Fruit Salsa with Creamy Lemon Poppyseed Vinaigrette

Fruit Salsa with Creamy Lemon Poppyseed Vinaigrette |

I had a really hard time deciding if this recipe was actually a salsa or a salad, so I looked up the definition of salsa and this is what I found….A spicy sauce of chopped, usually uncooked vegetables or fruit, especially tomatoes, onions, and chili peppers, used as a condiment.  So ok… tomatoes, but I’ve got fruit and other vegetables including onions and peppers covered.  Then I looked up the definition of a salad and this is what I found….A cold dish of chopped vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, eggs, or other food, usually prepared with a dressing, such as mayonnaise.  So ok….I’ve got cold fruit and vegetables covered once again, along with a dressing which actually does have a little mayo in it.  So I think what I have here is what would happen if salsa and fruit salad were to have a baby!  πŸ‘Ά  So I could name this baby Fruity Poppyseed  Salsalad, or maybe Lemony Fruit Saladsa, but then you’d all think I was totally nuts, so in the end I settled on Fruit Salsa with Creamy Lemon Poppyseed Vinaigrette!  

Fruit Salsa with Creamy Lemon Poppyseed Vinaigrette |

The fresh factor of this salsa is amped up from the addition of mango and strawberry , which both work fabulously with the red bell pepper, avocado, red onion, and jalapeΓ±o!  For the vinaigrette I combined some homemade mayonnaise (find my favorite mayo recipe here), extra light tasting olive oil, white wine vinegar, lemon juice, finely zested lemon, a little chile infused honey, and a sprinkle of  poppyseeds.  I put the creamy vinaigrette ingredients in a mason jar and shook it until it was well combined, then poured it over the fruit and vegetables that I had tossed together in a large bowl.  Then I simply stirred it all together until every bit was coated in vinaigrette!  Of course, then I tasted it to make sure it was good. Then I tasted it again to make sure it was really good!  And then I tasted it again and did a happy dance ’cause it was so darn good!!!

Fruit Salsa with Creamy Lemon Poppyseed Vinaigrette |

Fruit Salsa with Lemon Poppyseed Vinaigrette
Serves 8
A luscious combination of sweet fruit, flavorful vegetables, tangy lemon dressing, and a little kick of spicy heat!
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
207 calories
24 g
3 g
13 g
2 g
2 g
193 g
123 g
19 g
0 g
10 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 207
Calories from Fat 112
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g
Saturated Fat 2g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 3mg
Sodium 123mg
Total Carbohydrates 24g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 19g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the Salsa
  1. 2 ripe mangoes, chopped
  2. 2 cups strawberries, hulled and quartered
  3. 1 avocado, diced
  4. 1 jalapeΓ±o, finely diced
  5. 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped small
  6. 1/4 cup red onion, diced
For the Dressing
  1. 1/4 cup homemade mayonnaise
  2. Zest of 1 lemon
  3. 4 tbsp. lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  4. 2 tbsp extra light tasting olive oil
  5. 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  6. 1/4 tsp salt
  7. 1 tsp poppy seeds
  8. 2 tbsp chile infused, or regular, honey
For the Dressing
  1. Place all dressing ingredients in a mason jar with lid and shake until well combined, or place ingredients in a bowl and whisk until well combined.
For the Salsa
  1. Place chopped fruit and vegetables in large mixing bowl and toss until combined.
  2. Pour Lemon Poppyseed Dressing over tossed salsa ingredients and stir until completely covered.
  3. serve immediately, or refrigerate and serve later.
  1. This actually gets better as it sits in the fridge for a couple hours to let the flavors meld!
  2. Refrigerate leftovers in covered container for up to 1 week.
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My imagination is running wild with all the possible ways to use this salsalad saladsa salsa!  What about with some cinnamon tortilla chips?  How about on a piece of toast with cream cheese?  Maybe stirred into some plain yogurt!  I have one fab idea up my sleeve, but I’m not telling what it is – until my next blog post, that is!  πŸ˜‰  

13 Comment

  1. I love chunky salad/salsas! Why bother defining things? This looks delicious πŸ™‚ The combination of strawberries and poppy seeds hooks me every time. Yum!

    1. Right, Lucy! Thank you! πŸ˜€

  2. That looks insanely delicious. Love the struggle on naming it! haha.
    I have an awesome idea of how to eat it. It involves a bowl. And a spoon. πŸ˜‰

    1. Thanks, Kylee! The struggle was real! Eating it was not a struggle however – your idea was pretty much exactly how it happened here!!! πŸ˜‰

  3. I think that salsa usually relies on natural acids and fruit juices as opposed to an additional dressing… and it’s meant more as a condiment rather than as an eat-alone dish. So that would be the only difference IMO! WHatever it is, it looks downright delicious

    1. I think you’re exactly right! My problem was that the recipe evolved as I was planning it, so I just thought it was fun to play with the idea of exactly how to classify it…..and thank you….we thought it was yummy! πŸ˜€

  4. I think that since you put a poppyseed dressing on it, it’s a salad. Looks great!

    1. Yep, Lisa! You’re right…but it was fun to make up names for it! πŸ˜‰

  5. Yum! You had me at Lemon Poppyseed Vinaigrette. Such a great salsa for summer!

    1. Thanks, Tara! I never get tired of lemon poppyseed anything! πŸ˜‰

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  7. This salad sounds wonderful! I’m all about fruit salads especially over the summer…so intrigued by your dressing over the fruit. I just bought the new fabanaise mayo from sir kensington using aquafaba and would love to use it to try this recipe!

    1. Thanks, Anjali! I hope you’ll give it a try! πŸ˜€

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