Apple Yogurt Salad

A simple winter fruit salad, all familiar fruits, just apples, tangerines and pomegranates but in an unexpected and delightful combination with cardamom, fresh mint and a burst of orange. It's been a favorite for many years, especially for a winter brunch, Christmas morning and a light dessert during the holidays.

Apple Yogurt Salad ♥, a winter fruit salad, just apples with Greek yogurt, tangerines, pomegranate, fresh mint and a touch of cardamon. Great for winter brunches, Christmas morning, light holiday desserts. Weight Watchers Friendly. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Gluten Free.

Fresh & Seasonal. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Weight Watchers Friendly. Naturally Gluten Free.


Like Night & Day. Like Summer & Winter.

Summer fruit salads are effortless. The fruit is so abundant, so fresh, so intoxicating, no embellishment is needed.

Winter fruit salads take more thought, don't they? 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 breakfast for Christmas morning, more room for cinnamon rolls or Christmas pulla!

It's packed with fruit: crisp apple, juicy tangerine, even bursts of tart pomegranate seeds. The yogurt dressing is light, just enough to bind the fruit a bit. But it too is packed with fresh, festive flavors, orange, mint and a touch of cardamom. Such familiar ingredients in an unusual combination!

For Intense Orange Flavor

Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate, another magic ingredient ♥, for intense, undiluted orange flavor for baking, salads, even savory dishes.

Frozen orange juice concentrate is one of my "secret pantry ingredients". I keep it in the freezer, scooping it out a spoonful at a time for intense, undiluted orange flavor.

In Apple Yogurt Salad, the frozen OJ adds not only orange flavor but sweetness, so there's no added sugar here. Cool, eh?

Frozen orange juice is falling out of favor these days so where once it was easy to find, now, not so much. Luckily, a container keeps for months and months and only gets used in spoonfuls. To keep it from getting freezer burned and full of ice crystals, I've taken to moving it to a canning jar, adding a layer of waxed paper to touch the top surface, then putting the lid on.

More ideas on using frozen orange juice concentrate? Just check out the special section along with all the orange recipes.

Apple Yogurt Salad ♥, a winter fruit salad, just apples with Greek yogurt, tangerines, pomegranate, fresh mint and a touch of cardamon. Great for winter brunches, Christmas morning, light holiday desserts. Weight Watchers Friendly. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Gluten Free.

Just updated! First published way back in 2006.


Hands-on time: 15 minutes
Time-to-table: 15 minutes
Makes 4 cups
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon frozen orange juice concentrate, preferably, or 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom, preferably, or cinnamon
  • 2 medium apples, chopped bite-size
  • 2 small tangerines, peeled, sections cut in thirds, preferably, 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 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.

ALANNA's TIPS This is such a pretty salad! For color, I like to use one red-skinned apple and one green-skinned apple. Add tangerine sections, mint leaves and pomegranate seeds – extra festive! For yogurt, I use non-fat Greek yogurt because that's what's always on hand. But any plain yogurt will work beautifully. Sour cream is a total indulgence! It's okay to mix the salad a couple of hours ahead of time but not much more.
NUTRITION INFORMATION Per Half Cup (assumes non-fat yogurt): 84 Calories; 1g Tot Fat; 0g Sat Fat; 0mg Cholesterol; 6mg Sodium; 18g Carb; 2g Fiber; 14g Sugar; 2g Protein. WEIGHT WATCHERS Old Points 1 & PointsPlus 2 & SmartPoints 4 & Freestyle 0 & myWW green 1 & blue 0 & purple 0

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A Little Housekeeping

Looking for the story about a Birthday Cake for Jesus? It's moved!

Looking for the recipe for my "signature salad" at Christmas? The recipe has moved, please see Festive Holiday Salad.

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  1. Anonymous7/18/2007

    So having roped everyone in with a tale featuring cake and equally sweet sentiment, you then make us do penance by eating salad. You're a hard woman.{g}


  2. Anonymous7/18/2007

    That was a lovely story, Alanna.

    Have a wonderful Christmas!


  3. Anonymous7/18/2007

    What a wonderful story! Thanks so much for sharing. And all the best to you and yours.


  4. Great story and just goes to prove that elaborate doesn't necessarily mean the best option for the occasion.

    Have a merry Christmas & wonderful 2011


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