Cherry Fruit Salad with Poppy Drizzle


It’s peak season for our sweet-dark cherries, and in this post, Coryanne from our Kitchen Council shares a 15-minute fruit salad that combines cherries with apples, apricots, citrus, poppy seeds and an extra special dressing.

Summer has a way of making my fridge burst with life in a way that no other season can. Opening the door is like entering a flavor rainbow where every color is alive with a fresh taste that makes it hard to choose a favorite for summer; which is why I whip up a fruit salad at every chance I can get. Not just because it makes summer snacking healthy, but because it is a family activity that keeps our kitchen alive and busy on those hot days where time all but stands still until the sun goes down. This recipe for Cherry Fruit Salad with Muscovado Poppy Dressing is a happy accident that occurred when my daughter, Margaeux, helped me make a family lunch last week.

The plan was to make a fruit salad and sprinkle a few poppy seeds on it for fun, but she found a bottle of Muscovado simple syrup in the fridge and immediately elevated our humble salad into something quite remarkable for a Tuesday afternoon. Even if you are making this Muscovado Poppy Drizzle from scratch, it only takes around 15 minutes from start to cool and is very much worth the extra 15 minutes because you can use the syrup on pretty much anything you fancy, especially in cherry lemonade.

When starting on a cherry fruit salad, the trick is in pitting the cherries. Now is the time to invest in a pitter if you don’t have one, it not only saves you time in the kitchen, it saves you from wasting so much of that perfect cherry you are after for this salad. Of I you don’t have one, slice the cherries on either end and then nibble on the pits as a snack.