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This winter fruit salad recipe is a colorful variety of fresh fruit tossed in a light honey poppy seed dressing. Serve this salad with a bowl of soup for the perfect easy winter meal!
There’s nothing like a warm, hearty bowl of soup on a cold winter day, am I right? It’s National Soup Month, and we are celebrating in my house by having soup for dinner a few times a week! My kids love soup, and I love how convenient it can be to make on short notice, hooray for #NationalSoupMonth. This winter fruit salad is the perfect accompaniment to a soup dinner, and best of all, the kids can even help make it!
I often serve bread alongside my soup, but decided to go with this winter fruit salad to lighten things up a bit. By swapping out bread for fruit as a side dish, I’ve been able to get more nutrients into our diet which is one of the goals I’ve been working on in the new year. My family doesn’t even mind the change!
My daughters love to help me in the kitchen, and this winter fruit salad is the perfect way to get them involved in the cooking process. When I’m looking for an easy dinner, I start with a bag of Bear Creek Soup, we’re currently loving the Cheddar Broccoli variety.
I add some fresh or frozen broccoli to my soup to get some extra veggies into the kids. Bear Creek Soup mixes come in both family size bags (8 servings) or individual sized bowls, making them well suited for any cold weather meal. These soup mixes come in multiple flavors, and are made with a special blend of herbs and spices that adds tons of flavor. While the soup is simmering away on the stove, the girls and I put together this fruit salad.
Winter fruit can sometimes be a little lacking – there are only so many apples and bananas you can eat! I put together this combination of mandarin oranges, kiwi, pineapple and pomegranate for a fresh and colorful fruit salad that’s anything but boring. I can almost always find ripe pineapples and kiwis year round, and the citrus and pomegranates are in season this time of the year. Sometimes I like to add other seasonal fruit, such as pears, or even grapefruit segments to this salad. My girls help by peeling the oranges, removing the seeds from the pomegranates and they are able to make the dressing without any help from me! This dish proves that fruit salad is not just for summer; it can be a healthful and satisfying dish year round.
This meal is always a hit with my family, and I love that it’s ready in only 20 minutes! Bear Creek Soup Mixes are my go-to pantry staple for fast and delicious dinners.
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Winter Fruit Salad
- 3 cups of cubed pineapple
- 1 cup of peeled, quartered and sliced kiwis
- 2 cups of mandarin orange or clementine segments
- 1/2 cup pomegranate arils
- 3 tablespoons lemon or lime juice
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
- Optional garnish: fresh mint leaves
- Place the pineapple, kiwi, mandarin oranges and pomegranate arils in a large bowl.
- In a small bowl whisk together the lemon juice, honey and poppy seeds.
- Pour the poppy seed dressing over the fruit and toss gently to coat.
- Garnish with mint leaves if desired. Serve with Bear Creek Cheddar Broccoli Soup.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bear Creek Soup Mixes.