A flavourful citrus based Winter Fruit Salad with no added sugars or sweeteners. With minimal ingredients this easy fruit salad is perfect for the holidays.
I love fruit salads. Come winter though things get a little tricky in finding ripe delicious fruit. Here, I took my usual citrus fruit salad and added lime zest for a bit of vibrancy in with all that gorgeous juicy fruit. There’s zero added sugar or sweeteners in this Winter Fruit Salad.
This salad is quite simple in that it is only using citrus fruits with lime zest, but it has complex flavours from using a variety of citrus fruits. Grapefruit for some tartness, Cara Cara and Navel Oranges for sweetness, and Blood Oranges so some drama in the looks department. Letting all of these flavours blend together makes for a killer fruit salad.
I usually use a mix of grapefruits (Rio Red and Ruby Red are my favourites) and oranges (Cara Cara, Blood Oranges and Navel). This adds a really nice new dimension to the salad. If your local grocer has limited selection, going with one type of each citrus fruit will still result in a tasty salad.
The mint and adding some pomegranate seeds are optional. I have to say the lime zest is not. It really adds something special to this salad. Guests will be asking “how did you make it so sweet”? It’s solely removing the pith (white bits that make fruit more tart), membranes (what separates each segment), and peel that makes citrus fruit perfectly sweet.
What to serve with this Winter Fruit Salad?
- Slab Breakfast Pie
- Scottish Potato Scones
- Soft Scrambled Eggs and Roasted Potatoes
- Lemon Blueberry Pancakes
Last but not least, I wish each and every one of you the merriest of Christmases and all the best in 2015! Can’t wait to spring my healthy recipes to beat the holiday gluttony with you in January!
Winter Fruit Salad is the ultimate citrus salad, perfect for any brunch or breakfast during winter. It's so delicious and sweet (zero sweeteners or sugar added)!
- 2 medium ruby red grapefruits
- 2 medium navel oranges
- 2 medium Cara Cara oranges*
- 2 medium blood oranges**
- 1 medium lime, zest only
- 2 tbsp very thinly sliced fresh mint leaves optional
- 2 tbsp pomegranate arils optional
Using a sharp paring knife, remove peel and white pith from grapefruits and oranges. Working over a medium bowl that you'll use for serving, cut between membranes to release orange and grapefruit segments. Be sure to squeeze any remaining juice from the peel, pith and membranes into the bowl. This extra juice marinates the flavours together well.
Top with lime zest and any other desired garnishes.
* Cara Cara Oranges can be replaced with regular navel oranges in a pinch.
** Blood Oranges can be replaced with regular navel oranges in a pinch.
*** Salad will keep 2-3 days in a sealed container in the fridge without the garnishes. The flavours blend together nicely when made a day or two before.
Happy Holidays! From my crazy wonderful family to yours! xoxoxo