Poppy Seed Fruit Salad with a blend of fresh fruit. A sweet poppy seed dressing that is made with juice, sugar and cornstarch. The dressing coats the fruit and gives the salad a pop of flavor. Strawberries, grapes, kiwi and blackberries, this summertime fruit salad will be a favorite to all who try it.
Poppy Seed Fruit Salad is a blend of fresh fruit, really of your choosing! You can enjoy any fruit you want in this salad, whatever is in season.
Fresh fruit just says spring and summer, doesn't it?
The good thing about fruit is it is delicious no matter how you serve it. Whether it is made into Fruit Salsa or on a dessert pizza, it all tastes great.
The best fruit blends
I would have to say most goes together well, especially any in the berry family. Personally, I wouldn't combine bananas and kiwi, though that may be just personal preference.
Strawberries and kiwi are a dream together as are apples and grapes. (Who am I kidding, apples and fruit pair well! Need to know what kind of apples to use? Try this helpful guide, Best Apples For Eating And Baking.
What is in the poppy seed dressing?
The poppy seed dressing is a simple mixture of apple juice, sugar, water and a poppy seeds. You will also need cornstarch to thicken it up a bit.
It only takes a little bit (about a cup) of apple juice so not much at all. The sugar is up to you, but I recommend as little as possible. So I know you are asking:
Can we cut out the sugar?
Sure. But I do recommend just little (a couple of tablespoons) to add to the fruit salad dressing. It is especially needed if your fruit isn't as ripe as you would like.
Thickening the gravy
To thicken up the juice mixture in the saucepan, you need to add cornstarch to it. Now, I don't know how you make your gravy, but if it is with cornstarch, then the same idea applies.
The cornstarch gets lumpy when added to recipes, so I put a tablespoon of cornstarch in a cup and add about ¼ cup of water to it. Then I stir to get the lumps out.
When you mix the cornstarch mixture in with the juice mixture, then the juice thickens up but doesn't have any cornstarch lumps in it.
As you can see, the mixture is thicker now. It makes for a more desirable dressing on the fruit.
If there are any leftovers of this fruit salad with poppy seed dressing, store the leftovers in a covered bowl for up to 48 hours. The fruit runs the risk of getting soggy if it sits much longer than that.
Want a warm fruit salad for the cooler weather? This fruit salad uses winter fruit and canned fruit. Try this Crock Pot Hot Fruit Salad.
Yes, this fruit salad will be a favorite at any BBQ or picnics. Take it to the 4th of July gathering or a potluck. The flavors pop and this salad is so easy to make.
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Poppy Seed Fruit Salad
- 1 cup strawberries washed and cut
- 1 cup blackberries washed
- 1 ½ cups grapes washed
- 2 kiwi peeled and cut
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 cup apple juice
- ¾ cup water divided
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
- Mix together all fruit in a medium bowl, set aside
- Combine apple juice and ½ cup water in a small saucepan. Add sugar. Bring to a boil while stirring often
- In a cup, add the cornstarch and ¼-1/2 cup water. Stir to remove lumps
- Over medium heat, add cornstarch mixture to the apple juice mixture while stirring. When mixture starts to thicken, remove from heat. Stir in poppy seeds
- Pour over fruit and refrigerate
- Serve when fruit has chilled, about 1 hour