Strawberry Spinach Salad & Raspberry Poppy Seed Dressing

Over the years, many variations of Spinach Strawberry Salad have been taste tested, complimented by other ingredients of choice including:
  • Nuts - toasted or candied pecans, walnuts, almonds or pine nuts.
  • Cheese: gorgonzola, blue, goat cheese, feta or parmesan. 
  • Protein: chicken, salmon or shrimp.
  • Other: red/green onions, blueberries or mandarin oranges.
  • Dressing: simple vinaigrette, balsamic vinaigrette, poppy seed, etc.
Best word of advice? Use spinach and strawberries as the basis and have fun as you prepare a colorful salad…and dressing to compliment the delightful flavors.

This dressing is slightly sweet & tangy, delicious & beautiful and homemade to boot!

¼ cup grated/minced onion (half of a small onion)
½ cup raspberry vinegar (for recipe, go to may substitute white wine vinegar
¼ cup sugar, to taste
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup grapeseed oil
1-1/2 tsp poppy seeds

If using a BLENDER: Mince the onion. Add vinegar, sugar, mustard, & salt to the blender; mix until combined. With the blender running, add the oils in a thin stream through the hole in the top. Blend until well mixed. Add poppy seeds and pulse just until mixed.

If using a BOWL: Whisk together vinegar, sugar, mustard, salt, minced onion, and poppy seeds until well combined. Continue whisking while adding the oils in a thin stream. Keep whisking until well combined.

If dressing is too thick, thin slightly by whisking in water a tablespoon at a time until reaching desired consistency. Refrigerate dressing; will keep for 3-4 weeks.

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