Catholic Culture Podcasts
Catholic Culture Podcasts

Catholic Recipe: Twelve Fruit Salad


  • 12 kinds of fresh fruit (See Directions for suggestions)
  • Sugar (optional)
  • lemon juice


Prep Time: 1 hour

Difficulty:  ★☆☆☆

Cost:  ★★★☆

For Ages: n/a



Food Categories (2)


Often Made With (5)


Similar Recipes (1)


Feasts (1)


Seasons (1)

Also Called: 12 Fruit Salad

From Evelyn Vitz comes a wonderful dish for the feast of Pentecost.

It has long been traditional to list twelve fruits or graces of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers, Galatians 5 having provided the essential idea. The twelve are charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, long-suffering, mildness, faith, modesty, continency, and chastity. This is a wonderful season for fresh fruit. What could be more fitting or appetizing for this feast than a mixed fruit salad?

Mrs. Vitz suggests serving with Curry Mayonnaise, but whipped cream and pound cake or shortcake or angel food cake are also options to accompany the salad to make it a nice dessert.


Twelve-fruit salad

12 kinds of fresh fruit. Here are some possibilities: grapes (combine different varieties), strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots, pineapple, apples, bananas, melon (combine different varieties), oranges, grapefruit, kiwi, mangoes Wash, hull, peel, slice the fruit as necessary. If you are using melons, cut into bite-sized chunks or melon balls. You can either mix all the fruits together in a large bowl, or lay them in an attractive pattern (perhaps with twelve as an organizing motif) on a bed of greens. Sprinkle with a little sugar if you wish, and with a little lemon juice.

If you like, you can serve this salad with Curry Mayonnaise.

Recipe Source: Continual Feast, A by Evelyn Birge Vitz, Ignatius Press, San Francisco , 1985