A favorite winter salad with apples, yogurt and fresh mint that's great for a winter brunch or Christmas morning. All the ingredients are familiar but the combination is a real delight.
Summer fruit salads are effortless. The fruit is so abundant, so fresh, so intoxicating, no embellishment is needed.
Winter fruit salads take more thought. This apple salad has been a favorite for many years, it's often on the menu for my annual cookie swap but I also make it for a light breakfast for Christmas morning.
Orange juice concentrate is one of my "secret pantry ingredients". I keep a small can in the door of the freezer, scooping it out a spoonful at a time for intense orange flavor.
APPLE YOGURT SALAD
Time-to-table: 15 minutes
Makes 4 cups
- 1/4 cup Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
- 2 tablespoons orange juice (or 1 tablespoon juice concentrate)
- 1/2 teaspoon cardamom (or cinnamon)
- 2 apples, chopped bite-size
- 2 Clementine tangerines, peeled, sections cut in thirds (or grapes)
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint (don’t skip this!)
- Pomegranate seeds, optional but festive especially with green or yellow-skinned apples (easy way to remove the seeds from a pomegranate)
Mix the yogurt, orange juice and cardamom in a medium-size bowl. If you're mixing the salad ahead of time, stop here.
Just before serving, stir in the apple, then the more delicate tangerines and mint. Transfer to a serving dish and "rain" with pomegranate seeds. Serve immediately.
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