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Strawberry Salad With Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing

What better way to embrace the vibrancy of spring than with a Strawberry Salad with Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing? Sweet strawberries with crisp greens, crunchy nuts, and a creamy dressing that ties it all together. This salad is sure to satisfy your cravings for something fresh and flavorful, perfect for a light lunch, a side dish for a dinner party, or a colorful addition to your picnic spread.

Here in So Cal, it looks like spring, but it’s still chilly!! And if it’s not feeling or looking like Spring where you are, then this salad is just what you need! It’s fresh and bright and will cheer you right up. It’s my kick-off to “spring” salad.

However, patiently waiting for the really ripe strawberries to show up is a struggle! I refuse to buy them in the winter… they are never as delicious as they are when they are in season. But today, they were front and center when I strolled into my farmers market. Yippee!

Spring and summer salad season is ON! ☀️

And what’s a salad without fruit and nuts? I have a thing for fruit and nuts in my salads. They add so much flavor and crunch, and you can really mix them up to suit your taste buds. Use whatever lettuce you like, but whatever you do, don’t skip this dressing!

It’s downright lip-smacking and goes perfectly with this salad. I add a little Worcestershire sauce, which really adds something magical to the taste.

Cheers to spring and summer freshness! Hopefully, your market has farm-fresh strawberries, so you can make this salad ASAP!

Ingredient Notes And Substitutions

Ingredients for Strawberry salad with creamy poppy seed dressing

Strawberries ~ are the star of the salad, so find the most beautiful, fresh, and ripe ones you can

Lettuce ~ I used baby bib lettuce. Spinach, spring mix, spinach, or a mixture all work perfectly.

Pecans ~ use any nut you prefer. I love to use the sweet and spicy or candied pecans from Trader Joe’s.

Red onion ~ is optional, but I love the savory flavor and crunch it gives this salad. TIP: take the pungent bite out of red onions by placing them in ice water for about 10 minutes

Creamy Poppy seed dressing

Poopy seeds ~ can be found where the spices are in your local market

Mayonnaise ~ A few options here! you can substitute yogurt, lite mayo, or a vegan mayo

Worcestershire sauce ~ adds a savory note that balances out the sweetness and tanginess

Sugar ~ I have made this dressing with maple syrup or honey. Still delicious!

Vinegar ~ I use white wine vinegar. Apple cider or rice wine can be substituted.

Lemon ~ acid brightness and a little more acidity

Variations And Additions For This Strawberry Salad

  • Get fruity! Add some citrus, such as mandarin oranges, pink grapefruit, or berries.
  • Add protein to make an easy, light spring or summer meal, such as chicken or shrimp.
  • Toss in some healthy grains! Farro barley adds excellent texture and fiber.
  • Add a short pasta, and turn this salad into a delicious and beautiful chilled pasta salad.

Make Ahead And Storage

This salad is best enjoyed fresh, so try to eat it shortly after preparing it for the best taste and texture. However, the dressing can be prepared in advance! Yay!

Store the dressing in a sealed container or jar for up to 5 days in the fridge. Natural separation is normal; just give it a good shake or stir.

Let’s Make This Strawberry Salad With Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing!

Here is a quick run-through. Scroll below to find a printable recipe card with complete ingredients and instructions.

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, white wine vinegar sugar, poppy seeds, and a pinch of salt until smooth and creamy.
  2. When ready to serve, combine lettuce, strawberries, red onion, and pecans on a platter or bowl
  3. Drizzle the creamy poppy seed dressing over the salad. Start with a small amount and add more according to your taste preferences. You can always add more dressing later if needed. Gently toss the salad until all the ingredients are evenly coated with the dressing.
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Strawberry Salad With Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing


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  • Author: Teri Wallingford
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2-4 1x

Description

What better way to embrace the vibrancy of spring than with a Strawberry Salad with Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing? Sweet strawberries with crisp greens, crunchy nuts, and a creamy dressing that ties it all together. Perfect for a light lunch, a side dish for a dinner party, or a colorful addition to your picnic spread, this salad is sure to satisfy your cravings for something fresh and flavorful.


Ingredients

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For the poppy seed dressing

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise (yogurt or vegan mayo)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon worchestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

For the salad

  • 4 cups mixed greens ( spinach, romaine, spring mix all work )
  • 1 pint of strawberries, washed, trimmed, and sliced.
  • A handful of whole pecans toasted. Or choose a store-bought candied pecan-yum!
  • Thinly sliced red onion. Optional. Use as much or as little as you like. *See note below for my red onion hack!


Instructions

For the poppy seed dressing

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, white wine vinegar sugar, poppy seeds, and a pinch of salt until smooth and creamy. Store in the fridge until ready to use.

For the salad

  1. When ready to serve, combine lettuce, strawberries, red onion, and pecans on a platter or bowl 
  2. Drizzle the creamy poppy seed dressing over the salad. Start with a small amount and add more according to your taste preferences. You can always add more dressing later if needed. Gently toss the salad until all the ingredients are evenly coated with the dressing.

Notes

*TIP: take the pungent bite out of red onions by placing them in ice water for about 10 minutes

  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: No bake
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No bake
  • Cuisine: American

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