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rec for fruit salad made of winter fruits (oranges, pears, apples, etc) ?

prima Jan 31, 2012 01:40 PM

I realize I could just make a tried & true fruit salad with whatever fruit is available, but I was wondering if anyone had a favourite fruit salad using fruit that's available throughout the winter. Thanks for any suggestions. Might try this one: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/winter-fruit-salad-recipe/index.html

edit: oops, found an earlier winter salad thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/748049

  1. mamachef Jan 31, 2012 01:44 PM

    It is technically not a fruit salad, but oranges and onion are a wonderful mix, both sliced into rounds and arranged on a platter with a scattering of olives and a bit of vinaigrette. Apples - what about Waldorf salad: cubed apples, sliced celery, walnuts, and mayo to dress? This one also cn be done w the pears - and crumbled blue cheese is a lovely addition. What about roasted or wine-simmered pears? Simples, and delicious. Do remember the pomegranate; so pretty and tasty scattered into a fruit salad miix. Would work with the orange idea too, if you don't care for the olives. Oh, and let me mention that I'd tame the onions in a spot of milk before using, or tame them in lightlysugared ice water and dry. It will take anything sharp or sulfurous out of the picture.

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    1. re: mamachef
      prima Jan 31, 2012 01:46 PM

      Thanks, mamachef. ;-)

    2. m
      magiesmom Jan 31, 2012 03:12 PM

      Try this

      1. c
        calliope_nh Jan 31, 2012 03:23 PM

        You could stir up the sliced fruit with some slightly strained vanilla yogurt, just enough to coat as it will keep apples from browning. Mamachef's ideas sound great.

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        1. re: calliope_nh
          mamachef Jan 31, 2012 03:48 PM

          calliope, what a great idea. I had NO idea yogurt would stop oxidization, but I do now!! Thank you!!

          1. re: calliope_nh
            prima Jan 24, 2013 07:28 AM

            Thanks ;-). I usually use plain yogurt, sweetened with honey, sometimes adding a little lime or fresh ginger.

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            jeanmarieok Jan 24, 2013 07:35 AM

            My mom used to make oranges/apples/pears/grapefruit, with a little orange juice and some chopped canned peaches and their juice. I still make it a couple of times a year.

            1. c oliver Jan 24, 2013 07:40 AM

              prima, honestly I would look no farther than that FN recipe. Our kids and one y.o. grandbabies are coming in a week and you have now provided me with the perfect salad. We can pick out what the wee ones would like and the rest of us enjoy the whole thing. Thanks for sharing.

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              1. re: c oliver
                prima Jan 24, 2013 05:00 PM

                thanks c oliver ;-)

              2. alkapal Jan 24, 2013 08:26 AM

                mama chef has the great classic….waldorf, and the others are good, too. may i add ambrosia, which is delightful when freshly made with great navel oranges...and over the top with fresh grated coconut?

                the sicilians have a lovely way with citrus and savory flavors, spices and olives, too. many versions abound, but the interplay of the sweet, sharp citrus with the savory olives and pungent onions is very satisfying, yet light.

                here is a new one to me that sounded intriguing, from crete -- and a "new" (to crete) ingredient… avocado. http://www.olivetomato.com/avocado-and-orange-salad-with-olive-oil-lemon-dressing/

                i recently pinned this beauty -- a fennel, orange and pomegranate salad: http://fooddonelight.com/fennel-orange-salad/ this reminds me that the fennel thread has a ton of great fennel salad recipes. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/576330

                tangerine, pomegranate, chicory --> http://www.chow.com/galleries/366/fall-salad-recipes#!8719/chicory-tangerine-and-pomegranate-salad

                pear, arugula, endive, candied walnuts --> http://santenuts.com/recipes/pear-arugula-endive-salad-with-candied-walnuts

                kale-apple slaw with poppy seed dressing --> http://www.chow.com/galleries/366/fal...

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                1. re: alkapal
                  prima Jan 24, 2013 05:01 PM

                  Thanks for all the ideas, alkapal.
                  I've been making a pineapple, cilantro and avocado salad as a side dish lately, which is also pretty good.

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                  Indy 67 Jan 24, 2013 09:05 AM

                  Here's a link to a Clementine and Jicama Salad at Epicurious:


                  I've subbed arugula or even baby kale for the cilantro with good results. The reviews include lots of other substitutions or additions like pomegranate seeds.

