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Enjoy all the best of in-season flavors with this Winter Fruit Salad with Cinnamon Vanilla Dressing. It’s great for the holidays, a potluck, or Thanksgiving! This easy-to-make recipe is great for chefs of all ages!
With the winter holidays fast approaching, time spent in the kitchen seems to amplify; and if you have kids, then you quickly discover how helpful (albeit slow) extra hands can be. Today’s Winter Fruit Salad with Cinnamon Vanilla Dressing is a great teamwork recipe and is perfect for little hands of all ages.
100 Days of Sunshine
Now that Daylight Savings has ended and the days are shorter, we are all challenged to find sunshine and all things merry and bright in this otherwise drab season. For my family, one of those things is Cuties; and my girls love being Cuties Correspondents by sharing them with everyone around them. They fit perfectly in a lunch box for my oldest to take to school and share with her friends, while the adorably chubby hands of my 2 year old can easily peel them and pass them around to those she loves. She gets so excited about seeing them on the table that she’ll run over and hug the bowl (and try to eat them all in one sitting!)
I look forward to Cuties’ return to the store every year, and I’m ecstatic that they are finally here! You too can celebrate 100 Days of Sunshine and brighten someone’s day by sharing some delicious cuties this season! Show it off using #100DaysOfSunshine!
Skills & Techniques
Just because the chefs preparing this Winter Fruit Salad with Cinnamon Vanilla Dressing are pint sized, doesn’t mean that they can’t master some basic culinary proficiencies to make this recipe shine.
- How to Make Simple Syrup. This recipe calls for a standard (or basic) simple syrup. Learn how to get the right ratios and my tips for infusing it with the cinnamon vanilla flavors.
- How To Buy & Store Citrus. Involve the kids by teaching them what to look for at the store and how to keep it fresh when you get it home.
- Apples 101. This recipe uses Fuji apples, but if those aren’t one of your favorites, use the FAQ’s here to help you pick the right apple for you.
Storage and Leftovers
If you have leftovers of this Winter Fruit Salad with Cinnamon Vanilla Dressing, it will hold in your refrigerator in an airtight container for up to five days. During that time, you may find that the apples begin to brown. However, the sugar in the simple syrup will help slow that process.
If you have leftovers of the cinnamon vanilla simple syrup, it will stay fresh in the fridge for up to three months when stored in an airtight container.
Winter Fruit Salad with Cinnamon Vanilla Dressing
One of my favorite things about this recipe is that it gets better overnight. As the dressing settles into the fruit, the natural sugars, cinnamon, and vanilla meld together for a divine flavor combo. This is also a fantastic recipe for kids to work on for Thanksgiving; they can make it ahead, or it can keep hands busy on turkey day.
Get your free printable grocery list for this Winter Fruit Salad with Cinnamon Vanilla Dressing HERE.
This grocery list has everything that you’ll need to make this Winter Fruit Salad with Cinnamon Vanilla Dressing recipe. To help in making grocery shopping simple, each ingredient is listed in easy-to-find grocery store amounts. If there is no amount specified, that means that you can buy the smallest (or largest) container available and still have plenty left over.
Want to try some of our other excellent winter recipes? I recommend:
- Fennel & Orange Marinade
- Creamy Macaroni & Cheese with Butternut Squash
- Mustard Rubbed Pork Loin with Brussels Sprouts and Apples
- Festive Holiday Chestnut Roll Wreath
Happy Cooking!!! 🙂
Winter Fruit Salad with Cinnamon Vanilla Dressing
Enjoy the best of in-season winter fruit with this Winter Fruit Salad with Cinnamon Vanilla Dressing. It's great for the holidays, potlucks, Thanksgiving, and entertaining.
Winter Fruit Salad
- 10 Cuties mandarin oranges, peeled and segmented
- 4 large fuji apples, cored and diced
- 2 pomegranates, arils removed
Cinnamon Vanilla Dressing
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 vanilla bean*, split down the middle and seeds scraped
In a small sauce pot, combine all of the ingredients for the Cinnamon Vanilla dressing. Stirring regularly, bring the mixture to a simmer then turn off the heat and let the dressing cool to room temperature. About 1 hour.
In a bowl, combine the Cuties, diced apple, and pomegranate arils. Stir the cooled cinnamon vanilla dressing a little, then pour desired amount on top of the fruit salad. Toss until the fruit salad is evenly coated. Serve.
*If you don't have a vanilla bean, one tablespoon of vanilla bean paste or pure vanilla extract will work.