Maple syrup gets spiced up and tossed with the season’s best produce in this Winter Fruit Salad. You’ll be seeing this at meal time all winter.

Overhead view of Winter Fruit Salad. Diced apples, pears, and grapes tossed in a spiced maple syrup dressing. From ChefSarahElizabeth.com

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Cinnamon is the top of my list when I think about warm spices that I crave during the cold fall and winter months. It seems like it is such a classic flavor and aroma. In this Winter Fruit Salad, I’ve combined that with maple syrup and allspice for a sweet and spicy dressing to drizzle on your favorite fall or winter fruits.

Overhead view of the recipe ingredients. Whole grapes, apples, pears. A bowl of maple syrup and a bowl of spices for Winter Fruit Salad from ChefSarahElizabeth.com

I used apples, pears, and grapes because that is what came in my produce box this week, and those fruits are very easy to find this time of year both at farmer’s markets and grocery stores. If you love kiwi, oranges, or berries, you can definitely add to this mix.

Close up on the drizzle! Spiced maple syrup dressing being drizzled on Winter Fruit Salad from ChefSarahElizabeth.com

The main thing to keep in mind here is to chop your fruits so they are all about the same size. Dice the pears and apples into cubes, and cut the grapes in half. This ensures you get a nice bite of everything on each forkful.

Straight-On shot of a fork with a bite of Winter Fruit Salad. A piece of halved grape, diced apple, and diced pear speared on the tines of a fork. ChefSarahElizabeth.com

Another thing I do is to use slightly underripe pears. Ripe pears tend to be very soft and juicy. Which is marvelous when eaten on their own. It’s not so great when you’re trying to dice and then toss. They get a little mushy. So choose pears that are still a bit firm. If you make this Winter Fruit Salad a day ahead of time, they fruits will absorb more flavor and soften, too.

Winter Fruit Salad
Yield: serves 6

Winter Fruit Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Maple syrup gets spiced up and tossed with the season's best produce in this Winter Fruit Salad. You'll be seeing this at meal time all winter.

Ingredients

  • 1 large pear, slightly underripe
  • 2 apples
  • 1 small bunch grapes
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • pinch sea salt

Instructions

  1. Dice the pear and apples, and slice the grapes in half. Combine all the fruit in a mixing bowl.
  2. In a small heatproof bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, cinnamon, allspice, and salt. Place in the microwave for 10 seconds, and stir again. This heats the maple syrup just enough to help mix in the spices.
  3. Drizzle the maple syrup dressing over the fruit and toss to combine well.
  4. Serve immediately or store in the fridge overnight to allow the flavors to marry and the fruit to soften slightly.

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