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Red & Green Christmas Fruit Salad

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Let’s make Christmas Fruit Salad! This red and green fruit salad recipe is a great way to add a little color to the holiday table. (Don’t miss more yummy mix-ins to try below!)

white bowls of Christmas fruit salad with red and green fruit

We are major fans of fruit salad when you’re entertaining or celebrating. It’s a pretty, beautiful side dish that tastes delicious when done right, and it’s always a crowd pleaser at holiday parties and potlucks.

Our secret? A delicious honey lime dressing that pulls everything together! We love this dressing in some of our other fruit salad recipes, too. It’s light, fresh, and the perfect blend of sweet and tangy.

This red and green fruit salad is a perfect side dish for a holiday meal–the vibrant flavors and colors add a pretty touch to a holiday dinner or Christmas morning breakfast or brunch, but it tastes so good you could practically add a dollop of whipped cream and call it dessert!

Best of all, it’s REALLY easy to make, which makes it a no-brainer for your holiday menu. Here’s all you need to make this easy Christmas fruit salad recipe…

red and green fruits lined up to make holiday fruit salad

Simple Ingredients For Christmas Fruit Salad

This holiday fruit salad recipe starts with a simple honey lime dressing and fresh fruit. Easy peasy, right? Let’s take a look:

  • Lime Zest & Lime Juice. Our easy dressing only requires 3 ingredients and 2 of them are lime! You’ll need both the fresh lime zest and the lime juice for the dressing. It adds bright lime flavor that’s LOVELY with the fruit.
  • Honey. Next up is honey. This adds sweetness to this honey lime Christmas fruit salad. If you’re vegan, you can use agave instead!
  • Green Grapes. Taking a cue from our classic Honey Lime Fruit Salad, I’m starting with a base of green grapes. They’re bright, sweet, and add lovely green color to this salad.
  • Strawberries. Then, you’ll need fresh strawberries. Even if they’re not super sweet, the dressing will make them taste amazing!
  • Kiwi. Green kiwis add another layer of green flavor, plus a little tanginess. I love them here, but you can absolutely use more green grapes or swap in green apples instead, if you prefer.
  • Raspberries. They’re delicate, but BEAUTIFUL. Be gentle with them as you go!
  • Pomegranate. Last, but not least, I love to add some pomegranate seeds (pomegranate arils) to this festive Christmas fruit salad since they look like pretty little gems. You can buy prepared pomegranate seeds, or use this tutorial to seed a whole pomegranate.
drizzling honey lime dressing on red and green christmas fruit salad

More Red & Green Fruit To Try

The ingredient list above is our go-to combination for this holiday fruit salad recipe, but there are more delicious options out there if you can’t find something at your grocery store. Here are a few other red and green fruits to try adding to this festive fruit salad:

Red Fruits

  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Pomegranate Arils (Pomegranate Seeds)
  • Honeycrisp Apples (or other red apples!)
  • Red Grapes
  • Red Pears
  • Redcurrant
  • Blood Orange
  • Watermelon
  • Plum
  • Cherries

Green Fruits

  • Green Grapes
  • Green Kiwi
  • Green Apples
  • Green Pears (Anjou, Bartlett)
  • Honeydew
  • Starfruit

We love the classic red and green look for this special fruit salad, but you can absolutely add other seasonal fruit!

Christmas fruit salad with green grapes, strawberries, raspberries, pomegranate, and kiwi

FAQ + Tips And Tricks For The Best Holiday Fruit Salad:

Make Ahead Tips

Since the fruit can be delicate (especially the raspberries!), it’s a good idea to prep the components separately if you’re making it in advance. I recommend washing and preparing the fruit and storing it individually, then mixing up the dressing and storing it separately. Then, you can quickly combine it right before serving!

Fruit Prep Tips

This fresh fruit salad is REALLY easy to put together, but there are a few little tricks that can make it look even more beautiful:

  • Slice Strawberries. Remove strawberry stems, cut the strawberries in half lengthwise and then cut them into slices. You’ll get small, bite-sized pieces that look beautiful!
  • Slice Grapes. I recommend cutting green grapes in half (or even into thirds if they’re large!), so they’re easier to eat. If you’re serving small children, cut grapes in half lengthwise for safety.
  • Use Care With Raspberries. Be super gentle with the raspberries, as they’re the most delicate!
  • Protect Apples. If you’re adding apples and prepping them in advance, you can first toss them with citrus juice to help prevent browning. Pineapple juice, orange juice, lemon juice, and lime juice all work! (If you’re adding apples right away, there’s no need for this step since they honey-lime dressing will help protect them.)

Try It With Mint!

If you like mint, this salad looks gorgeous and tastes amazing with a little fresh mint mixed into the dressing. (We use this trick in our Cherry Berry Fruit Salad and Watermelon Fruit Salad and LOVE it!)

red and green fruit salad in a white serving bowl

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white bowls of Christmas fruit salad with red and green fruit

Red & Green Christmas Fruit Salad


  • Author: Emily Dixon, One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 cups salad 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This red and green fruit salad recipe is a great way to add a little color to the holiday table! (Try it for Christmas dinner or Christmas brunch!)


Ingredients

Scale

For Honey Lime Dressing:

  • 2 teaspoons lime zest (Zest of 1 lime)
  • 2 Tablespoons juice (Juice of 1 lime)
  • 2 Tablespoons honey (use agave, for vegan)

For The Christmas Fruit Salad:

  • 2 cups green grapes, cut half (or thirds, if large)
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cup green kiwi, quartered lengthwise and sliced (about 3 kiwi)
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds

Instructions

  1. Make The Dressing. In a small bowl, combine lime zest, lime juice, and honey. Whisk to combine until well blended. (Dressing can be made a day in advance and stored in the refrigerator.)
  2. Wash & Prep Fruit. If you haven’t already, wash and prepare the fruit. Try to cut everything into small, bite-sized pieces. This will look better and be easier to eat!
  3. Combine Fruit. In a large bowl, combine grapes, strawberries, kiwi, raspberries, and pomegranate seeds.
  4. Gently Coat With Dressing. Drizzle salad with honey lime dressing and GENTLY stir to coat. (Try to be extra gentle with the raspberries! You can even add them last, if you like.)
  5. Serve & Store. Transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy right away or serve within 2 hours for best results. Store leftover fruit salad in an airtight container in the fridge and eat within 2 days. (It will soften and get more juicy each day!)

Notes

  • Make Ahead Tips. For best results, prep and store the dressing and fruit separately until right before serving. I recommend storing fruit individually, if possible. Serve within 2 hours of making this salad.
  • Try it With Mint! Sometimes, I love to mix a little minced fresh mint into the dressing with the lime zest. Or you can garnish the salad with a sprig of mint for pretty presentation.
  • More Red & Green Fruit To Try: Honeycrisp apples, green apples, red grapes, honeydew, redcurrant berries, red pears or green pears, starfruit, etc.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: No-Cook
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: christmas fruit salad, red and green fruit salad, holiday fruit salad,

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