No Christmas brunch is complete without a fresh fruit salad, spread, or tart.
Yes, there’s joy of new presents and the excitement of the holiday itself, but nothing can ruin the glory of Christmas morning like a lackluster brunch. Don’t default to a boring, sad spread you’d find on any other winter morning. Instead, we’d like to remind you that there are lots of fruits available around the holidays for a Christmas brunch that even Santa would enjoy. From fresh fruit salad with a yummy mint-lime simple syrup to a light and luscious avocado fruit salad, we’ve collected the best holiday fruit recipes for your new favorite Christmas Day brunch. Feel like getting your holiday breakfast off to a sweeter start? These festive fruit skewers with rum are a great, boozy holiday fruit option that doubles as a luscious centerpiece. Whatever your savory options turn out to be (and we recommend having at least one or two), it’s definitely worth brightening–and lightening–up your Christmas Day brunch with some of our favorite holiday breakfast fruit recipes.
Festive Fresh Fruit Salad with Mint-Lime Simple Syrup
Mint-Lime Simple Syrup may be kept in refrigerator up to 2 weeks. Use leftovers in cocktails and to sweeten iced tea. Or spoon it over any fresh fruit.
Ambrosia with Chantilly Cream
Recipe: Ambrosia with Chantilly Cream
The original ambrosia recipe is simply a layering of orange slices, sugar, and toasted unsweetened coconut. Over the years, folks began to add pineapple, maraschino cherries, and whipped cream to create more of a fruit salad, but the name stuck.
Ambrosia Chess Tarts
Recipe: Ambrosia Chess Tarts
Ambrosia Chess Tarts feature the classic flavors of ambrosia presented in individual-sized tarts.
Recipe: New Ambrosia
If you love the idea of a classic Ambrosia salad without the mini marshmallows, then this New Ambrosia is the salad for you. Our updated version uses fresh citrus, celery, cucumber, and avocados, then adds a seeded and minced jalapeño pepper for a hint of spice. Serve this fantastic salad on a bed of fresh arugula. Sprinkle toasted sweetened flaked coconut over each serving, if desired. It is dressed with a homemade Buttermilk-Coconut Dressing, but the extra toasted flakes will kick it up a notch. This recipe is a fresh way to use holiday citrus, and is a great new twist on an old holiday classic.
Sunshine Citrus Platter
Recipe: Sunshine Citrus Platter
Brighten the breakfast table with Sunshine Citrus Platter. This colorful starter dish is filled with overlapping rounds of navel oranges and Ruby Red grapefruits with splashes of fresh mint sprigs.
Sweet Citrus Marmalade
Recipe: Sweet Citrus Marmalade
Our delicate marmalade flavors are soft enough to spoon over—and soak deliciously into—hot biscuits.
Luscious Orange Panna Cotta
Creamy Citrus Tartlets
Recipe: Creamy Citrus Tartlets
These party-perfect bite-size treats are easy to put together with frozen pastry shells and a four-ingredient cream filling. Mix and match flavors using lemon, orange, and strawberry curds. Garnish with fresh mint leaves.
Elegant Citrus Tart
Recipe: Elegant Citrus Tart
Topping our tart are Florida-grown Ruby Red grapefruit and navel oranges and the brightest red grapefruit you can buy—the Rio Star from Texas. You can make the dessert in either a rectangular or round tart pan.
Sherry-Baked Winter Fruit
Recipe: Sherry-Baked Winter Fruit
You can find apple cider either with shelf-stable or refrigerated juices. It doesn't matter which one you choose, so select the best value. Use dry sherry, not the much sweeter cream sherry.
Avocado Fruit Salad
Recipe: Avocado Fruit Salad
You can prepare this salad a day ahead, but don't cut up the avocado or add garnishes until just before you serve it.
Skewered Fruit with Rum Drizzle
Recipe: Skewered Fruit with Rum Drizzle
Surround the platter of Skewered Fruit with Rum Drizzle with fresh strawberries, currants, and pears.
Bing Cherry Salad
Recipe: Bing Cherry Salad
This simple recipe is the perfect accompaniement to any meal. The only ingredients you'll need are cherries, pineapple, and flavored gelatin.