Fruit salads are easy prey for monotony. If you make fruit salads often, how often do you switch out the ingredients? So many of us get into a routine of what fruit salad should look like – pineapple, melon, strawberries. It’s just like a regular green salad, which for so many includes lettuce and a small selection of regularly used ingredients. We do ourselves a disservice in these areas because salads have an infinite number of variations with an enormous number of different ingredients that can be used. If you have trouble thinking of fruit salad variations, just look to the season and pick the fruit that is at its best right now.
For winter fruit salads, mandarins, pears and pomegranates are very common in North America and abundantly available in winter. Pomegranates are in season from September through November, but they keep very well and you’ll find them readily available all the way through January in many grocery stores. (learn more about how to cut a pomegranate here.) Mandarins and Clementines have almost become synonymous with the holidays and are around from early winter to early spring. Pears are another winter fruit with many varieties that can be found all winter long. When buying, look for a pear that is just slightly pliable around the base of the stem, or make sure you buy the pears a few days ahead of time so that they can ripen in your fruit bowl.