The second Christmas I was dating my husband, he visited me at my parents’ house to celebrate the holidays. He arrived with homemade chocolate cake, egg nog and this fruit salad from my mother-in-law’s, Lisa, house. These are Christmas traditions that Lisa grew up with passed down from her mother. I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting Mr. Fitness’ maternal grandmother, but she clearly knew how to make a great fruit salad. 

The only minor change I’ve made is to use unsweetened coconut. You can certainly use sweetened coconut, but if you omit it this is a completely clean recipe. I love making this on a Sunday and packing it in my lunch all week for a snack. 

It’s a great fruit salad for the winter because you can always find these items in the grocery store at a decent price. It has a great flavor and texture in every single bite. Every time I make it Mr. Fitness is sure to remind me to cut the pieces small enough, to get all the “white stuff” off the oranges and all the seeds out of the tangerines… just like his Mom does. 


Lisa's Winter Fruit Salad
  • 2 apples, cored and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 pears, cored and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup of green grapes, halved
  • 1 cup of red seedless grapes, halved
  • 2 oranges, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 tangerines, peeled, deseeded and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup of raisins
  • ½ cup of unsweetened shredded coconut
  • unsweetened almond milk or fat free half and half (optional)
  1. All all the ingredients in a large bowl and toss. Scoop into a bowl and if desired pour a tablespoon of milk or half and half on it.
  2. Store in the fridge for up to one week.