Fruit Salad with Poppyseed Dressing is a fresh fruit salad delicious served for a spring or summer brunch, lunch, potluck, picnic, or dinner party! WATCH THE VIDEO!

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Friends, perfect for spring and Easter hosting, enjoy this very simple Fruit Salad with Poppyseed Dressing today! If you really want to get fancy, try this Grilled Fruit Vegetable Charcuterie Board for a large gathering!

We also love this presentation: Summer Fruit Caprese Salad, and this Fruit Upside Down Cake!

Soon … soon … hopefully we will be all be able to gather again very soon. We cannot wait.

What fruit can go together in a bowl?

Fresh fruits of the season, like apples, apricots, bananas, cantaloupe, figs, guavas, grapes, honeydew, and ripe kiwi fruit. Don’t forget strawberries (any berries), mangoes, melons, nectarines, papayas, peaches, pears, oranges, and pineapple. I love to use Granny Smith apples because you get a little tartness with the sweetness.

Fruit Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

How do you keep fruit salad fresh?

What do you add to a fruit salad to keep the fruit from turning brown? Citric Acid!

It’s easy, just drizzle over the fruit (before adding the dressing) a little lime or lemon juice!

Fresh Fruit Salad Poppyseed Dressing

Since strawberries are in all the stores now, this Fresh Fruit Salad and Poppyseed Dressing is a natural fit for any menu!

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!

What is poppyseed dressing made of?

This recipe uses a base of sour cream for the creamy base. And then add maple syrup, citrus, and vanilla. Of course, a couple of heaping spoonfuls of poppyseeds give the dressing its signature flavor and appearance.

Serve this salad with any main dish, but we love …

Best Grilled Chicken Thighs or this Crustless Salmon Gruyere Quiche Recipe.

How to cut and preserve fresh peonies

As the weather warms up in central Oregon, I must say I miss our beautiful peonies from southern Oregon.

For 10 years the warm sunshine encouraged our peonies to spring forth with joy – with so many beautiful colors! In fact, if you’re looking for how to cut and preserve fresh peonies for entertaining, you can read about it on an older post I wrote. I miss our peonies (as temps are still dipping down to freezing here in central OR).

Spring Peonies

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 spring.

Friends, be blessed this upcoming weekend. We have so much to be grateful for!

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Fruit Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

You can replace the sour cream with yogurt – yummy!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 8
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  • 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.


Originally posted April 2014.
Cuisine: American
Course: Salad
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More fruit salad recipes: Fruity Rice Krispies Kebabs and Epic Spring Charcuterie Board (with mini fruit kebabs).

Originally posted April 2014.