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Blueberry Peach Poppy Seed Salad

What do you get when you combine crisp greens, juicy ripe peaches, sweet plump blueberries, vibrant pickled red onions and crunchy candied almonds with a sweet, tangy poppy seed dressing? This fabulous Blueberry Peach Poppy Seed Salad!
Servings 6
Calories 149 kcal
Author Chris Scheuer


For the pickled red onions:

  • ¼ medium red onion sliced
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • teaspoon kosher salt

For the sweet and smoky candied almonds:

  • ½ cup whole almonds
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

For the salad:

  • 6-8 ounces fresh greens spinach, arugula, watercress, spring greens
  • 2 medium peaches halved, pitted and thinly sliced
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • pickled red onions see recipe above
  • candied almonds see recipe above
  • Honey Cider Poppy Seed Dressing to taste
  • cup crumbled goat cheese optional


For the pickled red onions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small covered container. Cover and shake well. Allow to sit at room temperature for at least 20 minutes, shaking occasionally.

For the sweet and smoky candied almonds:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325˚F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray the parchment paper lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.

  2. Spray a small, non-stick skillet and a heat-resistant spatula with cooking spray. Add the almonds, paprika, cayenne and salt and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently (scraping the sides of the pan) until almonds are coated and the maple syrup has disappeared (about 3-5 minutes).

  3. Transfer the almonds to the prepared pan and spread to a single layer. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on the pan.

For the salad:

  1. Place greens in a large shallow bowl. Top with the peaches, blueberries, pickled red onions. Drizzle lightly with the dressing then sprinkle the candied almonds and goat cheese (if using) over the top. Pass extra dressing at the table.

Recipe Notes

See Café Tips above in the post for more detailed instructions and tips.

Nutritional information does not include the Honey Cider Dressing. See that post for the dressing nutrition.

Nutrition Facts
Blueberry Peach Poppy Seed Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 149 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 215mg9%
Potassium 361mg10%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 3016IU60%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 84mg8%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.