Honeyed Winter Citrus Salad


Growing up, my parents and brother were crazy about fruit; there was never a shortage of it in the kitchen, with Mom dishing it out every chance she got.

I didn’t get it…  

Then Bill and I married…  Two sons, a grandson, and many years later, fruit lovers still rule in my family.

And I still don’t get it…

Am I alone in this?  Maybe I’m missing out on Mother Nature’s bounty, but I could never eat another piece of fruit for the rest of my life and be OK with it!


Colorful anyway!

With the exception of the very few fruits I do enjoy occasionally (rarely):  grapefruit, cherries and pineapple, blueberries and blackberries, plus apple pie and banana bread.  The first 2 are why I love this fruit salad!



If there's no pie, a simple fruit salad can be the perfect ending to your dinner, maybe more appropriate than an elaborate combination.  

Ruby red grapefruit tastes great with it’s tart and tangy flavor, it’s higher in some nutrients, such as Vitamins A and C, than white grapefruit, making it the better choice for us grapefruit lovers.

Navel oranges, the “winter” orange, have a lack of seeds, easy to peel skin, and juicy flesh.  The orange grows a second “twin” fruit opposite its stem.  The second fruit is underdeveloped, but from the outside, it looks like a human navel, hence the name.

Peeling and segmenting grapefruits and oranges is a breeze, here’s the method I’ve been using for years.  If you’ve never tried it, give it a try, it’s easy peasy!

And who doesn’t like maraschino cherries!  The cherries are preserved, sweetened cherries, typically made from light-colored sweet cherries such as Royal Ann or Rainier varieties.   

They’re the “cocktail cherry” in many cocktails, or used as a garnish on foods ranging from fruit salads to baked ham, to ice cream sundaes and pastries, with no pineapple upside-down cake being complete without maraschino cherries.




Toss it all together with a light dressing of honey and lime juice with a touch of strong, spicy, citrusy, aromatic cardamom for added flavor.  

Hope you like it!



Winter Citrus Salad w/Honey Dressing

Ingredients:

2 ruby red grapefruit, peeled and ends trimmed
4 navel oranges, peeled and end trimmed
6 maraschino cherries or more, sliced
¼ t ground cardamom
2 tablespoons honey 
1 tablespoon lime juice

Method:

Peel the grapefruit.
Place a sieve over a medium bowl.
Hold a grapefruit over the bowl, and using a paring knife, cut along the membrane on both sides of each segment.
Free the segments and let them fall into the sieve.
Repeat with remaining grapefruit and oranges. 
Place the fruit segments in a salad bowl.
In a small bowl, whisk together cardamom, vinegar, honey and lime juice, taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
Pour over fruit.
Add sliced cherries and toss lightly.
4-6 servings

Printable recipe


Enjoy!



Comments

  1. We LOVE fruits at our home too. My husband enjoys salads tossed with some seasonal fruits. This is a lovely and delicious dessert, Pam.

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    1. Thanks, Angie! I surely in the minority with fruit. Take care

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  2. Pam, I especially like all the fruits that you do... I would add strawberries, figs and raspberries to the mix. Blueberries are one of my favorites for sure! I like the idea of your fruit salad but I can't eat grapefruit as it interferes with my medications. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. Hi Dave! My mom loved loved strawberries and we had strawberry everything when I was growing up, so they're at the bottom of my list. I like the rest of what you mention though. You have a great week!

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  3. The real question is...when are you making some more of it?

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    1. Hi Bubba! Who knows? If bought the whole fruit section at the market, I'm sure that would make your day!

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  4. glorious! i love fruit. LOVE it. my husband is indifferent about it and i just don't understand! this would make me a very happy eater. :)

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    1. I understand it, Grace! Glad you like the fruit! Take care

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  5. What a delicious looking salad Pam, love the dressing too. I enjoy a big bowl of fruit much more than my husband does, it seems opposites attract.

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    1. Ha! I bet your right with the opposites, Cheri! Take care

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  6. I am a fruit lover and this salad looks devine!

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    1. Great cakelaw! I'm glad you like it too!

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  7. I'm a great fruit lover, almost a fruitarian. Grapes, cherries, clementines are among my favorites and I could devour a kilo per day. Fruit salads are also a constant delight. I like your method of peeling and segmenting; also the addition of honey and lime juice to the salad.
    The picture of your bowl of salad is a professional job.

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    1. Thanks, Duta! You like a good variety of fruit just like my family does.

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  8. oooohhh that honey lime dressing sounds wonderful! I am a fruit lover myself, as long as it's fresh! The older I get the more I enjoy it. Thanks for this lovely recipe Pam - have a terrific week!

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    1. Thanks, Tricia! I'm certainly in the minority but get what you're saying. Take care

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  9. absolutely love fruits and this look delicious Pam !!

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  10. Great dish! I am a fruit lover -- just had a hard-boiled egg and some clementines for breakfast. I'd love to have had this instead. :-) Really nice -- thanks.

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    1. Thanks, John! That hard-boiled egg sounds good and I need to make some soon. :-) Take care

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  11. I didn't grow up eating fruit but I do enjoy it. It is citrus season here in our area of Florida and this citrus salad with its flavorful dressing sounds good and looks so pretty.

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    1. Thanks, Karen! I do really enjoy grapefruit. Mom would broil it sometimes with a little brown sugar on top, yum!

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  12. Really not a fruit lover? More salyt then sweet in general? I love fruits, especially summer ones. But a nice winter fruit salad can be so refreshing. LOVE the cardamom in there.

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    1. Hi Evelyne! Yes, that could be it. Cardamom is a good thing in this. Have a great rest of the week!

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  13. This is such a refreshing fruit salad Pam, and I absolutely love the idea of honey and cardamon...thanks for the post!
    I hope you are enjoying your week :)

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    1. Thanks, Juliana! It has been a good week even if it's snowy and a lot colder now. :-)

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  14. I'm a fruitaholic! Your salad looks amazing!

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    1. Thanks, Liz! Glad you like it.

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  15. That's a lovely salad, Pam. I eat grapefruit and oranges every day but raspberries are my favorite.

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    1. Hi Barbara! I like raspberries too, esp when they're just picked.

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  16. A fruit salad? Yum! We enjoy fruit all the time. Bananas are still not my fave, but they are nutritious, so they are on the grocery list, too. Talking about cold weather, Pam- it's freezing here again. Single digits tonight! BRRRR!
    ~Judy

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    1. Hi Judy! Yes, I saw about your area, it's cold here again and we have a little snow on the ground this morning. Ready for Spring! :-)

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