Winter: Prime Time for Festive Fruit
Add color and nutrition to your holiday table with these fruit recipes.
12 Festive Fruit Tips continued...
6. For a super-easy way to add flavor and color to any dish, be it stuffing,
muffins, salads, or entrées, try dried cranberries in bags (usually near the
raisins in your market). Or, choose dried cherries, which are also available at
7. Although fresh cranberries are sour and hard when raw, they become
wonderfully tart and chewy when simmered in juice or water with a touch of
sugar or honey, says Rouslin. "Cranberries can be added to starch dishes,
such as rice or couscous, for added color and flavor," Rouslin says.
8. Avocados add a splash of color and creamy texture to holiday salads,
soups, appetizers, or casseroles. A decorative way of serving them is to cut
avocados lengthwise into slices, then fan out the slices. Shrimp or crab salad
is wonderful served in a pitted avocado half.
9. Kiwi fruit, while a bit pricey in winter months, are available in some
supermarkets. They add a beautiful green color and fabulous flavor to any fruit
salad or platter.
10. Thread bite-size pieces of colorful fruit onto a kabob or short bamboo
skewer, and suddenly it's a party! Some fresh fruits that work well on skewers
are kumquats, sliced kiwi, orange wedges, and imported grapes and strawberries.
Pineapple chunks packed in juice and bottled cherries also work well.
11. Fruit with nuts is a match made in holiday heaven. Just adding a handful
of nuts to fruit salads or desserts makes them more festive.
12. According to Cardoz, adding spices gives fruit complexity and
complements its natural flavors. "Spices like cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg
are great warming spices that have healthful benefits in winter," he
Festive Fruit Recipes
Holiday Pear Pecan Salad
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic members: Journal as 1 portion of
fresh fruit plus 1 tablespoon nuts
This salad is crunchy thanks to the pears, apples, and celery. The dried
fruit and nuts make it festive.
1/2 cup pecan pieces (or substitute walnut pieces)
3 diced pears (such as red Bartlett or Anjou), ripe but still crisp
1 large crisp apple, like Granny Smith or Fuji, diced
1 1/2 cups celery, sliced on a diagonal
1/2 cup dried cranberries (or dried cherries)
1/3 cup Apple Cider Dressing (instructions below)