In my house, this gorgeous cranberry-citrus fruit salad recipe was an instant hit. Ten years ago, I made it for a side dish to serve on Christmas morning, and it has constantly stayed on the menu ever since. This fruit salad makes the whole kitchen smell so wonderful – cranberries cooking on the stove top, oranges being peeled, grapefruit being sectioned. It is so tempting to try a piece of juicy ripe fruit or a spoonful of the stewed cranberries while assembling this salad! The cranberries and grapefruit are the more dominant fruit flavors, and the mint is so refreshing it would be a shame if it was left out. This recipe also has homemade lemon and orange peel in it along with some good, old-fashioned marmalade. With the unique combination of ingredients, you definitely get both sweet and sour tastes with every spoonful.
I always make this salad the day before to let the flavors meld. This salad tastes great even a couple days after assembling it. Just before serving, I add the sliced bananas and garnish with the fresh mint. One of my daughters doesn’t like fresh bananas, but she will gladly eat them in this salad. Also, all the citrus gives you 83% of your daily value of vitamin C!
I encourage you to try this recipe. It will definitely get your family’s attention the moment they lay their eyes on it, and they will be hooked with the first bite!
- Use navel oranges for flavor and size.
- Use two sweet ruby red grapefruit and one white or pink grapefruit for added flavor and color.
- Use room temperature grapefruit; it will yield more juice.
- The stewed cranberry sauce can be made days in advance, if needed.
- Make ahead, but add the bananas and mint just before serving.
- This salad tastes best chilled: allow several hours of chilling for the flavors to meld.
- Speed up the prep time by getting a helper to peel and section the citrus.
Looking for more ways to eat fresh fruit? Try these other tasty recipes.
- Pecan and Orange Cranberry Relish: this delicious salad has lots of crunch from toasted pecans and fresh jalapeños.
- Turkey Waldorf Salad Wraps: use up leftover turkey with these colorful and crunchy wraps.
- Spinach and Apple Salad: a healthy and colorful salad that’s low calorie.
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Cranberry-citrus fruit salad is an easy recipe for a winter brunch or Christmas morning. This healthy salad can easily be made ahead for a party, and makes enough for a crowd. Fresh oranges and grapefruit along with bananas and cranberries all come together in this tasty sweet-tart chilled winter salad. Garnish with mint and wait for your guests to be wowed.
- 3 medium grapefruit, sectioned into bite sized pieces (2 ruby red, 1 white or pink)
- 1 cup of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
- 3 medium to large navel oranges, peeled, sectioned, and cut into bite sized pieces
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup orange marmalade
- 3 Tbsp of homemade lemon & orange peel, finely minced (optional)
- 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
- 3 medium bananas
- 2 teaspoons fresh mint
- Cut the three grapefruits in half. Using a grapefruit spoon, remove the grapefruit sections and place in a bowl then squeeze all the juice from each grapefruit half.
- Peel and section the three oranges. Cut each section into bite sized pieces and place in a bowl.
- Measure out one cup of the freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. You can top it up with water if needed.
- Pour the grapefruit juice into a medium sized saucepan, add the sugar, marmalade and the lemon and orange peel. Bring the sugar syrup to a boil. Stir until the sugar is dissolved then reduce the heat.
- Add the cranberries and let the mixture simmer until the cranberry skins pop, which will be around 8 minutes.
- Remove the stewed cranberries from the heat, place in a bowl, and allow to cool before adding the orange and grapefruit sections. Cover the bowl and chill for several hours or overnight.
- Just before serving, add the sliced bananas to the chilled Cranberry-Citrus Fruit Salad and garnish with the freshly chopped mint.
- Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Keywords: Fruit salad, chilled