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Jeweled Citrus Salad

Juicy and sweet with a hint of lime, this salad really surprised me! I’ve been seeing all these wonderful holiday fruit salads with pomegranate arils, but I was looking for something simpler. Something elegant. Something that looked like a million bucks but cost me very little time and energy.

With a little imagination, I got this salad right on the first try! And I’ve made it several times since! It’s so fresh and perky without being too sour or too sweet! I use a jar of Del Monte red grapefruit for the grapefruit portion of the recipe every time so although it’s possible to section a grapefruit yourself here, grapefruit tend to vary greatly in their level of sweetness which may affect the overall flavor of the recipe. If you use a fresh grapefruit, adjust the honey as needed. I think you’d be pretty safe to use fresh clementines as a substitute for the canned mandarin oranges.

holiday fruit salad in a white filigree dish
This recipe for sparkling holiday fruit salad made of grapefruit, mandarin oranges and pomegranate arils is quick and easy to prepare.

Pomegranate arils are the edible portion of the pomegranate fruit. If you slice open a pomegranate you will see all the little bubble-like arils in clusters that are separated by the white walls of albedo. Each juicy aril is formed around a crunchy edible seed. By bending back the outer rind, the seeds are easy to extract with gentle fingers brushing them away from the albedo. Or easier yet, you can purchase just the pomegranate arils already separated from your local grocery. If you choose to purchase a pomegranate for this recipe instead of ready-to-use arils, you will need about 1/2 a pomegranate.

You can make this ahead of time or right before serving. I do like to give the lime and honey a little while (an hour?) to meld with the fruit. The longer it sits however, the more it will juice and the more you will have to strain off while serving. This isn’t a real problem, but you will notice it if you refrigerate it a day ahead.

This sparkly salad reminded me of jewels and so the name was born! It looks so gorgeous on a holiday table!

grapefruit, madarin orange and pomegranate salad

Jeweled Citrus Salad

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes

An easy, sparkling, holiday fruit salad made with jarred grapefruit, mandarin oranges and pomegranate arils.


  • 20oz jar grapefruit (about 1 3/4 cups)
  • 15oz can mandarin orange segments (about 1 1/4 cups)
  • 1/2 lime, zested and juiced
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate arils


  1. Combine the grapefruit, mandarin oranges and lime zest in a small serving bowl. Whisk together lime juice and honey. Pour over fruit and toss. Refrigerate until serving.
  2. Before serving, sprinkle with pomegranate arils.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 100Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 3gSugar: 19gProtein: 2g

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This post was originally published on my previous website, Life Over Lunch, December 7th, 2018.

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