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Winters are associated with the fun and frolic of the holidays and the spirit of celebration, but these are also the days when our hunger clock strikes spontaneously and more often than we’d like to admit. The crucial need of this season for our bodies is to be healthy and satiated. It calls for foods essential to our body and health, plus something delicious. 

Dry fruit salads are gold when it comes to maintaining nutrition during the winters. Here are the tastiest dry fruit salad recipes to keep you warm and healthy on the inside, and give you a flavorful delight: 

dry fruits salad
Dry Fruit Salad

Mixed Dried Fruit Salad 

  • Cooking time: 30 mins 
  • Additional: 9 hrs
  • Servings: 12
  • Yield: 12 servings 

Nutritional Facts Per Serving (Dried Fruit Salad)

  • 211 calories
  • 2.7g proteins
  • 51.6g carbs
  • 1.9g fat
  • 9mg sodium 

Ingredients for a Dried Fruit Salad

  • 8 ounces pitted prunes
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts

Directions to Make a Dried Fruit Salad

Step 1 

Take a large bowl and add all figs, apricots, prunes, cranberries, and raisins. Pour enough water to cover all the fruits. Cover the bowl with a lid and let the fruits soak overnight for 8 hours. 

Step 2

The next morning, pour the entire contents of the bowl into a saucepan. Add in the line nuts and honey and stir the mix for a while. Let it cook, stirring occasionally, and bring it to a simmer, until all the fruits become tender. Do this for 30 mins. Remove the pan from heat. Transfer the salad to a dish and let it cool to room temperature. 

The best way to enjoy this in style is to serve this in sundae glasses, to show off the fruit, with plain yogurt and a sprinkling of Demerara sugar.

Quinoa and Avocado Dry Fruit Salad
Quinoa and Avocado Dry Fruit Salad

Quinoa and Avocado Dry Fruit Salad 

Ingredients: 

  • 3 tablespoons mixed raisins 
  • 2 tablespoons thin dried apricots 
  • 1 cup red or white quinoa 
  • Kosher salt for taste
  • 1 large lemon
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 2 medium scallions thinly sliced
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped toasted almonds
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 medium-sized avocados (pitted, peeled, and cut into small chunks) 

Step 1

In a bowl, add hot water and soak the raisins and apricots in it for 5 minutes. Drain this mix and keep the fruits aside. In a saucepan, add 2 cups of water, quinoa, and salt to taste.

Step 2 

Bring this mix to a boil on a high flame. Keep lowering the heat every now and then and simmer. The quinoa should become translucent and soft. Fluff the quinoa using a fork after 10-15 minutes, and spread it on a baking sheet to cool it down to room temperature.

Step 3

Along with olive oil, coriander, cumin, paprika, and salt to taste, squeeze the lemon juice into a bowl. In some vinegar, toss the quinoa, raisins, apricots, avocado, scallions, and almonds together in it. Add a little more salt and freshly ground pepper as per taste and serve it fresh.

Enjoy! 

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