May 7, 2014 40

Blackberry + Mango Lemon Poppy Seed Fruit Salad with Earl Grey Whipped Coconut Cream


Apparently, this spring, I’ve been wicked obsessed with mangoes. I can’t help it though, they are 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. This Blackberry + Mango Lemon Poppy Seed Fruit Salad with Earl Grey Whipped Coconut Cream is so simple, so flavorful, so truly mind-blowing.

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Dare I say, this fruit salad will change your life.

There I said it. It will. It is a total dessert game changer. 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 is my new favorite party go-to, my spring + summer staple.

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Blackberry + Mango Lemon Poppy Seed Fruit Salad

Notes: you can whip this up in 10 minutes flat. This is also a great dessert to prepare ahead of time because it gets better the longer it sits. Serves about 4 people.


  • 4 super juicy ripe mangoes
  • 1 cup of blackberries
  • 1/4 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon local honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest + more for garnish

Wash the blackberries and set aside on a tea towel to dry.

Slice and peel the mangoes into long sections.

In a small mixing bowl whisk together the poppy seeds, honey, lemon juice + lemon zest. Combine well and pour over top the mangoes. With your hands toss to coat. Last add in the blackberries, these are fragile, toss lightly.

Serve fruit salad with a dollop of earl grey whipped coconut cream {see below} and lemon zest.

Earl Grey Whipped Coconut Cream

Notes: Notes: I like this brand of coconut cream the best {but any full-fat canned coconut milk will work}. The lining is BPA-free, but it does contain some preservatives. However – the coconut cream comes out perfect every time and to me, that’s worth it. Refrigerate your can of coconut milk overnight or for at least 4 hours and do not shake. This cream can be made ahead of time, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Yields approximately 1 cup.


  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 2 earl grey tea bags
  • 1/4 cup filtered water
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons local honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Bring 1/4 cup of water to a boil and then steep your tea for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags and pop the tea into the refrigerator to chill completely, about 10 minutes.

Blend together the chilled tea, honey and vanilla with a electric hand mixer. Carefully scoop out the coconut cream that has formed on the top of the can and discard the liquid from the bottom. Whip until smooth.

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 + 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

40 Responses to "Blackberry + Mango Lemon Poppy Seed Fruit Salad with Earl Grey Whipped Coconut Cream"

  1. Reply

    Pure Ella

    May 7, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    What a lovely, bright and happy recipe Sherrie! ;)
    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 honour ;)

    I just wish this was real life so I could eat up all this delicious food!
    Thank you SO much!!
    xoxo Ella

    • Reply


      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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    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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    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!

    • Reply


      May 12, 2014 at 9:05 PM

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

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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! Not a huge fan of honey but I bet this will be tasty with maple syrup or caramel (drools). Thank you for sharing this dish for Ella’s Virtual Baby Shower, it’s so great to meet new bloggers! 

    • Reply


      May 12, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      It’s so nice to meet you too!!

      And it’s fab with maple syrup as well :)

  6. Reply

    Kelly @ Nosh and Nourish

    May 7, 2014 at 2:32 PM

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

  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

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    May 8, 2014 at 12:21 AM

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

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    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!

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  17. Reply

    Richa {}

    May 9, 2014 at 3:04 PM

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

  18. Reply


    June 14, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Hello!! I have a question about this lovely recipe- I’ve tried several times to make the whipped coconut cream but it won’t thicken up! I use the trader joes brand of coconut cream and everything. Any suggestions for why this would be happening?

    • Reply


      June 17, 2014 at 1:03 PM

      Hey Larissa! I’m really glad you left me this comment because while I’ve made this successfully dozens of times with Trader Joe’s thick + creamy coconut, the past two attempts I made with their product, it never thickened. Even after leaving it in the refrigerator for a whole 24 hours!! I am thinking that maybe they’ve changed their recipe or they’re going through a few batches of cream that isn’t consistent with their original product and I think I am going to write them to let them know.

      I have updated the post with another brand I prefer…thanks so much for letting me know you were experiencing this too, because I kind of thought I was going crazy ;)


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    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 :)

  20. 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!

    • Reply


      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!!

  21. 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….

    • Reply


      December 14, 2014 at 1:09 PM

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

  22. Reply

    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!

  23. 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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