Fruit salad has a tendency to be associated with summer, but this time of year we have some of the BEST fresh fruits available to us. Citrus fruits are at their peak in winter and pomegranates are around in late fall to winter too. I don’t think its any coincidence that when we are more prone to sickness, nature has the fruits packed with the most vitamin C ready for us!
Although I do try to stick with seasons on certain fruits, we buy whatever we can find in the produce section, basically all year long. I used to feel a little dirty buying strawberries in January, but it’s always better to buy fresh, whole foods over processed foods. To keep healthy and happy, I buy out the produce department whenever I shop. I process our fruit into ready to eat jars and most days I start every day off with a fresh fruit salad for my littlest two nerds. This time of year meals can often be heavy, especially between grocery trips, so this is nice, light and fresh which is a real treat.
Winter Fruit with Homemade Pomegranate Molasses
This fresh fruit plate is delicious with just oranges and pomegranates with pomegranate molasses but you could use an array of citrus fruits such as blood oranges, grapefruit, or any other favorites you like. If you have nice firm pears, persimmons or another fruit on hand you can add them too. You can serve this with just about any meal, its light, fresh and versatile. It’s great with light meats or salads, its nice with yogurt and oatmeal, its also a lovely, simple Whole 30 compliant dessert. The only step you need to prepare in advance is the pomegranate molasses.
- 2-3 Oranges, peeled and sliced thinly (use any variety of citrus you like)
- Pomegranate Arils (from about half of a pomegranate)
- Homemade Pomegranate Molasses
-Lay sliced citrus out on a platter, sprinkle pomegranate arils over top and drizzle with pomegranate molasses.
Breakfast- Pistachios, raw honey, yogurt, oatmeal or as-is.
Lunch/Dinner – This would pair well with a light seafood, grilled meat and a side salad. (it would go great IN a salad with chicken. Think, winter cobb with chicken and pecans!)
Dessert or Cheese Course- This can be served with your favorite cheese board or it could be a light dessert served by itself or along with yogurt, or a light vanilla custard.