Recipe for Winter Fruit Salad – A Dixie Salad Tradition
November 10, 2021
Creamy dixie salad recipe as perfect winter fruit salad

Recipe for Winter Fruit Salad – A Dixie Salad Tradition

This recipe for winter fruit salad is a holiday tradition from my Uncle who was raised in a pomegranate growing area including a section of Nevada, north of Las Vegas and southern Utah. Known as “Dixie”, southern Utah was named for the warm climate and cotton crops reminiscent of the deep south.

It was the Dixie Salad I looked forward to every holiday season. I have now brought that tradition to my own family and introduced it to my husband's family. It makes a lovely light dessert or with yummy ingredients like these, you can feel good about serving it at the dinner table!

Recipe for winter fruit salad by Salt Lake healthy hostess
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Fresh Winter Fruit Salad Recipe Ingredients

Pomegranates, apples, and pecans with coconut whipped cream fruit salad
  • 2 Pomegranates seeded
  • 2 Honeycrisp Apples peeled and chopped
  • 1/2-1 cup Pecans chopped {You can add more pecans if you love them like I do, but my children aren't big fans}
  • 8 oz Whipped Cream or Cool Whip Topping or make our Cream of Coconut Whipped Cream for a dairy-free option

You can also find coconut cool whip from So Delicious and Non-Dairy Almond Redi-Whip spray at larger grocery stores {Smith's & Target had it in Salt Lake}.

Peel, Seed, and Chop Winter Fruits

Apples, pomegranates, and pecans for a winter fruit salad

De-seed your pomegranates.

I like to do it the old fashioned way:

  • Cut each pomegranate lightly from crown all the way around {longitudinal} making sure to pierce the bottom and top where the fruit skin is thickest
  • Gently pull halves apart and let seeds fall into bowl
  • Continue breaking sections apart and pulling seeds away from the white membrane
  • Many claim faster ways to do this but I've found them messy and spend more time pulling off tiny pieces of the white pith for a nice clean bowl of pomegranate seeds

*Wear a dark colored shirt while seeding to avoid stains. But if you do get some juice on your clothing it comes out easily by carefully pouring boiling water over the stain.

Peel and Dice Apples.

Chop pecans

Or purchase pecan pieces. I like using my nut grinder to do a large batch in just a few minutes.

Add Whipped Cream for Creamy Fruit Salad

Cream of Coconut whipped cream

You can make your own whipped cream, dairy free coconut cream shown – recipe here, or purchase Cool Whip or Dairy Free So Delicious Whipped Topping. Carefully fold whipped cream or topping into the winter fruit salad until fully incorporated.

Serve Winter Fruit Salad Recipe

Dixie Salad in white bowl with pomegranate

Now it's all ready to serve. Wasn't that EASY!? It's the best recipe for winter fruit salad ever! Garnish serving bowl with additional pomegranate seeds and chopped pecans and let guests serve themselves or dish up into individual dessert bowls for a beautiful presentation.

If you make this Winter fruit salad, I'd love to hear about it in the comments below. And if you share photos, I want to see it too! Please tag us @partieswithacause on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. We love celebrating all your hard work! 

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Healthy winter fruit salad recipe by Salt Lake healthy hostess

Dixie Salad – Pomegranate Fruit Salad

Winter Fruit Salad pretty enough for the holiday table but light and delicious.
Prep Time30 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dairy free, gluten free, Healthy holiday, healthy treat
Servings: 8 1/2 cup servings
Calories: 131kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 Pomegranates seeded
  • 2 Honeycrisp Apples peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup Pecans chopped
  • 8 oz Whipped Cream or Cool Whip Topping Sub Coconut Whipped Cream for dairy-free

Instructions

  • Cut each pomegranate lightly from crown all the way around making sure to pierce the bottom and top of fruit. Gently pull halves apart and let seeds fall into bowl. Wear a dark colored shirt while seeding to avoid stains.
  • Continue breaking sections apart and pulling seeds away from the white membrane. Many claim faster ways to do this but I've found them messy and ineffective.
  • After seeding each pomegranate set aside a few seeds.
  • Wash apples with fruit spray, then peel and slice. Finally, dice them into bite size pieces. Add to bowl.
  • Chop pecans and add to bowl.
  • Fold in whipped cream or whipped topping and mix well with rubber scraper until all fruit is covered and whipped cream is well incorporated.
  • Top with a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds and chopped pecans. Best served chilled the same day.
  • Dixie fruit salad will still be good the next day but whipped cream will start to separate so add a little more whipped cream and remix before serving.

Notes

If you do get a pomegranate juice stain on your clothes CAREFULLY use boiling water to get it out before it sets. 
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