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Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

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Your next get-together or BBQ needs this Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing. This fruit salad is the perfect combination of sweet fruits topped with a zesty lemon poppy seed dressing. Strawberries, blueberries, mango, kiwi and orange are mixed together with mint and a light lemon poppy seed dressing. 

Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing with a spoon.

FRUIT SALAD WITH LEMON POPPY SEED DRESSING

This fruit salad recipe would be the perfect addition to your Mother’s Day brunch table.

Of course it would also be a nice side dish to bring to a picnic or BBQ.

Every table needs a rainbow of color on it, right?

This Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing is the perfect addition to your summer spread.

I also really like making this Tropical Chicken Salad, Easy Mango Cabbage Coleslaw and this Spring Pasta Salad that uses fruit in salads. 

Kids gobble this fruit salad up when it is on the table which is an added bonus. 

If you have wondered “how to make the perfect fruit salad?,” I have you covered! 

I give you a combination of fruits I like when I make a fruit salad but of course you can modify it to what you have on hand. 

The mint is a nice finishing touch along with the zesty lemon poppy seed dressing. 

Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing ingredients.

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THIS FRUIT SALAD?

FOR THE FRUIT SALAD:

  • STRAWBERRIES
  • BLUEBERRIES
  • RASPBERRIES
  • MANGO
  • KIWI
  • ORANGE
  • MINT

FOR THE LEMON POPPY SEED DRESSING:

  • LEMON JUICE
  • HONEY
  • POPPY SEEDS 

Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing on cutting board.

HOW DO YOU MAKE A FRUIT SALAD?

Making a fruit salad is so easy!

It is a great dish to serve at a BBQ or picnic, especially if you have kids around. They go crazy for this easy side dish. 

In a large bowl, gently mix together the fruit.

Drizzle the lemon juice and honey over fruit mixture.

Sprinkle poppy seeds over fruit. Stir gently to combine

Serve garnished with mint leaves (optional).

Refrigerate the letovers in an air tight container for up to 4 days.

Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing on a bowl.

TIPS FOR MAKING THE PERFECT FRUIT SALAD

  • This fruit salad is a great base for any additions you like. When it comes to fruit you can use anything you have on hand. Some fruit I like is raspberries, strawberries, blackberries grapes, watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, bananas, oranges or papaya. 
  • For the softer fruits like the berries or bananas if you choose to add those, you will want to add them when you are ready to serve it. 
  • The dressing is a great final flavoring for the salad. If you are bringing this salad to a get together I suggest waiting to add the dressing until you get there.
  • If you have leftovers of this fruit salad it goes great over Greek yogurt for breakfast, in oatmeal or add it to a smoothie. 

Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing in white bowl.

MODIFICATIONS FOR THIS FRUIT SALAD WITH LEMON POPPY SEED DRESSING

FRUIT: You can use any fruit you would like. I suggest that if you want to use banana that you wait until you are ready to serve the salad as it will go brown.

Apples are another fruit that I suggest you add when you are ready to serve. 

HERBS: Fresh herbs are always a nice addition. I added mint to this recipe but you could do parsley or basil. 

SPICE: I think that spicing up this salad is a fun option.

Try adding cayenne red pepper, crushed red pepper or a chili lime seasoning {I get this at Trader Joes}. Jalapeños would be another option to add heat.

NUTS: Nuts would be another nice addition. I like silvered almonds, walnuts or pistachios! 

CHEESE: Fruit goes great with feta cheese or goat cheese. You can easily add this when you  are ready to serve. 

DRESSING: The lemon poppy seed dressing is a nice addition to this fruit salad but you can use your favorite store-bought or make a simply drizzle just honey over the salad. 

 

Love this dressing? You’ve got to make our Tahini Yogurt Dressing

Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing with logo.

Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

Yield: 6-8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups strawberries, hulled and chopped
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup chopped mango
  • 3 kiwis, peeled, sliced and quartered
  • 1 orange, peeled, sectioned and halved
  • Fresh mint for garnish

FOR THE LEMON POPPY SEED DRESSING

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice 
  • 2 Tablespoons honey 
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds 

Instructions

    1. In a large bowl, gently mix together the fruit.
    2. Drizzle the lemon juice and honey over fruit mixture.
    3. Sprinkle poppy seeds over fruit. Stir gently to combine
    4. Serve garnished with mint leaves (optional).
    5. Refrigerate the letovers in an air tight container for up to 4 days.

Notes

Use ripe fruits for best flavor and sweetness (but not over-ripe or salad will be soggy).
Add more honey if you would like it sweeter.
Keeps in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
You can freeze leftover fruit salad and use to make smoothies later.

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