Food & Drink

Grab-and-go fruit salad a perfect pick-me-up

Kathy Patalsky

Rich in antioxidants, fiber and natural sweetness, this grab-and-eat fruit salad in a jar is the perfect make-ahead healthy snack. Enjoy it as a mid-morning refresher or a late-afternoon pick-me-up.

Adding nuts and seeds to your fruit will give this snack more complexity and make it a bit more satisfying by adding healthy fats and more fiber. These salads in a jar are the perfect way to use up fresh summer produce. It can feel overwhelming to have a lot of fruit on hand, because you worry that it will spoil quickly and must be used up, but the lemon juice will help slow the oxidation process of freshly chopped fruit.

Other fun add-in ingredients include fresh herbs, like mint and basil, or spices and extracts like cinnamon and vanilla. When you serve these fruit salads you can simply dive in with a fork or pour them over top oatmeal or chia pudding.

Kathy Patalsky is a writer for Email

Fruit Salad in a Jar

1 small apple, chopped

1 medium tangerine, peeled and sliced

1 cup fresh pineapple, chopped

1/2 cup blueberries

1 lemon, juiced, plus 2 slices for garnish

2 tablespoons walnuts

Divide the chopped apple between two 1/2-pint mason jars, followed by the tangerine, pineapple, and blueberries.

Pour the lemon juice over the fruit salad. Add the walnuts on top, and garnish with the lemon slice.

Eat right away, or seal and refrigerate for later. This fruit salad can be prepared up to a day ahead of time.

Yield: 2 (1/2-pint) jars.