Bursting with Joy and Fresh Fruit Salad & Poppyseed Dressing

This Fruit Salad with Poppyseed Dressing is delicious served any time of year, for a brunch, lunch, potluck, picnic, or dinner party!

Fresh Fruit Salad & Poppyseed Dressing

The warmer weather in Oregon has encouraged our peonies to spring forth with joy this year! I can’t remember a spring like this, so warm and vibrant, so early in the season. The beauty of peonies just does something to my spirit, they are so stunning in style and color. It’s more than happiness–they’re like symbols of rebirth, the essence of this Easter weekend ahead.

Spring Peonies reluctantentertainer.com

I also take a peek at our strawberry bed, which is a little barren this year, as we ripped it out and replanted. But it’s coming along! Since this is the week of Easter, and strawberries are in all the stores, I’m sharing a delicious Fresh Fruit Salad and Poppyseed Dressing. Everyone loves fruit salad, and when there’s a sweet dressing on top – even better! When I grew up, we always had fruit salad, but usually mom doused it quite thickly with real whipped cream. Mm-m-m, I can taste it now!

Because I love this picture with my sisters so much, I’m sharing it again. It reminds me of growing up, and how special Easter Sunday dinner was to our family! We always got new dresses, patent leather shoes, whtie socks, purses, and … cowboy hats!  I remember these hats were filled with jelly beans and chocolate eggs. Mom and Dad always made Easter special for us girls.

Easter Sisters, Medford, OR

My prayer today is to be blessed and enjoy the celebration of the first new blooming of nature, lots of delicious spring and Easter dishes lining your table, along with love and happiness and gratitude for the celebration of this season.

What is your favorite way to prepare a fruit salad?

Fresh Fruit Salad & Poppyseed Dressing

Fruit Salad with Poppyseed Dressing
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Fruit Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

You can replace the sour cream with yogurt – yummy!


  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons lemon or orange zest
  • 1 Tablespoons fresh lemon or orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 4-6 cups prepared fresh fruit such as oranges, apples, grapes, strawberries, cut in bite sized pieces


  • Prepare the dressing by placing sour cream, maple syrup, zest, lemon juice, and poppy seeds in a bowl and stirring together.
  • Pour on prepared fruit and gently mix. Serve.

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Fresh Fruit Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

10 comments on “Bursting with Joy and Fresh Fruit Salad & Poppyseed Dressing”

  1. Can this be made ahead of time and if so how long in advance can it be made.

    • As with any fruit salad and a dressing, I would not make this too far ahead of time. I think the day of is fine, but don’t let it set overnight :)

  2. Many years ago when eating at a buffet, I tried some honeydew and cantaloupe that was combined with sour cream. I couldn’t get enough of it. The natural sweetness of the fruit mixed with the tart sour cream was delightful. I went shopping the next day for melons and sour cream. After reading this dressing recipe, I can’t wait to try it with some delicious ripe melon .

  3. I just made this and it was delicious and I used sour cream.
    I personally do not like strawberries, but the dressing was so good that it even made strawberries taste good.
    Yes, I’ll be making this, again.

  4. Your ingredients say sour cream but your instructions say yogurt. Which works better? I would imagine a vanilla yogurt would be just as sweet without the maple syrup.

  5. I think I’ll make this for our potluck on Saturday!

  6. Lovely fruit salad recipe, Sandy! My Mom used to make a fruit salad we kids loved, too. She used a BHG or Pillsbury recipe using honey, lime juice and poppy seeds. So fun! Love the Easter Sunday photo of you and your sisters…so sweet! We didn’t have cowgirl hats, but my sister and I did wear little white gloves with our Easter dresses and new white patent leather shoes. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you and your family a wonderful and meaningful Easter celebration! xo

  7. Such sweet memories and picture! I am inspired to make this, I have plain Greek yogurt which is perfect for sour cream. Beautiful sandy!

  8. In the ingrediance list you say sour cream but in the instructions you mention yogurt. Which would you recommend?

  9. Two years ago I was asked to make a Fruit Pasta Salad for a wedding reception. I had never heard of using pasta in a fruit salad so I had to hit the internet…I found one, made it and it turned out AWESOME!!! A perfect summer side dish! Yours looks yummy too.


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