Classic Strawberry Salad with Sweet Poppy Seed Vinaigrette
Yield: 4 servings (dressing yield = ½+ cup, enough for several salads)
Leftover roasted asparagus, snap or snow peas, and even shelled and cooked edamame pair beautifully with this salad. Use the recipe as a framework, adding the desired amount of ingredients you enjoy. I often serve the basic recipe with a salmon or chicken for a delightfully filling dinner salad. You'll get several salads out of one batch of the dressing. I often double the recipe, as it will keep for several weeks.


For the sweet poppy seed vinaigrette:

  • ¼ cup (56ml) mild tasting olive oil or vegetable oil of choice
  • ¼ cup (48g) granulated sugar*
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) white vinegar (white wine or white balsamic-and basic old distilled works, too)
  • ½ tablespoon poppy seeds
  • ⅛ teaspoon paprika
  • ⅛ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tablespoon minced onion (I use red onion; a nice addition but may be omitted

For the salad:

  • 4-5 ounces (four generous handfuls or lightly packed cups) baby spinach or a mix of leaf, butter, romaine, or other greens of choice
  • 1 cup strawberries, hulled and sliced*
  • 1 small or ½ a large ripe avocado, chopped
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds, shelled pistachios, chopped pecans, or walnuts (I also like chopped Smokehouse almond and Spiced Pecans)
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta (could substitute goat cheese or gorgonzola if preferred)
  • ¼ cup slivered red onion, optional

Instructions

  1. For the vinaigrette: Add all of the ingredients to a jar with a tight-fitting lid; shake well to blend. Alternatively, you may whisk together in a small bowl. Store in the refrigerator, and let stand at room temperature for a few minutes before using. (The oil tends to separate and firm up when refrigerated.) Shake or stir well before using.

    For the salad: Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Toss with several tablespoons of the dressing-just enough to coat lightly-before serving.


Notes

*When peaches are in season, they offer a delicious alternative to strawberries in this salad.


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