4 Sweet & Healthy Fall Salads

4 Sweet & Healthy  Fall Salads

Photo by Michael Stern

These delicious, healthy sweet salads are simply perfect for any occasion. The fresh seasonal fruit all come together to create a yummy snack, appetizer, or side dish.

These sweet fall salads are light, so they are a healthy way to celebrate the season and indulge your sweet:

1. Cranberry orange salad

The fresh Cranberry Orange Dressing makes this salad super healthy; the berries are high in Vitamin C, antioxidants, and fiber. Besides just being tasty and healthy, this salad also looks amazing!

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Ingredients:

– 2 persimmons
– 1 bartlett pear, ripe but not squishy
– 1 apple
– 1 pomegranate
– 1/2 cup lightly toasted and chopped hazelnuts, optional
– Juice of half lemon

Fresh Cranberry Orange Dressing:

– 1 1/2 cup cranberries, fresh
– 2 oranges, peeled
– 1/4 tsp ground ginger
– 1/2 tsp cinnamon
– seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean
– 2 glugs of maple syrup

Instructions:

For the salad:

Rip the stem from persimmons by prying fingers under the leaves. Combine lemon juice and 1 1/2 cup of water in a medium bowl. Core, slice and chop pear segments and apple and put in lemon water to prevent browning. Slice pomegranate in half and remove the seeds.

For the dressing:

Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender until smooth. Layer everything in a short bowl and top with dressing and hazelnuts. Serve and enjoy.

2. Fruit cinnamon salad

Fall fruit tossed with a creamy spiced dressing & topped with walnuts is so simple and delicious salad. Sweet pears and crisp apples, together with creamy, sweet-spiced dressing, sprinkled with chopped walnuts to make it crunchy. So simple but so delicious.

Ingredients:

– 3 medium pears, diced
– 3 medium apples, diced
– 2 cup halved red grapes
– 1/3 cup Greek yogurt (non-fat)
– 2 tsp freshly grated lemon zest
– 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice (from the zested lemon)
– 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/2 tsp cinnamon
– 1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions:

Put grapes, pears, and apples in a large bowl and toss gently until combined. Set aside. To a small bowl add the yogurt, lemon zest, lemon juice, vanilla and cinnamon and use a wire whisk to blend it well. Drizzle dressing over the fruit and toss gently again until fruit is coated. Put all into bowls and sprinkle with walnuts and serve.

3. The fall fruit salad

This healthy fruit salad allows you to satisfy your sweet cravings without getting pounds or feeling guilty about it. The fresh fruits are juicy and will curb your appetite without leaving you overly full, and it is so easy to make.

Ingredients:

– 1/2 of medium pineapple, peeled and diced
– 2 bananas, sliced
– 3 kiwis, peeled and diced
– 1 apple, cored and diced
– 1 pomegranate, seeded

Instructions:

Mix pineapple, bananas, kiwi and apple together well, but gently and leave in a fridge for an hour at last.

4. Fresh fruit fall salad

A Light lime syrup harmonizes the flavors of the fruits in this salad. Also, you can take almost any fruit you wish, but if you plan to use bananas, pears or apples add them just before serving so that they don’t brown.

Ingredients:

– 2 tbs. lime juice
– 2 tbs. fresh mint, chopped
– 4 clementines or mandarin oranges, segmented and sliced
– 2 kiwifruits, peeled, sliced
– 1 cup pineapple cubes
– ¼ cup dried cherries or dried cranberries

Optional:

1 carambola (star fruit), sliced (½ cup), optional

Instructions:

Use lime juice with mint and stir. Combine dried and fresh fruit in a medium bowl. Stir in lime syrup. Cover and chill for a half an hour minimum. Garnish each serving with mint.