Kim’s Summer Salad with Homemade Poppyseed Dressing

This summer salad with homemade poppyseed dressing is the best salad I’ve ever eaten. We have a friend, Kim (hi Kim!), who makes the world’s best salads. She always finds the freshest produce and crispest greens. She made us this salad when we first moved into our new house, and it was so mouth-wateringly delicious that I’ve been craving it ever since. With Memorial Day coming up, this is a really simple salad sure to please!

Now, when Kim made this for us, she used whole oranges. We didn’t have any on-hand, so I used mandarin oranges instead. I would say I preferred the full-sized oranges, but these were fine, too. 🤷🏻‍♀️

The best part of her salads is always the dressing. She never brings a salad unless the dressing is homemade, and it always makes it that much more delicious. Bottom line, this dish is a winner if you’re looking for a simple weeknight side or a take-along dish for a [socially distanced] get-together.

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summer salad with homemade dressing-wellesley and king-pittsburgh blogger

Kim's Summer Salad with Homemade Poppyseed Dressing

Grapefruit, oranges, red grapes, red onions, and bib lettuce make up this delicious summer salad.

Course Salad
Prep Time 20 minutes



  • 4 grapefruit, cut into thin, round slices
  • 4 oranges, cut into thin, round slices
  • 2 cups red grapes
  • 1 purple onion, cut into thin slices
  • 3 heads fresh bib lettuce
  • slivered almonds, for topping

Homemade Poppyseed Dressing

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp poppyseeds


I'm Lauren, a wife, mom, and corporate manager turned entrepreneur. I'm obsessed with organization, love a great vintage mid-century find, and only cook no-fuss meals that take under 30 minutes. In a world of excess, I'm doing what I can to have less and enjoy the simple parts of life. If you're a modern woman who wants a simplified, yet beautiful, life, you have come to the right place. This blog is meant to inspire you, the modern woman, to have a "fewer, better" mentality, and to live with style in all areas of your life.

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