Do you find it difficult to find healthy snacks during the winter? Then this winter fruit salad is for you. A wonderful, healthy mix of winter fruits with a light, chia, ginger and thyme-infused dressing.
How pretty is that bowl of deliciousness? And who says summer gets to have all of the fun, delicious fruit salads? Not me. Let's give a little shout out to all of our favorite winter fruits! And there are SO many that people tend to forget about.
With all of the comfort foods hanging around in the winter, it's always nice to have a healthier choice as well. Or, if you'd like to eat that Healthy Goulash, Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Soup or Baked Ziti, maybe you enjoy some of this winter fruit salad after? Why deprive yourself?
Why You Should Make This Winter Fruit Salad
This salad is packed with vitamins, nutrients, fiber and antioxidants too. And the dressing? You will want to pour it on EVERYTHING. Trust me.
I am not sure which I like better, the gorgeous seasonal fruit or the delicious Ginger Chia Dressing. This is healthy, simple to make and incredibly tasty. It's great for parties, showers, brunches because it's not only pretty but a huge crowd pleaser too!
I promise it will be one the first salads to go.
Maybe you should prepare yourself and double the recipe? Just a thought.
You can easily use whatever fruit you'd like or whatever is on sale. This salad is so versatile and adaptable.
I've even added cooked quinoa to this salad which not only adds a nice healthy dose of plant-based protein, but also adds a wonderful texture. I typically add the dressing to the salad immediately and allow it to sit in the refrigerator so the quinoa can "marinate" is that delectable dressing.
I've made this several times now and although the thyme looks really pretty laying across the salad, it tastes better when you finely chop it and add it to the dressing. But I do appreciate its beauty.
Typically in the winter we crave comfort foods like soups, stews and pasta, but there are also so many delicious and healthy fruits available too.
Let's talk about some nutrition, shall we?
Chia seeds are so incredibly healthy. That are packed with antioxidants, fiber and protein and not to mention they have a wonderful texture.
I also love using fresh ginger in recipes. Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory and has a wonderful taste. A little goes a long way so I just add a bit to smoothies, marinades and salads. Yes, it looks crazy and weird, but man is it a powerhouse of nutrition.
Use 100% pure maple syrup in the dressing which is a simple, unrefined form of sugar. I have also used a few drops of liquid stevia as a substitute for maple syrup too. I love to mix it up and switch things around to see how I can make other variations. But honestly, there's nothing better than the original.
And let's not forget all of the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber and nutrients in all of that gorgeous fruit.
I like to keep a batch of this dressing in my refrigerator and put it on EVERYTHING. Ok, maybe not everything but you get the gist. Just make sure you give it a shake each time before you use it to ensure you getting ALL of those incredible chia seeds.
I love taking advantage of all the scrumptious winter fruits out there. The blood oranges have been spectacular. And I love a good ol' ruby red grapefruit any time of the year.
I must confess, I have made this will spring and summer fruits as well. Same dressing, just different fruits. Equally delicious.
Fruit Salad Recipe with Honey Lime Dressing from Cooking Classy
Honey Lime Fruit Salad from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Fall Fruit Salad from Foxes Love Lemons
Classic Fruit Salad from Downshiftology
Winter Fruit Salad with Ginger Chia Dressing
- 6 kiwi peeled and sliced
- 2 grapefruit peeled and segmented
- 2 blood oranges peeled and segmented
- 4 clementines peeled and segmented
- ½ cup pomegranate seeds
- 2 pears sliced
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger minced
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme minced
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- Place all fruit in a large bowl.
- Place ingredients for dressing in a jar. Shake well.
- Pour over fruit and mix well. Serve immediately.