Fruit salad may seem like a summer thing, but there are many delicious fruits in season in the winter that are just too good to miss! Crisp apples, juicy pears, sensuous pomegranates, and citrus of every size and flavor. When combined with a simple dressing of citrus juice and a bit of honey these delicious fruits sing. Persimmons and grapefruit are also lovely additions to this salad as are any variety of orange (mandarin, clementine, cara cara, navel). If you can't find pomegranates, dried cranberries will add that festive pop of color and flavor.
Winter Fruit Salad
2 crisp red skinned apples such as Fuji or Pink Lady, cored and diced
2 firm but ripe pears, cored and diced
The arils (seeds) of one pomegranate
1/2 small lemon
1 tablespoon honey
Mint for garnish
Core and dice the apples and pears and place them in a large bowl.
Cut oranges into supremes. To do so, slice the tops and bottoms off of each, then carefully cut the skin from the flesh beginning at the top and curving down. Remove as much of the white pith as possible. Then, slice alongside each membrane
on both sides. The wedges should come out clean, leaving the only the membrane intact. Cut each supreme into thirds and add to the apples and pears. Squeeze the juice from the remaining membrane into a small bowl and set aside.
To remove the pomegranate arils (seeds):
Cut the pomegranate in half horizontally. Place one half cut side down in the palm of your hand over a medium bowl. With the back of a spoon whack the pomegranate thoroughly to loosen the arils. Continue with the other half. Pick out any white membrane. Add pomegranate arils to the other fruits.
Add lemon juice to the orange juice. Add honey and whisk to combine.
Pour over the fruit salad and gently stir to combine.
Garnish with fresh mint and serve in small glass bowls for a pretty presentation.