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Autumn Fruit Salad

You can satisfy the craving for candy – ahem, nature’s candy – and fully embrace the bounty of the fall season with this autumn fruit salad.

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Whether it’s the chilly temperatures or the all around cheer, holiday fare tends to be rich and sweet. You can satisfy the craving for candy – ahem, nature’s candy – with this autumn fruit salad.

The juice and zest of lemon offset the condensed sugar in dried figs and apricots. With its pears, apples, and persimmons – this little bowl of love has autumn written all over it. But in case there’s any confusion, a hint of cinnamon and sprinkle of pomegranate seeds makes it ultra clear – you’re fully embracing the bounty of the fall season.

Autumn Fruit Salad

  • 8h
  • 8h


  • 8 dried apricots
  • 4 dried figs
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 pomegranate
  • 1 qt filtered water
  • 1/2 c raw honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 Fuyu persimmons
  • 2 pears
  • 1 apple


  1. Split the vanilla bean in half lengthwise.
  2. Chop dried apricots and figs and set aside. Zest and juice lemon. Remove seeds from pomegranate (see our tip below to do this easily).
  3. Fill a medium saucepan with water. Add the honey, cinnamon stick and lemon zest. Bring to a boil, and cook until all the honey is dissolved. Let it cool for just a few minutes (it should still be hot) and then stir in the dried figs and apricots. Let it cool completely.
  4. Peel and coarsely chop persimmons. Peel, core, and chop pears and apple. Place fresh fruit chunks in a large bowl, and toss with the lemon juice.
  5. Once the syrup with dried fruit has cooled, pour it over the apples and pears. Chill overnight in the refrigerator, covering the bowl with plastic wrap.
  6. The next morning, remove and discard cinnamon stick from syrup.
  7. Using a slotted spoon, remove fruit from syrup and put into serving bowl or individual bowls. Garnish with pomegranate seeds before serving.


  • 4
  • 381
  • 2g
  • 101g
  • 12g
  • 80g
  • 12mg

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