Autumnal fruit salad

This healthy dish can be eaten as a tasty pudding or tweaked for an indulgent breakfast.

The ingredients are delicious and nutritious and can all be eaten with a clear conscience. Honey is nature’s energy booster and offers incredible antiseptic, antioxidant and cleansing properties for our body and health. Pears are a great source of dietary fibre. They are also an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin E, which are both powerful antioxidants and essential nutrients. Cranberries are known to contain a high level of antioxidants which help our bodies to fight disease.

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Ingredients: (serves 6)

  • 600g good-quality ready-to-eat dried fruits
  • (such as prunes, pears, apricots, figs and cranberries)
  • 3 tbsp. clear honey
  • 1 vanilla pod, split lengthways
  • 1 Earl Grey tea bag
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 6 tbsp mascarpone or Greek yogurt, to serve
  • A handful raw, unsalted pistachio nuts, crushed

Preparation time: 20 mins
Cook time: 10 mins (plus infusing and chilling time)
Vegetarian, low-fat, super healthy

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  1. Tip the fruit and 700ml / 1¼pints cold water into a large saucepan. Add the honey and vanilla, scraping the seeds from the pod into the pan. Bring to the boil. Stir well, lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes until slightly syrupy.
  2. Take the pan off the heat and stir in the tea bag. Leave to infuse for 10 minutes.
  3. Roughly chop/crush the pistachio nuts
  4. Discard the tea bag and vanilla pod, tip the fruit and liquid into a non-metallic bowl and pour over the lemon juice. Stir, and then leave to cool.
  5. Divide into 6 serving dishes, top each with a tbsp of the mascarpone or greek yoghurt and a sprinkling of pistachio nuts.


This recipe can be prepared a few days ahead as the flavours become more pronounced. It will keep for up to one week. To adapt for a breakfast, add a small handful of oats when stirring in the earl grey tea. Have a look at the BBC Good Food website for more healthy recipe ideas.