Taking a break between the goodies and over indulgences of Thanksgiving and Christmas can be a welcome thing for the body and taste buds.

After Turkey Day with all the trimmings and before Christmas, I like to stay on the lighter side with food and drink. The following recipe is just the ticket for doing that. Unfortunately this time of year most of the summer fruits are either dried or stored in the freezer and there is nothing wrong with adding a handful of frozen berries to this salad along with oranges, tangerines, kumquats and apples (which are in season.) Splurge and get a fresh pineapple to add and you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven! Of course the addition of the Gran Marnier is optional but it does kick salad up a couple of notches! This salad is great served either at lunch or dinner but I do recommend leaving out the booze if you are having it for breakfast. If you like cottage cheese or yogurt either of these taste great as well as an addition of a banana nut muffin.

2 plums, washed and sliced
2 pears, washed and sliced
1 Pink Lady apple, washed and diced
2 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced
1/2 fresh pineapple, peeled, cored and diced
1 navel orange, peeled and separated into sections
1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen, washed and drained
1/2 cup fresh mint or 2 Tbsps. dried mint
1 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. Grand Marnier

Combine all in a large bowl and let sit for about 40 minutes, giving it an occasional gentle toss.

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