Red Shirt Fruit Salad

Posted June 15, 2017 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Book of the Month Recipes, Pop Culture Corner / 2 Comments


Red Shirts (also known as Redshirts) get a pretty raw deal in Star Trek TOS. The term refers to Star Fleet engineering and security officers who wear a red shirt as part of their uniform…and they have a tendency to die at every opportunity. It’s such a common occurrence that the term “red shirt” has become a pop culture term referring to any character who is killed off to show the situation is serious.

I wanted to dedicate a recipe to the Red Shirts, so I came up with the idea for Red Shirt Fruit Salad! It’s composed of four kinds of red fruit and drizzled with pomegranate dressing (plus some blueberries for contrast). It was easy to throw together and even easier to eat—a dish any Red Shirt would be glad to snack on as a final meal before being sent to their inevitable doom! 😉



Red Shirt Fruit Salad: An AWR Original Recipe

Kirk: All right, men, this is a dangerous mission. And it’s likely one of us will be killed. The landing party will consist of myself, Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy, and Ensign Ricky.
Ensign Ricky: Aw, crap.

— Family Guy



  • 8 strawberries
  • 1 cup red grapes
  • 1 cup fresh cherries
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 2-3 tbsp pomegranate dressing (To make: briskly whisk together 2 tbsp POM juice, 1/2 tsp white balsamic  vinegar, 1/8 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp black pepper, 2 tsp fresh lime juice, and 1 tsp honey)


Makes approx. 4 cups of salad



    1. Cut your strawberries, grapes, and cherries in half, discarding the cherry seeds.
    2. Add to a medium-sized bowl with the raspberries and blueberries. Add dressing to taste and toss to combine.
    3. Serve to a Red Shirt before he’s sent to meet his tragic fate.

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