Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Strawberry Poppyseed Salad

By far this is my favorite Summer salad. Sometimes I will add other berries to it and it reminds me of the Nuts about Berries salad from Zupas Cafe.

Strawberry Poppyseed Salad

5oz Romain or mixed greens
5oz fresh Spinach
1pt. Strawberries,sliced
optional: Diced fresh pineapple, blueberries, or raspberries. (not in picture)
Wash and combine greens, strawberries and nuts. Coat with poppyseed dressing. Toss gently

Poppy Seed Dressing:

1/4c Sugar
1t. dry mustard
2 green onions, chopped
1 1/2 T poppy seeds
1 tsp. Salt
1/3 c. Vinegar
1 c. Salad Oil
Combine sugar, salt, mustard, vinegar, and onion in blender. Slowly add oil. Once combined stir in Poppy seeds. Refrigerate until ready.

Caramelized Pecans or Almonds:

1/2c. sugar
1/2c. nuts
Combine in saucepan. Slowly cook until all sugar has melted onto nuts and they are browned. Put on wax paper to cool. When cooled break up and sprinkle desired amount on salad. I did this salad for the Graduation party on individual plates and added Pineapple and blueberries to it. It's delicious!

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