Winter Fruit Salad

I usually like to keep my fruit in its natural state.  But sometimes it is fun to dress it up; especially around the holidays.  You could make this fruit salad for your Christmas dinner, New Year’s Eve party or anytime in the winter when oranges and grapefruit are in season.  It is easy to put together and adds a special twist to your dinner.

Apples, pears, oranges, some grapefruit, and dried cranberries make up this salad with the addition of a vanilla tasting syrup.  This salad will not disappoint. 

Is there a special way you like to adorn your fruit for special times?

Also shared at Gluten Free Fridays.

Winter Fruit Salad


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 cup white soda
  • 2 apples chopped
  • 2 D’Anjou pears chopped
  • 1 large naval orange peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 large grapefruit, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries


  1. Mix sugar and water in liquid measuring cup. Microwave 2 minutes or until it boils. Add vanilla. Chill in refrigerator.
  2. When mixture is chilled, place 1/4 cup white soda in a bowl.
  3. Add chopped fruit to bowl with soda in it.
  4. Mix well and then drain excess soda.
  5. Pour sugar/water/vanilla mixture over fruit. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
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7 Responses to Winter Fruit Salad

  1. Maryann says:

    That reminds me a bit of the salad my parents always made as I was growing up. I found you from GF Friday Blog Hop

    • admin says:

      I always like “remakes” of things I ate growing up, or finding things similar….gives a sense of comfort or something. Thanks for coming by!

  2. I think we channel each other 🙂 LOL I just posted a fruit salad today 🙂 This looks great!
    We have been having such great recipes at our Gluten Free Fridays parties! I really appreciate you being part of the link up and part of the community! 🙂

    Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂
    I hope to see you again this week!

    Cindy from

  3. Susan Meece says:

    I was considering this for thanksgiving. About how many people would this serve?
    Looks good, look forward to making it.

    • admin says:

      Great idea! For a large meal like Thanksgiving, I would say maybe 6-8 people. Really just a guess though…it all depends on how much a person would take.

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