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Who says the holidays can’t be healthier? This festive Christmas Fruit Salad is sweetened with honey and full of delicious grapes, apples and cherries!
If you’ve been around the blog for a while, you’ll know that I’ve been going through lots of those old cookbooks that compile favorites from home cooks. You know, the ones that are shared by churches, community groups, clubs or just a family? One of the most popular ones I’ve shared lately is this Mexican Spinach Dip –it’s going crazy on Pinterest! I’ve really been enjoying going through these older recipes because I’m discovering all kinds of new recipes to try. So many of them need to be updated though to make them a bit healthier or just add a photo to the recipe, right?
When I first spotted this Christmas Fruit Salad I knew I had to try it! Don’t get me wrong, I love a good sweet and especially those treats made only during the holidays. But I love that this is a healthier holiday dish option for parties or family gatherings. I actually made it for a book club meeting I hosted and everyone loved it! I think it would be great to have on Christmas morning too.
Full of Festive Fruits
With the red and green fruits, it’s so festive! You could try adding strawberries or even pomegranate arils as an addition or alternative to the red fruits too.
Christmas Fruit Salad
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup dried cherries may substitute cranberries
- 1 cup seedless green grapes sliced in half
- 1 cup seedless red grapes sliced in half
- 1 cup Granny Smith apple diced, about one medium size apple
- 1 cup Red Delicious apple diced, one-two small apples
- 2 kiwis peeled and sliced in wedges
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon lime peel finely chopped
- 1 tablespoons lime juice
- Boil one cup of water. Add dried cherries to small bowl and cover with boiling water for 15 minutes.
- Drain cherries.
- In large bowl, combine all ingredients.
- Chill for two hours. Serve cold.
The original recipe called for ½ cup of honey but we found that to be way too sweet and there was so much liquid left in the bowl that I cut it to ¼ cup in the recipe. But if you find your fruit salad makes a little bit too much, you can certainly add more honey to taste.
What are some of your favorite healthier holiday dishes?