May 7, 2014 36

Lemon Poppy Seed Fruit Salad with Earl Grey Coconut Cream

Lemon Poppy Seed Fruit Salad with Earl Grey Coconut Cream | @withfoodandlove

Apparently this spring, I’ve been wicked obsessed with mangoes. I can’t help it, they’re so ripe and vibrant and juicy and delicious. Truly they are – nature’s candy. I seriously cannot remember a time in my life where I’ve embraced them so much as I have in the past few weeks.

And I cannot remember a time I’ve been this excited about fruit salad. Lemon poppy seed dressing over seasonal fruit and topped with earl grey coconut cream. It’s so simple, so flavorful, so truly mind-blowing. Dare I say, this fruit salad could change your life. Or at least your go-to potluck/picnic/party recipe.

It’s quick, it’s beautiful and the flavors get better and better the longer it sits. Which is a good thing, since you can make it ahead of time for that brunch, barbecue, birthday party or baby shower you’ll be headed to this summer season.

This post celebrates Pure Ella and the anticipated arrival of her new little babe! Since we couldn’t get together in ‘real life’ we thought it would be fun to celebrate here on the interwebs. In honor of Ella, all of the party dishes are  gluten-free, and vegan. Check out the links below to see what everyone is bringing.

80 Twenty – Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus

Beard and Bonnet – Shower Worthy Tea Sandwiches

Coconut & Berries – Strawberry Orange Rosewater Smoothie

Fork and Beans – Lemon Blackberry Cupcakes

Healthy Green Kitchen – Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes

My Heart Beets – Artichoke Hummus

Nourished Kitchen – Cultured Coconut Milk + Mango Popsicles

So…Let’s Hang Out – Cucumber Mint Limeade

Tasty Yummies – Sprouted Hummus Cucumber Cups

Vegan Miam – Sweet Potato Dumplings in Ginger and Jasmine Syrup

Vegan Richa – Dark Chocolate Silk Pie

 The Veggie Nook – Lemon Poppy Seed Truffles

Gourmande In The Kitchen  Hibiscus, Strawberry + Rhubarb Iced Tea

Earl Grey Coconut Cream | @withfoodandlove

Lemon Poppy Seed Fruit Salad with Earl Grey Coconut Cream | @withfoodandlove

Lemon Poppy Seed Fruit Salad

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 6 mins
Serves 4 small bowls     adjust servings

This is a great dessert to prepare ahead of time because it gets better and more flavorful the longer it sits. You can use any fruit, whatever is in season. The riper and sweeter it is, the less maple syrup you will need to use.


  • 2 cups fruit, I used mangoes + blackberries
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1 - 3 teaspoons maple syrup
  • juice + zest from 1 lemon


  1. In a small mixing bowl whisk together the poppy seeds, maple syrup, lemon juice and zest.
  2. Combine well and pour on top of the fruit.
  3. Toss to combine well, and serve salad with a dollop of earl grey coconut cream {see below}.

Earl Grey Coconut Cream

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 11 mins
Serves 1 cup     adjust servings

This cream can be made ahead of time, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


  • 4 earl grey tea bags
  • 1/4 cup filtered water
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup coconut cream


  1. Bring ¼ cup of water to a boil and then steep the tea for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags, squeezing the liquid out gently, and pop the tea into the refrigerator to chill completely. This will only take about 10 minutes.
  2. Blend together the chilled tea, maple syrup, vanilla and coconut cream with a hand mixer until well-combined, be careful not to over mix.

36 Responses to "Lemon Poppy Seed Fruit Salad with Earl Grey Coconut Cream"

  1. Reply

    Meg@ Beard and Bonnet

    May 7, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Sherrie, can you please virtually pass me some of this fruit salad? OMG, simply stunning. Thank you so much for contributing to Ella’s baby shower and for lending your space for the day to help celebrate. It means the world to me and I know it means a ton to Ella too.

    Your the best!

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      May 12, 2014 at 9:04 PM

      Thank you Meg!! You a total rockstar for putting this together :)

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    May 7, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    My mouth just dropped. This is gorgeous, Sherrie! I honestly had no clue that a fruit salad could be my favorite dish from an entire spread…xo

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    Pure Ella

    May 7, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    What a lovely, bright and happy recipe Sherrie, it’s just what I love. Thank you so much for being a part of this special day – I love all you ladies and really appreciate all this food + love in my honor. I just wish this was real life so I could eat up all this delicious food!

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      May 12, 2014 at 9:03 PM

      Ella you got it girl – I am so honored and proud to be a part of this!

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    Gina @ So Let's Hang Out

    May 7, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Sher-bear. I want this for breakfast. I am drooling over it. I am so into mangoes lately!! I just want to mango all the things. Beautiful!

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      May 12, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      Thanks lady friend!! I know mangoes are like AMAZE-zing right now.

