Strawberry Salad with Vinaigrette Poppy Seed Dressing

LAST UPDATED: Apr 02, 2020 | PUBLISHED: May 25, 1015 | By: Julie Blanner

Easy and refreshing strawberry salad with a vinaigrette poppy seed dressing. It’s a classic go-to summer salad perfect for any occasion! Quick and easy to make with no cooking required, this is perfect to serve as an appetizer or side salad, or easy to customize with protein for a light lunch.

Strawberry salad served on a white plate with a text overlay

I’m continuing to freshen things up this spring with a strawberry salad and vinaigrette poppy seed dressing. We’re eating salads almost daily now, which means I have to keep mixing it up.

This salad is a long-time favorite. It’s light, slightly sweet and of course, easy to make.

I love summer salads because it gives me the opportunity to fill them with all my favorite fresh fruits. So, of course, I had to make this strawberry salad because is summer really complete without one?

The fresh strawberries add just the right amount of sweetness to pair perfectly with the tangy flavors in the rest of the salad.

I hope you enjoy this poppyseed dressing as much as I do! It’s great to bring to BBQs and picnics or to serve on the side for dinner. I love throwing this together with my Party and Picnic Sandwiches whenever I need to throw together a quick party spread.

You can add a little protein with this amazing Slow Cooker Whole Chicken or Baked Chicken Breast!

Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing Ingredients

For the dressing:

  • Olive oil – I like to use a good quality extra virgin olive oil when I make dressings, but standard olive oil will also work.
  • Vinegar – I like to use a fruit based vinegar like orange or raspberry in this vinegarette. They are fruity and tart at the same time and add extra flavor to the dish.
  • Dijon Mustard and Garlic – A little mustard and minced garlic in any salad dressing adds a really pleasing tang.
  • Poppy Seeds – Add texture and color to the dressing and have a slight nutty taste to them.

For the salad:

  • Mixed Greens – Use your favorite mixed greens as a base for the salad. I like to use the pre bagged salads to save time chopping.
  • Strawberries – Use the ripest strawberries you can as they will be the sweetest. If you can, buy organic.
  • Cheese – I like to use creamy blue cheese or goats cheese in this salad. Both work really well with the strawberries and help to cut through the sweetness.
  • Sliced Almonds – Finish the salad with sliced almond to add texture to the salad.

How to Make Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

It takes no time at all to make this delicious salad and dressing!

  1. Combine olive oil, vinegar, mustard, garlic and poppy seeds in a jar and shake well.
  2. Toss with greens and strawberries and top with blue cheese and almonds.

Strawberry salad with poppy seed dressing served with a fork

Poppy Seed Dressing

When it comes to salads I know that it’s always so tempting to just throw on some store-bought dressing and call it a day. I’ve definitely given in to the temptation plenty of times. I have to say though, that this homemade dressing is worth the extra couple minutes of prep.

This vinaigrette poppy seed dressing adds such an amazing flavor to this summer salad, without taking almost any time at all. What’s even better is that you can add it too almost any salad, like my Arugula Salad, or this Red, White and Blue Salad.

Close up of a fresh salad served with a gold fork

Tips 

  • If you want to make this salad ahead of time, you can make the dressing and keep it in an airtight container for up to 5 days. It’s best not to dress the salad until just before serving or the salad can be come soggy.
  • You can easily make this salad vegan by using a dairy-free cheese and you can make it into a fuller meal by adding chicken or steak.
  • Be sure to wash your salad ingredients and then spin them so that they stay crispy and don’t have excess water.

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Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

Easy and refreshing strawberry salad with a vinaigrette poppy seed dressing. It's a classic go-to summer salad perfect for any occasion!
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Course: Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings (hover to scale): 4 servings
Calories: 249kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2/3 cup orange or raspberry vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • mixed greens
  • strawberries sliced
  • creamy blue cheese or goat cheese
  • sliced almonds

Instructions

  • Combine olive oil, vinegar, mustard, garlic and poppy seeds in a jar and shake well.
  • Toss with greens and strawberries and top with blue cheese and almonds.

Notes

  • Make ahead - store dressing in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Toss before serving.
  • You can easily make this salad vegan by using a dairy-free cheese and you can make it into a fuller meal by adding chicken or steak.
  • Be sure to wash your salad ingredients and then spin them so that they stay crispy and don't have excess water.

Nutrition

Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 205mg | Potassium: 211mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 663IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 1mg
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