A simple and healthy treat, this St. Patrick’s Day Fruit Salad is a fun was to celebrate the holiday! Packed with all of your favorite green fruits, you won’t need luck for your kiddos to love it!
At this point, it’s probably no surprise that I like festive food for holidays – from Easter Egg pancake bars to Chicken Boo-dle Soup, making meals fun and festive has been one of those ‘things’ for me that I’ve been looking forward to about motherhood for a while. While the spring holidays went out the window for the most part last year – Owen’s birthday is March 14th so I was in a bizarre haze of diapers and spit up (JK not much has changed) – this year I plan on going all out, especially now that Ryan is getting old enough to ‘get’ those kinds of things.
St. Patrick’s Day is one of those holidays that I celebrated for ‘real’ once or twice in college because it’s what you do, but other than eating corned beef and cabbage or drinking your brains out at a parade, is there much else to do? Though, I do have a few memories of kindergarten and hunting for a leprechaun, which sounds like a fun thing for the boys in the future.
That being said, I’m pretty much sticking to alll the green food – because that’s fun and festive and who doesn’t love themed food? Last year I made fun shaped pancakes (remember the shamrocks and pots of gold?) and this year I’m keeping it more subtle with an all green fruit salad that would make any leprechaun happy.
Packed with all of your favorite green fruits, this St. Patrick’s Day fruit salad is healthy, festive, and delicious. It will please kiddos and grown-ups alike and make you look like the super cool, holiday beast of a mom we all want to be just by chopping up some fruit and calling it a day. You’re welcome.
Make it even more festive by creating a fun Irish parfait out of it – layer some mandarin oranges, greek yogurt, and St. Patrick’s Day fruit salad to make a holiday-themed breakfast!
St. Patrick’s Day Fruit Salad
1 cup orange juice
1-2 TBS honey or white sugar, optional
Chop up the fruit to your desired size. Since I was making this to share with the boys, I cut everything pretty small and halved the grapes but you obviously don’t have to go that crazy. The amounts don’t truly matter that much – I used the following: 3 apples, 2 pears, 1.5 cups grapes, 4 kiwis, about 1 pound of honeydew. I bought the pre-cut stuff since it was actually cheaper than a whole melon. Squeeze lemon on all of your fruit and set aside.
You could stop there, but where’s the fun in that? Reduce the orange juice until it’s about half and if using, add honey or sugar. I used sugar since babies can’t have honey. The sweetener is optional, but if you find your fruit isn’t very sweet, I recommend it. Since it’s all green fruit, there’s a tendency for it to be a bit acidic.
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Allow the syrup to cool mostly before tossing with your fruit. You can serve immediately, or let it sit in the fridge for a bit before enjoying – all of the flavors will meld better this way!
Enjoy as a part of your St. Patrick’s Day party spread!
Okay, so tell me – do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? How? Let me know in the comments!
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