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    Kelly @ Nosh and Nourish

    May 7, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Simply gorgeous, Sherrie!! I can’t wait to try this.

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    May 7, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    I absolutely love the background and the plate you created – ripe mangoes and blackberries! I cannot find beautiful ripe mangoes here that look like yours…I wish I live in a tropical city! Thank you for sharing this dish for Ella’s Virtual Baby Shower, it’s so great to meet new bloggers! 

  7. Reply

    Beth @ Tasty Yummies

    May 7, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    I feel like I cannot tell you enough how totally in love I am with everything you are doing lately. You are seriously on fire. This salad needs it’s own special name because it puts ALL other “fruit salads” to shame. Seriously. Earl Grey whipped coconut cream! Brilliance. OK enough fawning. <3 you girl.

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    May 7, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    That is one special fruit salad! Love the idea of adding poppy seeds for a fun texture, and that cream!! I want to dive head first into it.
    Nice to be introduced to your blog through Ella’s party :)

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      May 12, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      So nice to “meet” you too Emma :)

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    Gabby @ the veggie nook

    May 7, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    I adore this plate! I mean Earl Grey Whipped Coconut Cream? My heart just skipped a beat. I love how we both went with poppy seeds! Yay polka dots ;)

    So happy to have participated in this with you!

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    Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen

    May 7, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Oh my gosh lemon poppy seed and earl grey tea sounds perfect together, those are some of my very favorite flavors!

    • Reply


      May 12, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      The best, right?! XOXO

  11. Reply


    May 8, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    Wow this salad is so gorgeous. All my fav fruits and coconut cream?! Yes, please!

  12. Reply


    May 8, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    This looks amazing! I never thought to flavor coconut cream with tea. I think I’ll try a green tea variety too.

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      May 12, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      Oh green tea sounds lovely!

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    May 8, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Um, in my case this gorgeous salad would only serve one… I can’t wait to try this – and that coconut cream sounds divine!

  14. Reply

    Richa {}

    May 9, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    refreshing and happy indeed. gorgeous clicks of the salad too!

  15. Reply


    June 14, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Making a tea infused cream sounds heavenly, but I don’t care for coconut, would it work with a plain cream?

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      June 17, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      Absolutely! Enjoy :)

  16. Reply


    June 15, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Love this so much! I’m 100% with you on the mango love — one of my favorite fruits. And Earl Grey coconut whipped cream is totally blowing my mind. Especially paired with these blackberries and mangoes — ahhh!

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      June 17, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      This fruit salad is kind of life-changing, I didn’t know fruit salad could be life-changing until now ;)

      Thanks for stopping by friend, so much love to you Cynthia!!

  17. Reply

    Djenn K

    December 13, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    LOVE this recipe and blog–thank you!

    So you know: if you *accidentally* add the liquid in with your coconut cream and blend it, it makes the dressing a little thin to be “whipped cream” for the salad but makes an EXCELLENT coffee creamer. Just sayin’. :)

    We keep some mixed up on hand at ALL times….

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      December 14, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      Thanks for the tip :)) + thanks for reading With Food + Love!! New readers are my favorite. xo

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    Juliana Storms

    April 6, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Mango, summer bliss. You’ve got all my favourite flavor combos together. Would love to hear how you would use the remaining coconut liquids-my thoughts are smoothies, rice, What’s your expertise?

    • Reply


      April 7, 2015 at 12:45 PM

      Heck yeah Juliana – those liquids are great in smoothies, curry dishes and cocktails!

  19. Reply


    April 27, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    HI! I found your website just today (through Pinterest) and haven’t left it for some time now! I love every recipe and have been madly Yumprinting for the future! You seem to be posting wonderful recipes just for ME though I know this could not be so! Now, I visit with quite a few food blogs but I have never been drawn to their recipes like I am to yours! Do you have a cookbook? You have a fan for life! Thank you for your beautiful blog, gorgeous photography and fabulous recipes! You truly speak to me and I thank you…keep up your excellent work…I know that it is an effort and I appreciate your attention to detail and love for good food.

    • Reply


      April 27, 2015 at 7:45 PM

      Hi Nickie! Thank you SO MUCH for your beautiful comment. You have no idea how much I needed to hear these words today. I do not have a cookbook {yet}. But, I’m so happy to know you are a new fan of mine. So super glad you found me and thanks again, xo!

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    December 26, 2016 at 7:23 PM

    I was searching for why my canned coconut cream was grey (perfectly normal) and your recipe popped up. It sounded so absolutely wonderful I had to click on it. And then to find out it’s vegan-perfection. I haven’t made it, but I’m definitely pinning it. The earl grey, the poppy seeds, just sound unique and delicious. Thank you for posting it!

    • Reply


      December 30, 2016 at 8:53 AM

      You’re welcome Leslie! I hope you love it.

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