Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Strawberry Poppy Seed Salad

Last week while at Meijer, I spotted some beautiful strawberries! They were bright red and looked like they were bursting with flavor. Now, while I love strawberries, especially on a salad, I never buy them in the early spring.

You can probably figure out why...they are expensive! This year I have seen them significantly less expensive. I have been racking my brain to figure this out. I know my prices, and know this is unusual.

Last night on the news, my question was answered! Supposedly California and Florida's berries all ripened at the same time, so the market is flooded. I knew there had to be a reason for this.

Ok, on to the salad. This is really just something I threw together, but the dressing is what makes it...in my humble opinion. There are so many things you could do to this salad. You could serve it as just a side salad, change the fruit up, add chicken. It makes a nice light and easy dinner when you are on the run!

Here is what I put on my salads:
Baby Spinach
Bacon, cooked and diced
Strawberries
Gorgonzola Cheese
Pecans
Mushrooms

Honey Poppy Seed Vinaigrette
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds
dash of Worcestershire sauce

Put the dressing ingredients in a jar and shake it up. It is best to make it the morning of and let the flavors really come together.

The dressing yields 4 servings

This recipe is linked to Ultimate Recipe Swap at Life as Mom

11 comments:

Jessica said...

YUM! Im going to have to try that dressing. I've gotten into a balsamic dressing rut!

Katie said...

I make balsamic all the time, too! I love it but it does get old!

Lately I have just been on a salad dressing making kick!

heartnsoulcooking said...

WOW!!! I love the combination in this salad, sounds and looks WONDERFUL!!! just in time for strawberry season.
Geri

Tiffanee said...

This looks and sounds so delicious. Stawberries are so good in salads. The dressing sounds just like one I have been searching for. I will be trying this out. Would love to have your balsamic dressing recipe also. I have been into balsamic vinegar lately. Thanks!! Now I have to clean up the drool off my keyboard. So wish I could have lunch with you!

Mrs. P. said...

One of my very favorite salads....I'm taking this to a ladies luncheon later this month.

Blessings!
Gail

Katie said...

Tiffanee,

Here is the recipe I use for my balsamic dressing...

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
2/3 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese, optional

Let me know if you like it!!

April said...

Yum! I haven't bought any strawberries yet this season, now I have the perfect excuse to.

Tiffanee said...

I didn't have all the ingredients for the salad on hand but I made the dressing.. OH MAN! You struck gold. It is so delicious! I loved it! Thanks so much for sharing!

Katie said...

Isn't it good! I was so surprised how much better it got after a day. It gets sweeter or something! Glad you liked it!

Angie said...

Love this recipe for the dressing! Was wondering how you store your made dressing? In the fridge?

Katie said...

Angie,

Yep, I store it in the fridge. I will keep it for about a week.

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