Winter Citrus Fruit Salad! Looking to add a little vibrance, sweetness, and healthy goodness into your life? Look no further than this delicious dish!
Healthy, simple, and colorful, this standout Winter Citrus Fruit Salad is brimming with refreshing, sweet citrus vibes. Segmented grapefruits and oranges, sliced kiwi, and pomegranate arils bath in a refreshing and light citrus dressing that is packed with Vitamin C and antioxidants.
Whole Food Plant Based, Vegan, plant based, oil free, refined sugar free, no highly processed ingredients and gluten free.
Hi there, Ameera here!
We love a traditional fruit salad, but this Winter Citrus Fruit Salad has us doing a happy dance! Mom and I devoured this deliciousness. It’s so refreshing, bright, and beautiful. It’s the perfect Whole Food Plant Based winter dessert!
You gotta give this one a try!
Tips for Success:
- Flavor: This is an amazingly delicious citrus and fruit dessert salad. If you are Whole Food Plant Based and are looking for a delicious, fun dessert, this recipe is for you.
- Fresh Fruit: We understand that fresh fruit is delicious all by itself and does not need anything special to enhance the flavor; however, this dessert salad is a recipe with ingredients intended to enhance the depth of flavor.
- Grapefruit: We used 2 pink grapefruits. Select in-season grapefruits that are sweet and beautiful.
- Oranges: We used 2 cara cara oranges and 2 naval oranges. Select in-season oranges that are sweet and beautiful.
- Kiwis: We used 4 yellow kiwis. Yellow and red kiwis are sweeter than green kiwis. You can use green ones, but the yellow and red are preferred.
- Pomegranate Arils: Select ripe in-season pomegranates. You can leave the pomegranate arils out if you have family or guests that do not like the crunchiness of the pomegranate arils. We love them, but we can see how some might be put off by them.
- Cutting Open a Pomegranate: This is an excellent YouTube on how to best cut open a pomegranate to obtain the pomegranate arils. Easiest Way to Cut Open Pomegranate.
- How to Segment Oranges/Grapefruits: This is an excellent YouTube on how to best segment oranges and grapefruits. How to Segment an Orange.
- Fresh Citrus Juice: This is the fresh juice that is captured while segmenting the grapefruits and oranges. After you segment the grapefruits and oranges and lay them in a dish, you will find that they will continue to leak out juice. Make sure you capture this juice as well.
- Amount of Citrus Juice: You should be able to capture at least ½ to ¾ cup of citrus juice from 6 segmented grapefruits and oranges and then squeezing the membranes as well as capturing any leaking juice from the segmented citrus. If you capture more, use only ¾ cup. If you capture less than ½ cup, squeeze a few segments of oranges/grapefruits until you get ½ cup of citrus juice.
- Maple Syrup: Use pure maple syrup, feel free to adjust the amount, largely dependent upon the sweetness of the citrus juice captured. We found 1 Tablespoon was perfect as our fruit was beautifully sweet.
- Fresh Lime Juice: Make sure you use a fresh lime as the juice from a fresh lime is not as tart or overwhelming as bottled lime juice.
- Fresh Mint Leaves: You may wish to chiffonade the mint leaves. We left them whole for photography purposes. The mint adds amazing flavor to this salad. If you really love mint, you can muddle some and add it to the Citrus Dressing.
- Make Ahead: You can make this salad ahead. We suggest earlier in the day, covering the dish tightly and refrigerating. Before serving, remove from the refrigerator approximately 30 minutes before serving to allow the fruit to wake up. Refrigerated citrus needs time to wake up before serving.
Leftovers and Freezing:
Leftovers will generally keep 2 days in the refrigerator. Store in a covered container.
This dish cannot be frozen.
- Fine mesh strainer
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Healthy, simple, and colorful, this standout Winter Citrus Fruit Salad is brimming with refreshing, sweet citrus vibes.
- 2 pink grapefruits, sections segmented *
- 4 oranges, sections segmented *
- 3 to 4 (yellow or red) kiwis, peeled and sliced *
- ½ to ¾ cup pomegranate arils *
- 2 to 4 Tablespoons fresh mint leaves (+/-) *
Citrus Dressing Ingredients:
- ¾ cup fresh citrus juice (from grapefruits/oranges above) *
- 1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup (+/-) *
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice (+/-) *
- Carefully remove the pomegranate arils, place in the refrigerator until ready to use. See blog post for YouTube on how to best accomplish this.
- Carefully segment the grapefruits and oranges from the membranes over a bowl with a strainer to capture the juice. Squeeze the discarded grapefruit and orange husks (membrane remainders) over the bowl with a strainer to capture any remaining juice. Discard the membranes/husks. The strainer will capture any seeds and pith to keep them out of the juice. See blog post for YouTube on how to best accomplish this.
- Place the grapefruit and orange segments onto a plate, set aside.
- Peel and slice the kiwis into ¼-inch slices, place on a plate, set aside.
- Carefully capture any juice from the segmented citrus that leaked out onto the plate and place it into the juice bowl (through the strainer as well).
- Make the dressing. Place the captured citrus juice into a medium sized bowl. (We were able to capture about ¾ cup of citrus juice in total.) Add the maple syrup and fresh lime juice, whisk to combine. Set aside.
- Prepare the fruit salad by layering the fruit. Place about 1/3 of the total grapefruit segments, along with some orange segments, then kiwi slices, and a sprinkle of pomegranate arils in a wide bowl or on a plate that has a lip. This is the first layer. Repeat the process to create 2 more layers.
- Then pour the citrus dressing over top of the entire dish.
- Top with mint leaves.
- Serve with spoons so the juice can be scooped up. If serving later, cover the dish and refrigerate. Remove 30 minutes before serving to allow the fruit to wake up.
*Please reference the blog post for Tips for Success, Pantry Items Used, Storage and Freezing, and Kitchen Products Used.
*Servings: Makes 4 servings
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