Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Nothing says summer like a Strawberry Spinach Salad with a drizzle of homemade Poppy Seed Dressing. It’s going to be a new family favorite.

Nothing says summer like a Strawberry Spinach Salad with a drizzle of homemade Poppy Seed Dressing. It's going to be a new family favorite.

A classic Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing is a staple in my household for summer dinners. It’s easy to throw together or even prep ahead of time and, just like all our other strawberry recipes, showcases the sweetness of summer strawberries so well.

The crunch of chopped pecans and tanginess of crumbled feta are a perfect combination to make sure all your senses are satisfied with every bite. What truly rounds it out though, is the poppy seed dressing.

I add a few extras to this popular vinaigrette-based dressing to make it unique. While a typical vinaigrette is usually 1 part vinegar to 3 parts olive oil, I like to go a little heavy-handed on the vinegar for extra tang and to cut down on the oiliness by using 3 parts vinegar to 5 parts olive oil.

Cutting down on the oil also allows the other components to shine through. Though you may consider cutting the sugar, it’s a necessary ingredient to make it a true poppy seed dressing. Speaking of poppy seeds, while they don’t add a lot of flavor, they add another texture to the dish. Adding a bit of Dijon mustard gives just the perfect tang. Be sure to shake the dressing thoroughly to ensure the sugar is all dissolved right before serving.

Our trick to perfectly blended dressing is to use a salad shaker (like this one) or a canning jar with a lid. Both make it super easy to dump all the ingredients in and shake until everything is well emulsified (mixed together). This might even be a job for the kids.

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Yield: 4 salads and 3/4 cup dressing

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Nothing says summer like a Strawberry Spinach Salad with a drizzle of homemade Poppy Seed Dressing. It's going to be a new family favorite.

Ingredients:

Dressing:
  • 3 Tbsp. white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. salt
Salad
  • 8 oz. baby spinach
  • 16 oz. strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl or salad dressing shaker, mix together vinegar and olive oil. Then add sugar, poppy seeds, Dijon and salt and mix until the sugar is dissolved. Set aside.
  2. In four bowls, evenly distribute spinach, quartered strawberries, chopped pecans and feta. Drizzle with poppy seed dressing and serve.

Nothing says summer like a Strawberry Spinach Salad with a drizzle of homemade Poppy Seed Dressing. It's going to be a new family favorite.
Nothing says summer like a Strawberry Spinach Salad with a drizzle of homemade Poppy Seed Dressing. It's going to be a new family favorite.

Sam Ellis

Sam blogs at The Culinary Compass where she loves to try new recipes and ingredients from around the world. She thinks trying new dishes and spices is the easiest way to travel! She loves coffee so much that she often goes to bed excited for a fresh cup in the morning.