Thursday, January 24, 2013

Honey Citrus Fruit Salad

The locavore in me cringes a bit at the sight of a fruit salad in January. What produce there is this time of year is usually limping along wishing for the sunshine not manufactured in a greenhouse. Particularly those sad, out-of-season berries. Which is why, when nothing but a fruit salad will do, dead-of-winter notwithstanding, it needs a little sprucing up.

My mom used to squeeze a little lime over top of melon for a delicious summery treat, and I couldn't get enough of it -- still can't. Just adding a little honey and lime to any fruit will make it sing happy, happy songs any time of year, but especially when your strawberries have an inch of greenish white protruding under the leaves... Actually, if those are the best strawberries you can find, you should probably wait and hope for better things.


In addition to being a great way to give out of season produce a leg up, this really is a delightful mix of tastes and textures, all brought together with some sweet honey and sweet-tart citrus. For this, I use a combination of lime juice and clementine juice, which is unbelievably divine. Just imagine the fireworks in store for you when the fruit is at its peak!


Honey Citrus Fruit Salad

1-2 Tbsp. honey
juice of 1/2 a lime
juice of 1/2 a clementine
dash of salt
about 1 - 2 c. each of the following:
clementine segments
strawberries, quartered
red and/or green grapes, removed from bunch
pineapple, cut into bite-sized chunks

In the bottom of a large, non-reactive mixing bowl, whisk together honey, lime juice, clementine juice, and salt until well combined.
Add fruits on top, and gently combine together with the honey mixture on the bottom of the bowl.


  1. Wow, this takes me back to the time where my mom and I would pick up fruits in the farm and hangout in my tiny teepee whenever we have the chance. Anyways, I love the recipe. Thanks!

    1. Thanks for your comment, Vinny! Sounds like you have some great memories with your mom -- makes me want to build a teepee for my son and me to hide out in! So glad you liked the recipe!


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