There’s nothing like an Ozarks sunset.

Ozarks Sunset Fruit Salad

The inspiration for this colorful fruit salad came a few summers ago when I was sitting on my back deck, watching the sun dip below the horizon. The sky was an amazing array of color – so beautiful and vibrant. As I saw that majestic scene unfold, I was overwhelmed with the greatness of our God.

Ozarks Sunset Fruit Salad

4 cups fresh spinach, torn into bite-size pieces
4 cups romaine lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
4 kiwifruit, peeled & cut into half moons
2 cups oranges, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup blueberries
1 cup sliced strawberries
1/2 cup sliced or slivered almonds, toasted

Combine ingredients in a large bowl, and toss well.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: about 1 1/4 cups)

Recipe Notes

  • Serve with Orange-Poppy Seed Salad Dressing or Apple-Cinnamon Salad Dressing.


Orange-Poppy Seed Salad Dressing

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon diced red onion
1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
1/4 teaspoon orange zest
1/8 teaspoon dry mustard
1/8 teaspoon salt

Combine all ingredients in a covered glass jar, and shake well. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: about 1 tablespoon)


Apple-Cinnamon Salad Dressing

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup unsweetened apple juice
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon diced red onion
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a covered glass jar, and shake well. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: about 1 tablespoon)


  1. Sounds absolutely Delicious!


  2. This looks like an awesome salad and the colors are so vibrant! God does love us even when we are so sinful and wayward. His love never changes. Thank you sweet Jesus.

  3. Elena and Judy, you’ll have to let me know what you think when you try it. We had it again last night, and it was just as yummy the second time. 🙂

  4. Do you have to add the onion i do not like them?

  5. zakiyyah r says:

    What vinegars can I use?

    • I’m sorry, but vinegar isn’t a part of the Daniel Fast. See #4 on FAQs for the explanation. Also, you might want to refer to Food Guidelines for any other questions. Thanks!

      • Are Dill pickles allowed? They are cured in vinegar. Thanks.

        • Hi, Lana! No, pickles aren’t allowed because of the vinegar. The process of creating vinegar involves fermentation, and the oxidation of ethanol produces an alcohol-containing liquid. However, one particular vinegar, apple cider vinegar, has many nutritional benefits, so some people may choose to include it on their fast. The idea of the fast is to deny yourself as an act of worship to the Lord. We don’t want to be so legalistic about every single thing that we put into our mouths that we miss the whole point of the Daniel Fast, so I would encourage you to seek the Lord for direction. Thanks for your question!

  6. A must try!! Looks amazing!!

  7. Was wondering how long the apple cinnamon dressing would last in the refrigerator?

  8. K.T.Terry says:

    Do u toast the almonds in the oven or do you buy them already toasted?


  9. Brittany Teune says:

    I love this dressing, but after 2 days it totally separated in the jar and the cinnamon has all clumped together. Has this happened to anyone else? How can I prevent this?

    • All you need to do is give it a good shake! You might also need to leave the dressing at room temperature for about 5-10 minutes before serving. That should help. Thanks for your question!

  10. It mentions no dairy, does that mean plain yogurt it out?

  11. Shannon Holbrook says:

    The orange poppy-seed dressing is amazing! I am going to make that even after my fast is over. I made a spinach, pear (bosc), and walnut salad last night and the dressing made me feel guilty it was too good! (i am not a fan of onions so I kept those out, otherwise i followed it to a T)

  12. Hi I’m preparing the salad dressings and I would like to know what type of lemon juice am I to purchase? What kind of orange juice am I to purchase?
    I thought lemon juice, apple juice and orange juice would be a no no, but I’m surprised that it is allowed.

    • The recommended beverage on the Daniel Fast is water. You should drink it most of the time. Fruit juices (100%, unsweetened) CAN be used, such to flavor recipes and occasionally as a drink. But I don’t recommend drinking a lot of fruit juice, although having it fresh from an extractor is better and more nutritious than store-bought juice. Water is very important on the fast, so you don’t ever want to compromise your water intake by drinking too much juice. I hope this explanation makes sense!