Happily Gluten and Dairy Free Pear, Blueberry, Cucumber, Tomato Fruit Salad Laura Friendly

I know, this sounds different… and it is different from your average fruit salad, but it’s good. I first discovered the wonderful blend of pears, cucumbers, tomatoes and avocados, while doing a fruit cleanse (aka: fruit feast) as part of a yoga training. Until that time, it had never occurred to me to mix foods I considered vegetables, with sweet fruit. As I soon discovered, cucumbers, tomatoes and avocados are technically fruit, because they contain seeds. So you see, this works!

This idea, made me rethink what a fruit salad could be. Adding crunchy cucumber and soft avocado offer different textures to a fruit salad. Plus they compliment the sweet blueberries and pears.

Great, with or without dressing, this fruit salad is a MUST for summer. Enjoy!

Poppy Seed Dressing
by Laura Friendly

  • 4 tbsp light oil (avocado)
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • juice & zest of 1 lime
  • ½ tsp poppy seeds
  • ¼ tsp salt

In a small bowl, whisk together oil, agave, vinegar, lime juice, lime zest, poppy seeds and salt. Set aside.

Pear, Blueberry, Cucumber, Tomato Fruit Salad
by Laura Friendly

  • 1 pear, diced
  • 1 english cucumber, sliced or diced
  • 1 cup sweet cherry tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 cup sweet blueberries
  • 1 avocado, diced

In a large bowl, toss together diced pear, cucumber, tomatoes and blueberries. Pour Poppy Seed Dressing over the top and mix well. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes, top with avocado and serve.

Other Summer Recipes to Try:
Parsley & Cilantro Pesto
Spring Rolls

All Images & Content are by Laura Friendly. This post is written and based on my personal experience and opinion on food. The information is not intended to replace professional medical counsel. Always seek the advice of your physician if you have a food allergy. And don’t forget to smile!

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  1. ooh… can’t wait to get my next basket from the famer’s market coop and try this out!

  2. This looks amazing…i can’t wait to try. My roommates and i are doing a raw-vegan cleans so i’m constantly looking for good salads to try. i might have to use a different dressing though. if you get a chance check out our blog it’s called Five Girls Raw.

    • I hope you like it. If you want to skip the dressing, just squeeze a bit of fresh lime juice over the top. It’s still delicious! :)

      Laura Friendly | 3/30/2012 08:03 am
  3. This looks yummy!

  4. this looks delicious!