Christmas Fruit Salad

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A quick 3-ingredient Christmas fruit salad, perfect for the Festive season, combines a colorful variety of fruits and berries – ideal as an appetizer, side dish, or dessert. The pantry-friendly recipe is both swift to make and visually appealing.

Suitable for gluten free and vegan diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.

the completed christmas fruit salad served with a spoon and cloth napkin

Nothing beats this easy Christmas fruit salad, full of color and flavor and contains ingredients you probably already have on hand. And I just love serving it up on my holiday table.

This festive fruit salad is filled with red and green fruit in a delicious thin dressing. It’s one of my favorite breakfast, brunch, and dessert dishes that I whip up to help guests have happy holidays. I’m so excited to share my recipe with you!

You are only 3 ingredients away from enjoying this perfect light dish. All that’s needed is to slice some fruit, then simply toss them all together along with an easy dressing, and bam you are good to go.

If you need another quick recipe, this 15 Minute Orange, Pistachio and Pomegranate Couscous Salad and my Cranberry Chicken Salad are both so good!

Or, why not let the kids prepare for a Grinch themed movie night by putting together these Grinch Kabobs…and don’t forget the popcorn.

close up view of the completed christmas fruit salad

This is a great way to use up any leftovers during fruit season, and while my kiddos demand the addition of red and green grapes, it’s highly adaptable to make with any sort of fruit you like.

Why Make This Recipe

  • Easy To Make – It is simple to make in just a few minutes. Kids can make it unsupervised.
  • Colorful and Festive – Serve it up in a fun presentation so it’s a treat for your eyes and palate.
  • Kid-Friendly – Kids looooooove this sweet recipe, so it is perfect for the family at any time. 
  • Budget-friendly – Made with affordable ingredients and you can use up leftovers.

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Ingredient Notes

  • Fresh fruit – this recipe used red grapes, green grapes, strawberries, raspberries, and kiwis. Try to use sweet fruit as much as you can. See suggestions below for other fruit to use.
  • Sweetener – this recipe calls for maple syrup, but you can use date syrup or honey if not vegan.
  • Lemon juice – or use lime juice if you prefer.
  • Pomegranate seeds – pomegranate arils are entirely optional, but a great Christmas fruit addition.
the ingredients needed for making christmas fruit salad

Ready to learn how to make Christmas salad? Then gather up your ingredients, and I will show you…

How To Make Fruit Salad For Christmas

Get the complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.

  1. Place grapes, sliced strawberries, raspberries, and kiwi in a large mixing bowl or trifle dish if you prefer.
  2. Add lemon juice and maple syrup and gently toss until combined.
  3. Adjust sweetness as desired to taste, then refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.
image collage showing the steps for making christmas fruit saladf

Other Fruit You Can Add

  • For red fruits – red apples and watermelon and cherries and dried cranberries
  • For green fruits – try green apples, green melons, etc.

Tips For Success

  • This salad works best with ripe fruit, so choose ripe but firm fruit.
  • Stir gently when mixing in the fruit salad dressing to avoid mashing the raspberries.
  • Don’t cut fruit pieces too small to avoid smaller pieces going squishy.
  • You can serve it immediately, but letting it stand for a few hours really helps bring out the flavor.
  • I love serving this holiday fruit salad in a glass trifle dish or glass bowl so the colors pop through.
christmas fruit salad with a serving spoon inside

Delicious Variations

  • Make it citrusy – add some lemon or lime zest and a little orange zest.
  • Add some crunch – toss in some slivered almonds or shredded coconut for texture and white color.
  • Vary the dressing – make a honey lime dressing or pomegranate dressing.
  • Use seasonal fruits – If you prefer to make it a winter fruit salad, then go ahead and change it up with seasonal fruits you can find.
  • Mix up the fruit – vary the fruit depending on what you have around.

Make Ahead And Storage

  • Prep Ahead – This is one of those fruit salad recipes that tastes nice after a couple of hours. Prep 2-3 hours beforehand, refrigerate, and mix occasionally for the flavor to develop.
  • Store – Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 24 hours. It is best to remove as much air as possible, so it’s probably easiest to use a ziplock bag.
  • Freeze – I don’t recommend freezing this recipe.
top down view of the finished crhristmas fruit salad

FAQs

Can I Use Frozen Fruit?

When making fruit salad, it is best to use fresh fruit, not frozen fruit, as thawed fruits end up being mushy for this.

How To Keep The Chopped Apple Fresh Until You’re Ready To Serve The Christmas Fruit Salad?

This phenomenon is referred to as enzymatic browning. Prevent cut fruits from undergoing discoloration, especially apples, by applying a layer of acidic juice, such as lemon, orange, or pineapple juice, prior to adding it to your Christmas fruit salad recipes.

Do You Need Dressing For Holiday Fruit Salad?

Using the dressing is totally optional for your fruit salad for Christmas. But it does hinder the fruit’s browning process.

For a fruit salad with a milder level of sweetness, decrease the quantity of maple syrup utilized in the dressing, or feel free to use another dressing of your choice.

the completed christmas fruit salad served in a ceramic bowl

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Weight Watchers Points

There is 1 Blue Plan SmartPoint in one serving of this.

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the completed christmas fruit salad served with a spoon and cloth napkin
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5 from 6 votes

Christmas Fruit Salad

3-ingredient Christmas fruit salad is perfect for holiday gatherings.
Prep Time10 minutes
Setting time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 10 minutes
Course: Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Western
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan
Servings: 6
Calories: 98kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds (675g) mixed sliced fruit this recipe used red grapes, green grapes, strawberries, raspberries and kiwis
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ cup (43g) pomegranate seeds

Instructions

  • Place the prepared fruit in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add maple syrup and lemon juice, mixing to combine. Taste and adjust sweetness as desired.
  • Top with pomegranate seeds, then refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.
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Notes

  • This salad works best with ripe fruit, so choose ripe but firm fruit.
  • Stir gently when mixing in the fruit salad dressing to avoid mashing the raspberries.
  • Don’t cut fruit pieces too small, to avoid smaller pieces going squishy.
  • You can serve immediately, but letting stand for a few hours really helps bring out the flavor.
  • I love serving this holiday fruit salad in a glass trifle dish or glass bowl so that the colors pop through.
  • Storage – keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 24 hours. It is best if you remove as much air as possible, so probably easiest with a ziptop bag.
  • There is 1 WW Blue Plan SmartPoint in one serving of this.

Nutrition

Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 143mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 343IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

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