Love the taste of fresh, delicious fruits? Craving to indulge your sweet tooth in some mouthwatering fruit salad recipes? Winter is the perfect season for having fruit salads because the seasonal produce during these months is the freshest and sweetest of the year. From peaches to apricots, blood oranges and cactus pears – winter is all about textures, flavours and colours. Crunchy, juicy, sweet, tart- you get it all. Several exotic fruits are also available in local groceries during winter. While these fruits are really delicious and can be eaten by themselves, rustle up a salad to make them even more scrumptious!
Top 5 Delicious Winter Fruit Salad Recipes
1. Pomegranate And Blood Orange Salad:
Pomegranate and orange have complementary flavors and in winter, you can pair up these two fruits to make a refreshing snack. To make this salad, cut off the top and bottom of the orange and cut away the peel. Carefully cut the segments out of the orange and place them in a bowl. Now cut a pomegranate in half and holding it above the bowl, tap on the back of it. The pomegranate seeds will fall out. Toss it with the zest of an orange and some candied ginger to spice it up.
2. Exotic Fruit Cup:
Exotic fruits make a great fruit salad. Cactus pear sorbets can be easily made with or without an ice-cream maker. Prepare a fruit cup with diced mangoes and bananas, and add a scoop of cactus pear sorbet. The sweetness of mangoes and the slightly tart flavour of cactus pear gel really well. Passion fruit is full of flavor that goes really well as a dessert sauce. Puree passion fruit flesh and top the fruit cup with it.
3. Mixed Citrus Fruits Salad:
For this salad, you need to segment 4 grapefruits the same way as in the first recipe- remove all the pith, rinds and membrane. Segment 3 tangerines, and reserve about half a cup of juice. Combine the segments with a cup of pomegranate seeds. Make a dressing of half a cup of honey and the reserved juice. Toss the fruits with the dressing and top off with a handful of mint leaves. You can use kumquats and mandarins as well. This an easy winter fruit salad recipe you can try!
4. Dry Fruit Salad:
Dry fruits make as good a salad as any fresh fruit. To make a lip-smacking dry fruits salad, take a bowl of cold water and add dried prunes, apricots, pears, cranberries and figs to it. Scrape the seeds of one vanilla bean and add it to the water along with the pod. Now put the bowl on heat and simmer for 10 minutes. After that, take it off the heat and you can leave a tea bag (your favorite flavour) in it as you leave it to cool. Once cool, take away the vanilla pod and tea bag, and spoon the fruit mix into serving bowls. Sprinkle lemon juice on it to bring out the flavour and top off with Greek Yoghurt (or whipped cream, if you are feeling particularly indulgent).
5. Winter Fruit Salad With Cheese:
This is a more sophisticated winter fruit salad recipe even though it is just as easy to make. In a large bowl, put 1 cup of cranberries, 1 diced apple and one sliced pear. To this, add 1 head of romaine lettuce, torn into small pieces. To make the dressing, combine half a cup of white sugar and lemon juice each with 2 teaspoons of onion, half a teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard and half a cup of vegetable oil. Use the blender to emulsify the dressing. Toss the fruits with the dressing and generously sprinkle shredded Swiss cheese over it.
These are just some basic guidelines for preparing winter fresh fruit salads. If you have any favorite fruit or spice, feel free to experiment with it. Fresh fruits and an appetite for healthy deliciousness is all you need to enjoy these salads!