If you are looking for a holiday side dish that adds a burst of seasonal flavor to your dining table this fruit salad recipe is it.
Fruit salad is crisp, colorful, and refreshingly delicious. Easy to prepare it is a non-traditional side plate that children and adults alike will enjoy.
Fruit salad is traditionally served with a summer meal but for Thanksgiving and Christmas it is also ideal. With seasonal mandarin orange slices and colorful red strawberries this is a side that brings a colorful touch to the holiday table.
When you are busy putting together a large holiday meal the ease of food preparation for additional dishes is also an important factor to consider in selecting which ones to include on your menu. This dish passes that test. Even kids enjoy helping to prepare this one.
This festive side dish is seasonally attractive, refreshing, and tasty. For Christmas, Thanksgiving, or the holiday months it is a healthy salad alternative that fits in perfectly for the occasion.
The ingredients are adaptable so feel free to adjust what you put into your salad to suit your family's taste preference. You know best what your family will enjoy.
This recipe serves 4 to 6 people but it is easy to adjust the amount you make to fit the number of people who will be dining.
2 mandarin oranges
1 can of pineapple tidbits
1 bunch of grapes (Your choice: green, red, or both.)
About 1 pound of fresh strawberries
You can easily adapt this recipe by adding in more of your favorite fresh fruits ie: Blueberry, kiwi, pomegranate seeds, or watermelon chunks.
Some Fruits Can be Prepared in Advance but Banana and Apple are Added into the Salad Shortly Before Serving
The Recipe Itself is Very Simple
The good news is that if you have some children around there are a couple jobs that are perfect for them to help out with.
They can pull the grapes away from the stems and also peel and separate the orange sections. This frees your hands up for other tasks.
You will require a large serving bowl to pop your salad into as you prepare it. You can prepare some fruits in advance but bananas and apples are best done just before serving.
Apples once sliced will brown quickly and bananas tend to go mushy if out for an extended period of time so it is important for them to be prepared last.
Add in one can of pineapple tidbits.
Separate orange sections and pop them into the bowl.
Wash apples, strawberries, and grapes.
Separate grapes from stem and put them into your serving bowl.
Half strawberries and add them into the bowl.
Slice bananas and apples and add them into your salad.
Gently mix your fruit together till you have a nice colorful display.
Fruit Salad VS Green or Mayonnaise Base Salad
The best aspect of serving up a fruit salad is that family and guests will enjoy having this non-traditional side dish show up on the table alongside the main meal fare. It is quite the colorful surprise.
Shhh! Don't tell them I let you in on this secret but even kids generally enjoy eating this salad. It is a decorative dish that kids enjoy as much as the adults do.
There are many types of salads you can serve on your holiday table but a fruit salad adds that little touch of color and excitement to the seasonal table setting.
Serve your salad in style. There truly is a natural beauty in wood and families have been serving their salads in wood bowls for hundreds of years. Luxuriously attractive. Beautifully elegant also is a crystal salad bowl. Depending on the atmosphere you wish to create either of these are bold accents to a table. Your salad truly will stand out.
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