Make Entertaining Easy with a Simple Winter Fruit Salad

This simple Winter Fruit Salad was such a hit during our Christmas Day brunch and so easy to put together I plan on making it again this weekend for our New Year’s Eve Party!

winter fruit salad

I absolutely love having guests over and entertaining, but sometimes the food and timing of cooking can be stressful. Like planning on serving brunch around 1pm on Christmas Day, but don’t get everything on the table until 3:30pm… yikes! Please tell me I’m not the only one this happens to?! If you feel my pain, then girl this recipe is for you!

This Christmas was our first time hosting our family for the holiday and none-the-less in our first home! As you might imagine, I’ve been so excited! I would randomly do the happy dance when I started to think about it. As soon as it was decided, Christmas Day brunch was taking place at our home, I immediately began pinning everything to my holiday board and found this winter fruit salad recipe with lemon poppy seed dressing.

Originally from Cooking Classy, the details to this surprisingly delicious and easy recipe are below.

Winter fruit salad recipe

Winter Fruit Salad Ingredients


  • 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp poppy seeds


  • 8 mandarine oranges, peeled and segmented
  • 4 apples (preferably 2 gala and 2 golden delicious)
  • 4 ripe kiwis peeled and diced
  • 4 bananas, peeled and diced
  • 1 1/2 cup pomegranate arils


For the dressing:

In a mixing bowl or jar whisk together lemon juice and sugar until sugar dissolves. Mix in olive oil, vegetable oil and honey until well blended. Stir in poppy seeds.

For the fruit salad: 

In a salad bowl toss together all of the fruit then pour dressing over top and gently toss to coat. Serve immediately for best results.

Yields about 10 – 12 servings

Make entertaining easy with this simple winter fruit salad recipe

The true beauty of this recipe is how easy it is to put together. Easily prepare for guests by getting a head start the day before your guests arrive. Cut fruit and seal in airtight containers to ensure they stay fresh. In a separate bowl, mix the dressing and set aside in the fridge until it is time to to put it all together. Entertain with ease, just put it all in a bowl, drizzle the dressing on top and toss together. Easy peasy!

Clearly this was not the culprit of throwing off our timing for our Christmas Day brunch, I blame it on the 5lb roast! Regardless of our timing blunder, the food was delicious and we had a wonderful day with family. What more can a girl ask for?!


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