From Ambrosia to Layered Jello Salads and festive bowls of sliced fruit tossed in honey or orange juice dressings, a classic fruit salad has an important place on every holiday table. This list of 7 easy holiday fruit salad recipes has everything you need to round out your brunch, party and Christmas dinner menu this year!
Fruit salads are a sacred tradition on the Southern holiday table. We serve them for Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners, at brunches, for parties and eat the coveted leftovers for breakfast or the first chance we get!
Their sweet and sometimes fruity tartness are the perfect change of pace from the all the rich, savory holiday dinner selections. And let’s face it, for brunch and parties, we all just feel a little better about ourselves when we eat a little bit of fruit amongst the cheese grits and cookies and cups of punch.
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How to Make a Simple Fruit Salad
Fruit salads are easy to make. Below are a few rules of thumb I always employ when planning and prepping a fruit salad.
Which Fruit To Use
I usually use cheaper fruits like apples, bananas, grapes, even canned pineapples to make up the bulk, or base, of the salad and then fill in with either my favorite fruits (or the favorite fruits of my guests) or something seasonal or special.
For instance, during the holidays, pomegranate arils and dried cranberries are a festive addition, as well as pears, kiwi, dates and oranges. And of course, you can never go wrong with piles and piles of berries no matter the season.
Also, when slicing, chopping and dicing larger fruits like apples and pears, even strawberries, I try to make all the fruit in my salad approximately the same size. This makes the salad easier to eat, more balanced in taste and more attractive.
Lastly, consider not peeling apples and pears. After all, it’s the color of fruit that makes it so attractive to the eye and the taste buds. Wash your fruit well and keep as much of that color as you can!