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Pomegranate Salad with Bananas, Apples and Sweet Whipped Cream

Pomegranate Salad with Bananas, Apples and Sweet Whipped Cream is an extra special, easy to make fruit treat. It’s fun and so festive. Especially at Christmas time!

Pomegranate Salad with Bananas, Apples and Sweet Whipped Cream

My Sister in Law, Diane, is from St. George, Utah where pomegranates grow plentifully and are usually ready to harvest around Thanksgiving. So, every year during the holidays, Diane makes “Dixie Salad” aka Pomegranate Fruit Salad and serves it in special glasses, handed down from her mother, Erma.

Dixie Salad

Dixie Pomegranate Fruit Salad is one of the easiest recipes you can make for your holiday table! There’s no cooking involved. Just peel, chop, whip and fold together. It’s also easy to adapt to your own preferences. We like to use pomegranates, apples and bananas in our Dixie salad. But you can also add in chopped nuts, coconut or even mandarin oranges!

If you are thinking I love pomegranates, but hate the mess, I understand! This tutorial from Simply Recipes is the best I have seen on how to de-seed a pomegranate. The post explains how easy it is to peel a pomegranate with the least amount of damage to the ripe seeds in a short amount of time!

Pomegranate Fruit Salad

Here are some pro-tips for making “Dixie” aka Pomegranate Salad with Bananas, Apples and Sweet Whipped Cream:

  • Peel the pomegranates ahead and leave them in bags in the fridge (add a folded up paper towel to absorb any juice).
  • Save time by purchasing pomegranates peeled in cups in the refrigerated produce section. Nothing is easier than placing those cups right into your cart!
  • When assembling the salad, make sure the juice from the pomegranates does not get mixed into the whipped cream or it will discolor.
  • Adjust the whip cream amount and sweetness to taste.
  • Choose bananas that are slightly green so they won’t turn brown easily! 
Apple, banana, pomegranate salad with whipped cream

We absolutely love this festive pomegranate salad. It has just the right amount of creamy sweetness and crunch from the fresh fruit. It’s refreshing and pairs perfectly with almost any holiday meal. Serve it individually or in a bowl.

A mint leaf on top adds a touch of green to the red and white fruit salad for a little extra Christmas charm! And if you’re looking for other recipes loaded with pomegranates, Sheri’s Pomegranate Salsa, Harvest Salad with Buttermilk Dressing or our Pomegranate Cheese Ball are other family favorites. Happy Holidays!

Easy Pomegranate fruit salad
5 from 2 votes

Pomegranate Salad with Bananas, Apples and Sweet Whipped Cream

Pomegranate Salad with Bananas, Apples and Sweet Whipped Cream is an extra special salad. Made with cream and fresh fruit, it's so festive, especially at Christmas!

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword Fresh fruit, fruit salad, holiday cooking, pomegranate, whipped cream
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8


  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 4-6 apples, peeled optional, cored and chopped any sweet apple works, I like a crunchy sweet apple like Honey Crisp, Pink Lady or Fuji
  • 2-3 pomegranates
  • 2-3 bananas
  • mint leaf on top, optional


  1. Whip cream until stiff. Mix in powdered sugar until blended well.  

  2. Place chopped apples in a large bowl. Add whipped cream. 

  3. Fold in bananas and pomegranate seeds.

  4. Refrigerate until serving. 

  5. Top each serving with a few reserved seeds and fresh mint leaf if desired

Recipe Notes

  • I like to use bananas that are slightly green  (barely ripe) to avoid brown bananas in the salad. 

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  1. 5 stars
    I was looking for something light and refreshing to go with Christmas dinner and this totally hit the spot. My husband and son had seconds and thirds. It seems like such a simple salad but I think that is what makes it so yummy and refreshing.

    1. Hi Kristin, this salad is the perfect light and refreshing dish to serve with a heavy meal and I love how easy it is to whip up. Thank you for sharing and for reading ABK!

  2. 5 stars
    I loved this salad and so did my family! I was a refreshing addition to our meal. I saw this recipe years ago in a local cookbook published by a local Junior League and forgot about it until I saw it again recently. Having the link to de-seeding and peeling a pomegranate was a definite plus–it saved me time and frustration as I de-seeded the pomegranate the day before I made the salad. I added chopped almonds but they really weren’t necessary.. Thank you!

    1. Kathy, So glad that you and your family enjoyed this recipe! It is a fun recipe the whole family can enjoy. Glad you were able to save some time by de-seeding the day before- It really does make a difference! Thank you for reading ABK!