Brunchtime’s most colorful side salad is getting a welcome upgrade courtesy of a quick-fix orange poppy seed dressing that adds a sweet and sour kick to the season’s star fruits.
It’s hard to believe we are in the final few weeks of 2018! With Christmas only five days away, two things are certain: holiday guests are aplenty, and the need to feed those holiday guests has gone into overdrive.
For the first time in 17 years, my family and I won’t be making our annual trip to Colorado for a white Christmas. Instead, we’ll be staying home in sunny southern California, soaking up the rays and enjoying every second with two new family additions, my fourth baby girl niece and a new sister-in-law.
My mom and I have been busy planning a week’s worth of holiday menus to feed our growing family of eight adults and six babies, all under age 4. As you can imagine, cooking has to be quick, colorful (little ones love eating the rainbow!) and make-ahead-friendly.
Enter this ultimate Fruit Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing, my latest contribution to the Florida’s Natural® Orange Juice Brunch Club.
This is not your ordinary fruit salad. It’s loaded with seven different fruits, including juicy honeydew melon, tangy pineapple, and my personal fall favorite, pomegranate arils.
Unlike traditional fruit salad, this bowl is bursting with citrusy sweetness courtesy of an orange poppy seed dressing made with Florida’s Natural Orange Juice.
This year marks my fourth year partnering with Florida’s Natural, and while previous recipe creations have become dinner staples at our house (hello, Baked Orange Chicken Tenders!), this fruit salad has quickly become a beloved brunch item requested by both my husband and 2-year-old.
I feel good serving this to our family of adult and kid taste-testers alike because I know that Florida’s Natural Orange Juice is made from only one ingredient and one ingredient only: Florida oranges.
Not only does dressing the fruit in orange poppy seed dressing enhance the flavors of the fruits, but it also extends the freshness factor. I like to whip up this fruit salad a day in advance and toss it with the orange dressing then keep it covered in the fridge until it’s ready to serve. The added chill time amplifies the flavors and allows the tangy orange juice to soak into the fruit for a burst of juicy flavor in every bite.
Ready to see this citrusy standout in action? Tune in to the video below!
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For the dressing:
- 1/3 cup Florida’s Natural® Orange Juice
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
For the fruit salad:
- 2 cups diced cantaloupe
- 2 cups diced honeydew melon
- 1 cup diced pineapple
- 2 cups halved green or red grapes
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1/2 cup pomegranate arils
- Fresh mint, for garnishing
Make the dressing:
- In a small bowl, whisk together the orange juice, honey and poppy seeds. Set the dressing aside.
Make the fruit salad:
- In a large bowl, combine the cantaloupe, honeydew melon, pineapple, grapes, raspberries, blueberries and pomegranate arils.
- Toss the fruit together then drizzle it with the prepared dressing.
- Garnish with fresh mint and serve immediately or refrigerate, covered, up to 24 hours before serving.
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Recipe by Kelly Senyei of Just a Taste. Please do not reprint this recipe without my permission. If you'd like to feature this recipe on your site, please rewrite the method of preparation and link to this post as the original source.
Disclosure: I’ve partnered with Florida’s Natural for an exclusive endorsement of not-from-concentrate Florida’s Natural® Orange Juice. This blog post is sponsored by Florida’s Natural®. All opinions are my own.