir before serving.
- This Festive Christmas Fruit Salad is a colorful and healthy addition to your holiday spread. The mix of seasonal fruits adds a burst of flavor and a touch of holiday cheer to your table.
- Experiment with the variations to suit your preferences and create a unique fruit salad that complements your holiday menu.
- Serve it as a refreshing side dish or a light dessert at your Christmas gathering alongside our poundcake. It’s sure to be a hit with family and friends!