Fruit Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

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

Fruit Salad Poppyseed Dressing

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!

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!

Easy Fruit Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

Fresh Fruit Salad Poppyseed Dressing

Since this is the week of Easter, and strawberries are in all the stores, this Fresh Fruit Salad and Poppyseed Dressing is a natural fit for our Easter 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!

Best Fruit Salad Poppyseed Dressing

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.

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 this Easter weekend ahead.

Easter 1965, Medford, Oregon

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, and purses.

We always had Easter baskets filled with jelly beans and chocolate eggs. Mom and Dad always made Easter special for us girls.

Easter 1964

Friends, be blessed this next week with the celebration of the first new blooms of nature, with lots of delicious spring and Easter dishes gracing your table!

That, along with love and happiness and gratitude for the celebration and reason of this season!

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.


Originally posted April 2014.

More fruit salad recipes: Fruity Rice Krispies Kebabs and Epic Spring Charcuterie Board (with mini fruit kebabs).

Fruit Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

Originally posted April 2014.

12 comments on “Fruit Salad with 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. Please make it possible to save your recipes to Pinterst.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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

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

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

  10. 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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