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                    prima Jan 24, 2013 05:01 PM


                  2. jen kalb Jan 24, 2013 09:32 AM

                    I grew up on a very limited fruit salad regimen - the salad always contained oranges, bananas and fresh pineapple, with sometimes apples or strawberries if available.

                    A recent very simple and very delicious fruit salad in an italian hotel, that contained only kiwi, bananas, pears and lemon juice/sugar reminded me yet again that the ingredient that really ups the quality of a fruit salad (or any prepared fresh fruit) is fresh lemon juice, or lime juice if you have it.

                    Simple is best, in my book

                    ps if you want to get fancy, sliced fennel also works well with oranges in a salad mixing fruit and savory tastes

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                    1. re: jen kalb
                      pinehurst Jan 24, 2013 09:42 AM

                      My dad would make a salad with thinly sliced fennel, a small blood orange or a few sections of red grapefruit, and the juice of the citrus to dress. Really good. I like your suggestions.

                      1. re: pinehurst
                        c oliver Jan 24, 2013 09:47 AM


                        Similar to this? which I've made several times to great praise.

                        1. re: pinehurst
                          prima Jan 24, 2013 05:03 PM

                          I'm bringing a couple salads to an upcoming potluck. I think I'll give the fennel salad a try. Thanks for the idea, jen kalb, pinehurst & c oliver.

                          1. re: prima
                            c oliver Jan 24, 2013 06:23 PM

                            I frequently/usually have trouble finding blood oranges so have subbed others. Still good. And a little 'wow factor.'

                        2. re: jen kalb
                          prima Jan 24, 2013 05:02 PM

                          Agree, a little fresh-squeezed citrus juice really adds to fruit salad. Also, I've been taking the time to supreme the oranges, tangerines, etc. Find that step really takes the salad up a notch.

                        3. Savour Jan 24, 2013 05:07 PM

                          I have a recipe I love with thinly sliced pears, apples and fennel, dressed in olive oil and fresh herbs.

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                            Violatp Jan 24, 2013 06:35 PM

                            Has anyone mentioned persimmons? Great for a winter fruit salad...

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                              HillJ Jan 24, 2013 07:21 PM

                              This time of year we enjoy diced orange, grapefruit, pineapple, star fruit, pomm seeds, banana, pears, apples, apricots tossed in a mint simple syrup and served over slightly warmed goat cheese.

                              1. Cherylptw Jan 24, 2013 07:59 PM

                                Ruby grapefruit segments, blood orange segments, sliced banana....make a dressing of cream of coconut and coarsely ground black pepper, drizzle over the fruits then top with pistachio nuts and golden toasted coconut.

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                                1. re: Cherylptw
                                  mamachef Jan 25, 2013 04:29 AM

                                  Whoa. Now, this sounds amazing, thank you!!

                                  1. re: mamachef
                                    Cherylptw Jan 25, 2013 11:02 PM

                                    You're welcome, enjoy!

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                                  tastesgoodwhatisit Jan 26, 2013 05:31 AM

                                  Chopped Chinese celery (with leaves), orange segments, thinly sliced onion (soaked for a bit in white rice vinegar), and toasted walnuts. Topped with a drizzle of good olive oil and freshly ground pepper. Add fresh pomegranate seeds if you've got them.

                                  1. c oliver Dec 24, 2013 05:37 PM

                                    Bump to an old thread.

                                    Thanks to prima for that FN winter fruit salad recipe which I finally made yesterday. It was GREAT! The only ingredient I couldn't find was the kumquats. That "syrup" with vanilla bean, ginger, orange and lemon zest is really what made it shine. Otherwise it would have been a nice, pretty, flavorful bowl of fruit. This was something special IMO. It was a lot of liquid and I'm wondering if I'd cut the amount in half next time. I served it in a bowl with a slotted spoon. It was even a hit with the two year old grandbabies :) CH continues to guide me to the best food. Thanks again, prima.

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                                    1. re: c oliver
                                      prima Dec 24, 2013 08:08 PM

                                      Glad it worked out well! Merry Xmas, c oliver. :)

                                      1. re: prima
                                        c oliver Dec 24, 2013 08:13 PM

                                        Better than "worked out." And to you too, prima :)

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