Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke
7 servings

Toss mixed salad greens with flavorful fruit, walnut halves, and a homemade orange-poppy seed dressing for a fresh and delicious side salad that pairs well with most main dishes. 

How to Make It

Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Arrange 2 cups salad on each of 7 plates; drizzle with 1 tablespoon Orange-Poppy Seed Dressing (reserve remaining dressing for another use). Top each serving with 3 walnut halves.

Chef's Notes

"I love to experiment, so I'm always creating recipes. The dressing in this salad is one I've been making a long time for fruit salad, but it also works well on leafy greens. Bagged salad mixes are a great time-saver, and you can throw a meal together in no time by adding a protein such as grilled chicken or shrimp." —Recipe Author and Sides & Salads Finalist, Debra Keil, Owasso, Okla.

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Ratings & Reviews

This recipe should show up in a July/August issue

July 21, 2015
We had it for the first time mid July, when the temps were up and we wanted something light.  To be honest, this was the first time I've had a salad with so much citrus in it, I was afraid it would be overpowering, but it was so light and refreshing, we ate it twice in the same week.  I understand the convenience of pre-packaged but we used fresh grapefruit and pineapple.  This will definitely be a regular summer staple for me and I can't wait to bring it to an event, I love to introduce unexpected food combinations to others.

osequin's Review

December 22, 2013
What a nice, bright salad! The dressing is very good and simple to make.

JessicaNat's Review

May 19, 2013

ddluse's Review

July 05, 2012
For the dressing I used instead: 2 parts Blood Orange Olive Oil and 1 part Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar. I also added a bit of Feta Cheese like someone suggested. Have a Walnut allergy so used some pecans. I got so many compliments on this 4th of July.

Jackie0000's Review

August 04, 2010
Loved the salad. Very refreshing. I served it to my friends after a hot day of golf and they loved it. The dressing would go with any fresh salad. The best low cal option I've seen.

LaraFerri's Review

June 20, 2010
It is soooo good!!!

pastafan's Review

March 05, 2010
This salad was a treat for a Minnesotan in mid-February. My husband took creative license at the grocery store, so we made a few substitutions. Strawberries for grapefruit, almonds for walnuts, and spinach for mixed greens. I threw in some low-fat feta & avocado to make a complete lunch. I will definately be making this salad for my family & will serve at our beach picnics this summer.

DianeBoehm's Review

March 01, 2010
Absolutely loved this salad. I would use fresh pineapple instead, the canned had an unusual flavor. I also used fresh grapefruit since I couldn't find canned. Great summer salad.

NancyR2's Review

February 27, 2010
Absolutely divine for a light salad to complimenet a rich meal. The different fruits are wonderful. Don't go to heavy on the saldad dressing. It doesn't need much.