May 7, 2014 29

Mango Fruit Salad with Poppy Seed + Earl Grey Coconut Cream

Fresh mango salad with poppy seed dressing and Earl Grey coconut cream.
Mango Fruit Salad with Poppy Seed + Earl Grey Coconut Cream | Life-changing mango fruit salad with fresh berries, honey lemon poppy seed dressing and earl grey coconut cream. The best springtime fruit salad. An easy, classy fruit salad dessert to impress.

Apparently this spring.

I’ve been very obsessed with mangoes.

And now this mango fruit salad.

I can’t help it.

They’re so ripe.

And vibrant.

And juicy.

And delicious right now.

Truly mangoes are nature’s candy. I cannot remember a time in my life when I’ve embraced them as much as I have in the past few weeks. And I cannot remember a time I’ve been this excited about a mango fruit salad. Or any fruit salad. Or any salad for that matter. The poppy seed dressing comes together in minutes with fresh lemon juice and lemon zest and honey. Pour that over the seasonal fruit and topped with chilled Earl Grey coconut cream.

It is so simple and so flavorful and it can easily transition from breakfast or snack item to dessert. Dare I say, this fruit salad could change your life. Or, at the very least, it could become your go-to potluck/picnic/party recipe.

It is quick. It is stunning. And the flavors get better and better the longer it sits. Which is a very 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 warm weather season.

This post celebrates my friend, Pure Ella. And the anticipated arrival of her new little baby boy. Because we couldn’t get together in real life we thought it would be fun to celebrate Ella here, on the internet. In honor of Ella, and how she prefers to eat, all of the party dishes are gluten-free, and vegan. My mango fruit salad contains honey, which depending on how vegan you are, may or may not be compliant. Feel free to substitute whatever sweetener you prefer. Maple syrup would be a good option.

Head to Gina’s blog, So…Let’s Hang Out to see what everyone is bringing.

Mango Fruit Salad with Poppy Seed + Earl Grey Coconut Cream | Life-changing mango fruit salad with fresh berries, honey lemon poppy seed dressing and earl grey coconut cream. The best springtime fruit salad. An easy, classy fruit salad dessert to impress.

Mango Fruit Salad with Poppy Seed + Earl Grey Coconut Cream | Life-changing mango fruit salad with fresh berries, honey lemon poppy seed dressing and earl grey coconut cream. The best springtime fruit salad. An easy, classy fruit salad dessert to impress.

Mango Fruit Salad with Poppy Seed

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Serves 4 portions

This mango fruit salad can be made for breakfast, snack or dessert. You can also prepare it ahead of time because as it gets better and more flavorful the longer it sits.


  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons honey {or preferred sweetener}
  • 1 lemon, juice + zest
  • 2 cups mangoes, sliced
  • 1 cup blackberries


In a small mixing bowl whisk together the poppy seeds, honey, lemon juice and zest. 

Pour the poppy seed dressing on top of the fruit and toss gently to combine.

Refrigerate until you are ready to serve, and serve with a dollop of Earl Grey coconut cream.

Earl Grey Coconut Cream

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 mins
Serves 1 cup

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 honey {or preferred sweetener}
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup coconut cream


Make a tea concentrate by boiling 1/4 cup of water and steeping the tea for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags and squeeze the liquid out gently. Put the tea in the refrigerator to chill completely. This should take about 10 minutes.

Blend together the chilled tea, honey, vanilla and coconut cream with a hand mixer until well-combined, be careful not to over mix.

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29 Responses to "Mango Fruit Salad with Poppy Seed + Earl Grey Coconut Cream"

  1. Reply

    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 and 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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    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 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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    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 friend! I know mangoes are amazing 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. Thank you for sharing this dish for Ella’s Virtual Baby Shower, it’s so great to meet new bloggers! 

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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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    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 coconut cream! Brilliance. OK enough fawning. Love you girl.

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    May 7, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    This is one special mango 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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    May 7, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    I adore this plate! I mean Earl Grey coconut cream? My heart just skipped a beat. I love how we both went with poppy seeds. 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!

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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 12:21 AM

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

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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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    May 9, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Refreshing and happy indeed. Gorgeous pics of the salad too!

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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 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.

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    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 saying. We keep some mixed up on hand at all times.

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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

      Hey Juliana – those liquids are great in smoothies, curry dishes and cocktails! Adding it to rice sounds divine.

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    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 pinning 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.

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      April 27, 2015 at 7:45 PM

      Hi Nickie! Your beautiful comment made my day. You have no idea how much I needed to hear these words right now. I do not have a cookbook {yet}. But, I’m so happy to know you are a new fan of mine. 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 sounds so 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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