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Strawberry Salad Recipe with Poppy Seed Dressing

Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing is a refreshing and easy salad recipe. Fresh strawberries, cucumbers, and pecans make this a perfect summer salad. 

Strawberry Salad Recipe with Poppy Seed Dressing

This salad is so good, it can be enjoyed as a main dish or a side dish. Try it with Instant Pot Ribs, Cornflake Chicken, or Oven Baked Chicken Thighs

Strawberry Salad Ingredients

To make this delicious salad recipe, you will need the following ingredients (go to the recipe below for exact quantities and instructions):

  • Strawberries
  • Spinach or romaine lettuce: You can substitute these two with your favorite Green leafy vegetable.
  • Cucumber: You can use a regular cucumber or an English cucumber if you would like more of a crunch.
  • Red onion
  • Pecans: The pecans can be substituted for your favorite nut. I like the flavor of a toasted pecan, but it’s not entirely necessary and the salad tastes great with raw pecans.
  • Avocado
  • Olive oil
  • Greek yogurt
  • Vinegar: I used Apple cider vinegar, but it can be substituted with red or white wine vinegar.
  • Poppy seeds
  • Garlic
  • Dijon mustard
  • Honey
  • Salt and pepper

I recommend a small cruet or dressing shaker (affiliate link) to hold the salad dressing. These are perfect for storing and serving. 

Poppy Seed Dressing in a clear cruet

How to Make Strawberry Salad

  1. Make the salad. Place the spinach or romaine lettuce (or both if you fancy!) in a large bowl and then layer the rest of the ingredients on top.
  2. Make the poppy seed dressing. Combine all the ingredients all the into bowl and whisk until combined.
  3. Serve and enjoy. Drizzle dressing over salad and toss (you may need to whisk the dressing before drizzling to combine the vinegar and oil). Serve immediately. 

Poppyseed Dressing poured over a salad with strawberries

How to Toast Pecans

You can toast pecans by placing them in a dry skillet over medium high heat. Gently shake the pan occasionally while pecans cook for 4-5 minutes or until they become fragrant.

Be careful not to leave them unattended as they can burn quickly.

Optional Add Ins

  • Feta cheese crumbles
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Pear
  • Ramen noodles (for added crunch!)
  • Shredded chicken breast

Strawberry Salad Recipe with Poppy Seed Dressing

Storage Instructions

Once assembled, the strawberry salad will taste best when eaten fresh, the day of. I recommend assembling your salad the day that you plan to eat it.

Once the salad dressing has been mixed with all the other ingredients, it will last for 1 day. The salad dressing can be made up to two days in advance. 

Strawberry Salad Recipe with Poppy Seed Dressing

Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing is a refreshing and easy salad recipe. Fresh strawberries, cucumbers, and pecans make this a perfect summer salad. 

Ingredients

Salad ingredients:

  • 1 pound strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • 1 (6 oz) bag of spinach or romaine lettuce
  • ½ cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup pecans, toasted (optional)
  • 1 avocado, diced

Poppyseed Dressing:

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon poppyseeds
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Place the spinach or romaine lettuce (or both if you fancy!) in a large bowl and then layer the rest of the ingredients on top.
  2. Combine all the dressing ingredients all the into bowl and whisk until combined.
  3. Drizzle dressing over salad and toss (you may need to whisk the dressing before drizzling to combine the vinegar and oil).
  4. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 207Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 151mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 6gSugar: 12gProtein: 5g

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