I love fresh fruit in the summertime because you can often buy produce at local farms or farmer’s markets. Everything is fresh and the selection is varied!
Although the bounty of summer crops produce some of my favorite fruits and vegetables, I think the wintertime has wonderful fruits to offer with citrus fruits being the star! I love to use them in fruit salads in clear serving dishes because they have such a colorful appeal.
For this particular salad, I didn’t divide the orange into its natural sections. Instead, I removed the orange skin by first cutting off the ends and then slicing off the skin in strips all the way around the orange. I finished by cutting the orange into round slices. This is a pretty way to serve oranges in a salad and it looks very appetizing because all the white pith is removed.
For a winter salad, I love to start with oranges and then add fruits typically available year-round, such as apples, grapes, kiwi, and pineapple. Pomegranates are usually available for a period during the fall and winter, although they can be found throughout the year in some locations.
One of the things I like to add to a winter fruit salad is a topping such as this brown sugar whipped cream. It is tasty enough to eat on its own! If you are not used to working with whipping cream, you might be surprised at how easy it is to make a whipped topping. This one uses vanilla bean paste with hundreds of vanilla beans to flavor. However, you can substitute vanilla extract for the paste if that is all you have on hand.