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Last Updated on 25/06/2020 by Adina


A vibrant and wonderfully aromatic winter fruit salad with exotic fruit like persimmons, pineapple, and mandarins.




An aromatic winter fruit salad full of flavorful fruit like persimmons, papaya or apples, clementines, grapes or kiwis, lychees or whatever other fruit you choose to have.

The perfect Christmas fruit salad, a light, and delicious dessert, perfect after a heavier Christmas lunch or dinner.


Winter Fruit Salad with Cinnamon Star Anise Dressing



Ideally, any kind of exotic, winter fruit.

What I always use are persimmons – I actually never make this salad if I cannot find any persimmons, I adore them.

I also use clementines or mandarins, one or two kiwis and some lychees (either fresh or canned is fine).

The rest changes according to what I find or what I feel like eating. If I can get papaya, then I buy papaya, if I cannot find I take apples instead.

Physalis is always great, but not always available. I add them when I have them. If not, I make this Christmas fruit salad using more grapes or more clementines.

Or pineapple, if you can get a nice and sweet one, then pineapple is always a great choice!


Winter Fruit Salad with Cinnamon Star Anise Dressing




The dressing I used was some leftover from the Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomelo and Cinnamon that I had made the day before, one of Yotam Ottolenghi’s wonderful recipes from Plenty More, Christmas Fruit Salad.

He suggested to use the leftover marinade for a fruit salad and, obediently, I did. And it was absolutely fantastic.

Making dressing for a fruit salad might sound like too much work. After all, the fruit is always sweet and aromatic and a simple fruit salad doesn’t necessarily require any kind of dressing. Most of the time, I can get away with just sprinkling a little sugar on top or adding a little elderflower or mint syrup to the salad.

But do take the extra 3 or 4 minutes to make this special dressing, you will love it! It is so spicy and aromatic and fits everything so perfectly.

And it really takes only minutes to make: just bring a tiny amount of sugar, water, cinnamon stick, Christmas Fruit Salad, and star anise, Christmas Fruit Salad to a boil (1-2 minutes), dissolve the sugar for 1 minute and add the lemon juice. That’s it! And it is perfect!


Winter Fruit Salad with Cinnamon Star Anise Dressing




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winter fruit salad with sugar syrup dressing in a glass



christmas fruit salad in a glass bowl

Christmas Fruit Salad

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes

A vibrant and aromatic winter fruit salad perfect for Christmas. Full of exotic fruit like persimmons, lychees, and clementines and dressed in spicy sugar syrup and cinnamon dressing.


  • 50 g/ 1.8 oz/ ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 50 ml/ 1.7 fl.oz/ 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise pods
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 medium papaya or 1-2 apples
  • 1 persimmon
  • 1 bunch of small seedless grapes or 2 kiwis
  • about 10 lychees
  • about 10 physalis
  • 2-3 small clementines


  1. Bring the sugar, water, cinnamon, and star anise to a simmer and cook for 1 minute, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and add 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Let cool down while preparing the fruit. When cool, remove the cinnamon stick and the star anise.
  2. Peel, when necessary, and chop the fruit into bite-size pieces. Cut the clementine segments into 2 or 3 smaller pieces, depending on size. Everything should have roughly the same size.
  3. Place everything into a nice glass bowl and mix gently with the cold dressing. Let the salad sit for about half an hour before serving.
  4. Mix again and adjust the taste with some more lemon juice if necessary.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1/6 of the salad
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 98Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 2gSugar: 21gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.


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[email protected]'s Recipes 15/02/2018 - 07:43

Fresh and good for you!

jenny 07/05/2018 - 06:30

ahhh! I love all the fruits in this salad! Especially lychees and persimmon.


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