beautiful winter fruit salad arranged on a platter

A Zesty Citrus, Kiwi and Walnut Salad

You’ll love this Citrus, Kiwi, and Walnut Salad. This refreshing medley combines the bright and tangy essence of citrus fruits with the luscious sweetness of kiwi. A winter fruit salad that dances on your palate. To add a delightful crunch and a touch of earthiness, we’ve incorporated walnuts, infusing the salad with a satisfying texture. We’ve also topped it with a sprinkle of funky cotija and spicy peppers. It’s a blend of fresh, zesty, and nutty goodness that will help brighten even the dreariest of winter days.

How to Make This Beautiful Winter Fruit Salad

Winter fruit salads are a delightful way to celebrate the season’s bounty. They showcase the best of what winter has to offer – a burst of refreshing, vibrant flavors that can brighten up your plate. This salad is just as easy to prepare as it is beautiful. Simply arrange the ingredients however you like on a platter and let their natural beauty shine.

prepping ingredients for this winter fruit salad with citrus and kiwis

Pomegranate Arils: Add a burst of ruby-red jewels by sprinkling over pomegranate arils.

Kiwis: Kiwi’s bright green color and tangy taste can be like a tropical vacation for your taste buds.

Nuts: For a touch of earthiness and a satisfying crunch, don’t forget the nuts. Toasted walnuts add depth and texture to your salad.

Dried Fruits: Of course, dried fruits like California Prunes are always in season. Here they add a pleasant sweetness and a nutritional boost to our salad.

Get Cheesy: Salty cotija cheese adds a surprising pop of flavor and is a great compliment to the tangy citrus, and toasted nuts.

Dress to Impress: A simple citrus vinaigrette with a hint of honey complements the natural sweetness of the fruits and ties all the flavors together.

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Whole-wheat orzo and fresh baby arugula and provide a memorable balance of flavors, textures, and colors, while prunes add a touch of natural sweetness to this healthy orzo salad.


Zesty Asian Chicken Salad

Coconut aminos give this Asian-style chicken salad the flavor of soy without the gluten. Fresh ginger and garlic add a zesty kick, while the sweetness of prunes balances it out. This one is a crowd-pleaser! 


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Winter Fruit Salad with Citrus, Kiwi and Walnuts

Alison Needham | A Girl Defloured
In California, salads are a year-round thing. This colorful winter fruit salad is a savory spin on fruit salad that takes advantage of California’s abundant citrus. Use a mixture of oranges and grapefruits, along with bright green kiwis and ruby red pomegranate arils for an added pop of color.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 126 kcal


  • Arils from one pomegranate about ½ cup
  • 8 prunes quartered
  • 2 ounces cotija cheese crumbled
  • 3 TBSP extra-virgin olive oil
  • Zest and juice from one lime
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ cup toasted walnuts coarsely chopped
  • 5 sprigs mint
  • ½ small chile such as serrano ribs and seeds removed, if less heat is desired, thinly sliced into rings
  • ½ cup arugula leaves
  • Flaky salt


  • Remove peel and pith from oranges and grapefruit with a sharp knife. Slice into thin rounds; remove seeds. Peel kiwifruits and slice into ¼ inch / 6 mm rounds.
  • Spread arugula on a platter then arrange citrus, kiwi, and cheese over the top. Drizzle with oil and lime juice; season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with lime zest, pomegranate arils, chopped walnuts, mint, and chile; serve immediately.


Serving: 1portionCalories: 126kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 1gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 125mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 145IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword arugula, california prunes, chili, citrus salad, cotija, extra virgin olive oil, kiwi, mint, pomegranate, walnuts, winter fruit salad
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