Holiday Fruit Salad

This fruit salad is not only heart-healthy but also provides a variety of vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber. It’s a light and refreshing dessert option that can be enjoyed during the holiday season. As always, it’s advisable for individuals with specific dietary concerns or restrictions to consult with their healthcare team or a registered dietitian.

For the Salad:

2 cups fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
1 cup diced mango
1 cup diced pineapple
1 cup seedless grapes, halved
1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
1 cup pomegranate arils

For the Honey-Lime Dressing:
2 tablespoons honey (adjust to taste)
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint (optional)

Prepare the Fruit: Wash and chop all the fruits as per the ingredient list. Combine them in a large bowl.

Make the Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together honey, lime juice, lime zest, and chopped mint (if using). Adjust the sweetness with honey according to your preference.

Combine: Pour the honey-lime dressing over the mixed fruits and gently toss to coat evenly.

Chill: Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld and the salad to chill.

Serve: Just before serving, give the fruit salad a final gentle toss. You can garnish with additional mint leaves if desired.

Optional: For an extra crunch, you can sprinkle a tablespoon of chopped nuts (such as almonds or walnuts) on top just before serving. Consider adding a tablespoon of chia seeds for added nutritional benefits.

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