four seasons fruit salad with polka dot dressing

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~four seasons fruit salad ~

A lovely, delicious salad that you can make any time of the year. This is a great “use what you have” sort of a recipe. Feel free to substitute a can of drained fruit cocktail, canned peaches, or canned pineapple if you don’t have a bunch of fresh fruit on hand…substitute kiwi or another berry for the strawberries…you get the idea.

In a large bowl, combine:

2 large oranges, peeled, segmented and cut into bite size pieces

2 bananas, peeled and sliced

1 large apple, cubed

1/2 cup sweetened coconut

1 cup sliced strawberries

1 and 1/2 cups mini marshmallows

1/2 coarse chopped pecans

~ polka dot dressing ~

1 cup light mayonnaise

1/3 cup honey

zest of 1/2 orange

2 Tablespoons poppy seeds

1-2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar

pinch of salt

Place all ingredients in a canning jar and shake to mix. Pour over fruit salad. Fold in gently. Cover tightly and refrigerate until ready to eat. Transfer to a pretty bowl and garnish with mint leaves, if desired.



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  16 comments for “four seasons fruit salad with polka dot dressing

  1. February 22, 2012 at 10:12 am

    I love the “polka dot” dressing! such a lovely salad 🙂

    • Melissa
      February 22, 2012 at 10:30 am

      Thanks Ann! 🙂 xo

  2. February 22, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Ooohhh…this is a great summer idea!

    Light and not too heavy. Perfect.

    • Melissa
      February 23, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      Thanks Carrie 🙂 enjoy my lovely!

  3. February 22, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    This sounds sooooo good. I found you on fb, and am now following your blog. Patsy

    • Melissa
      February 23, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      YAY Patsy! glad you found me! xoxo, enjoy 🙂

  4. Jennifer | Mother Thyme
    February 23, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    What a great idea! I love this salad. It sounds delicious. Something I know my kids and I would love. A definite must try!

    • Melissa
      February 23, 2012 at 12:32 pm

      So pleased you like it, Jennifer! xo

  5. March 21, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Love this Melissa! Cheers me up considerably! 🙂

    • Melissa
      March 21, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      YAY! This is a happy recipe 🙂 xoxo

  6. Karen
    March 13, 2013 at 2:28 am

    Made this today, minus the apple (didn’t have it on hand), used cuties (mandarin oranges) in place of the orange and extra bananas, I also added some blueberries. Super yummy! It is a keeper!

    • Melissa
      March 13, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      Hi Karen! So happy you like it! thanks for visiting 🙂

  7. Denise Pope
    April 23, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    I think maybe I would add grapes and sliced almonds instead of pecans? I love pecans but think almonds may suit my family better!! What an AWESOME recipe!!! Cant wait to make it!! Thank you for SHARING!!

    • Melissa
      April 23, 2013 at 6:36 pm

      Hi Denise! Absolutely tailor this to your tastes 🙂 I love recipes that can be tweaked just a bit to suit me and my family. Enjoy, and thanks so much for commenting! xo

  8. Ruth Cobb
    July 27, 2013 at 9:28 am

    It’s fun when something can turn out differently every time but still be pretty and tasty.

    • Melissa
      July 27, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      SO true, Ruth! love those yummy, verstaile, “use-what-you-have-in-the-fridge” recipes! enjoy 😉

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