How do you make a red salad without adding Jello? You use strawberries.
How do you make a red salad taste delicious without adding extra sugar? You use pineapple.
How do you spend 10 minutes putting together a salad that is delicious and festive, but not have to actually do the work on Christmas day? You make this Strawberry Christmas Salad the day before Christmas and store it in the fridge until serving time!
I caution against buying fresh strawberries this time of year. Tis not the season for fresh strawberries, so they are expensive and flavorless. For this salad, I use frozen/thawed strawberries. Won’t those turn mushy once they thaw, you ask? Indeed. That’s exactly what we’re going for here. Mushy strawberries. (Thanks Laura. Merry Christmas to you, too.)
No really. We’re blending the frozen strawberries with some cream – so the mushiness makes no difference and is actually beneficial for making a smoother strawberry cream sauce for this salad.
- 1 cup frozen strawberries, thawed
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 3 apples, any variety
- 1 can pineapple chunks or tidbits in 100% juice, drained
- Place thawed strawberries and heavy cream into a blender.
- Whip until smooth. Set aside.
- Wash apples and chop them into small pieces, putting them into a medium-sized bowl.
- Drain pineapple (saving juice to drink later!) and stir pineapple into the apples. (Fresh chopped pineapple works great too.)
- Pour strawberry cream mixture over the apples and pineapple.
- Stir well. Serve right away or refrigerate until serving.
- Make this ahead of time for convenience!
Feel free to add a little honey, maple syrup, or stevia if you like. We found that this salad is sweet enough for our tastes without adding any sweetener!
We’ve been loving this salad as a tasty add-on to our meals. I think we’ll make this on Christmas Eve to eat with our Christmas breakfast.
Mmmm, fun Christmas-time food. I love this time of year!