This winter fruit salad recipe is a colorful variety of fresh fruit tossed in a light honey poppy seed dressing. The perfect side dish for brunch or a holiday meal!

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Winter fruit salad is a light and colorful side dish.

It’s that time of the year when all the berries and melons disappear from the grocery store, and what’s left is apples, apples and more apples. Oh, and a few oranges and bananas too. This winter fruit salad takes the best of the season and turns it into a light and refreshing side dish that’s packed with color and flavor.

This winter fruit salad is made with oranges, kiwi, pineapple and pomegranates.

How to make winter fruit salad

For this recipe, you’re going to need mandarin oranges, pineapple, kiwi and pomegranates. These are all fruits that are readily available during the winter and they’re a nice change from the standard apples and bananas. The fruit is tossed in a light dressing made from citrus juice, honey and poppy seeds.

You can buy pomegranate seeds that are ready to eat, or get a whole pomegranate and remove the seeds yourself. I typically use those little mandarin oranges that come in mesh bags at the grocery store, but any tangerine variety will also work, so long as it’s seedless.

Winter fruit is topped with an easy sweet and tangy poppy seed dressing.

I garnish my winter fruit salad with a handful of fresh mint leaves, but that’s an optional step. If you like that burst of fresh minty flavor, add them, if not, it’s still an amazingly delicious salad without the hint of mint.

This salad can be made up to 2 hours before you plan to serve it; simply store it covered in the refrigerator until you’re ready to go.

This winter fruit salad is tossed in a honey poppy seed dressing.

What I love about this salad is that it’s unexpected, yet full of vibrant flavors and colors that can bring a little cheer to even the dullest of winter days!

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Winter Fruit Salad

AuthorSara Welch
This winter fruit salad is a colorful variety of fresh fruit tossed in a light honey poppy seed dressing.
This winter fruit salad is a colorful variety of fresh fruit tossed in a light honey poppy seed dressing.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 minute
Total Time10 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Serves 6 servings


  • 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
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon 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.


Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 5mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 34g

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bear Creek Soup Mixes. This post was originally published on January 17, 2017 and was updated on November 1, 2017 with new content.

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  1. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious!!! I added watermelon and made sure to cut everything into tiny pieces to have perfect ratios for every bite ❤️

  2. 5 stars
    I used fresh fruit and lime juice with the honey. Skipped the poppy seeds and mint to make it more little kid friendly. It was amazing! I wasn’t sure before I added the dressing and stirred it altogether, but all great the reviews are spot on! A bit of a labor of love with the pomegranate, pineapple and mandarins, but worth it for a special treat. I thought the pomegranate arils would bleed, but I stirred gently and they didn’t at all. Will make again!

  3. 5 stars
    Been making this for a few years now. I’m asked to make it for every family gathering I attend! I occasionally add other fruit depending on my mood & what looks.

  4. 5 stars
    Such a beautiful and deliciously fresh tasting salad. The combination of fruits is perfect for the autumn season. I loved the simple mixture of lemon juice and honey (I used agave versus honey to make it vegan) for the dressing, too.

  5. 5 stars
    Such a beautiful and refreshing fruit salad – it’s my favorite! I’ve made it several times and shared the salad and the recipe with friends. I use lime and clementine zest and add the juice of a clementine.