We tend to eat a lot of heavy foods over the holidays. Unfortunately it can go to the waist, and leave you feeling a bit overstuffed. Well, here’s a chance to lighten up deliciously!
This Winter Fruit Salad is so bright and refreshing!
This salad makes great use of seasonal fruits: apples, pears and mini-oranges. The feta cheese and nuts give it just enough of a hint of richness. It leaves you feeling satisfied, but not weighed down. The different textures, colors and tastes of this fruit salad come together in such pleasing harmony.
This Winter Fruit Salad would be a great part of a New Year’s Eve buffet or New Year’s brunch or pair it with a bowl of soup for a light lunch.
- Juice from 2 Halo, Mandarin, or Clementine oranges, strained to remove pulp
- 1Tbsp white wine vinegar
- ¼ cup canola oil
- 1 small clove garlic, minced
- ¼ tsp salt
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste, divided
- 2 pears, such as Bartlett or Anjou
- 2 apples, such as Gala (pick ripe but firm pears and apples)
- 4 Halo, Mandarin, or Clementine oranges
- 1 stalk of celery
- ⅓ cup of chopped walnuts
- ¼ cup feta cheese (optional)
- Mix the strained orange juice, white wine vinegar, canola oil, minced garlic, salt and black pepper and set aside.
- Slice pears and apples thinly. (I used an 8-segment apple corer/slicer, and then sliced each slice in half again.)
- Peel oranges and separate segments.
- Slice the celery on a bias very thinly.
- Toast chopped walnuts for a couple minutes in a hot skillet.
- To serve either toss everything together in a large bowl and serve family style or you can toss the fruit, celery and dressing together, dole out individual servings and artfully sprinkle with feta (if using) and walnuts.
- Sprinkle with a little extra black pepper and serve.