Strawberries & Greens Salad with Poppyseed Sweet & Sour Dressing is a stunning example of how opposites can work beautifully together.
When looking at this salad, the first thing that catches the eye is color. It is bursting with shades of reds and greens – two complementary colors on the color wheel. The conversations that happen at the color wheel must be hilarious, and I imagine one of them might go like this.
Green talking to Red, “Hey! Hey you, Red! Yes, you, you beautiful thing! You are one gorgeous hue. You are the color of roses, cherries, lips, rubies, holly berries, autumn leaves, and sometimes the sky at night.
Red responding to Green, “Oh, you do make me blush, sir. You aren’t so bad yourself, you hunky hunk! You are the color of leaves, pistachios, emeralds, limes, peacock feathers and the grassy blanket covering Ireland.
Both talking at the same time, “We complement each other extremely well, let’s get together.”
I don’t know about you, but maybe we should leave those two alone so they can get to know each other in private.
Thankfully, the “opposites attract” thing isn’t all about color – it is also about texture and taste.
Strawberries & Greens Salad has sweet, smooth strawberries; crunchy toasted almonds; creamy tart goat cheese plus tangy, smooth cheddar. Then it is topped with crunchy, salty croutons. Oh. My. Gosh! Are you still standing? Now, add a drizzle of Sweet & Sour Poppyseed Dressing just to make you swoon.
I’m serious, you should not be standing while eating Strawberries & Greens Salad with Poppyseed Sweet & Sour Dressing – people have been known to faint.
So, come on, sit down and make your very own Strawberries & Greens Salad aka, “Opposites Attract Salad.” It is just too darned delicious not too.
I highly recommend this other oh-so-simple and shining example of opposite-type foods working well together. It also happens to be one of my favorites. Pineapple with Lime Zest.
Strawberries & Greens Salad with Poppyseed Dressing
- For the Salad:
- 6 cups Mixed Greens – torn or chopped Iceberg & Romaine work great
- 1½ cups fresh strawberries sliced
- ½ cup Honey Goat Cheese or Feta crumbled
- 1- cup cheddar or Mexican-blend cheese shredded
- Salt & Pepper
- ½ cup Sugared Almonds – Fresh Gourmet Roasted Honey Almonds or my homemade sugared almonds at The Cookie Rookie http://www.thecookierookie.com/perfect-sugared-almonds/
- Croutons or my homemade croutons http://www.thecookierookie.com/perfect-homemade-croutons/
- For the Poppyseed Dressing:
- 1 c. sugar
- ? c. white vinegar
- 2 T orange juice
- 2 T dried onion flakes
- 2 t. dried mustard
- ½ t. black pepper
- • ¼ t. kosher salt or table salt
- • 1 T poppyseeds
- • 1½ c. canola oil
- For the Salad:
- Combine all salad ingredients except croutons. Toss and mix gently.
- Serve the croutons on-the-side.
- For the Poppyseed Sweet & Sour Dressing:
- Combine all dressing ingredients except the oil and poppyseeds in a blender or food processor.
- Mix on HIGH until well incorporated - 1 minute.
- Slowly, and with the blender on HIGH, slowly add the oil and mix the dressing until the oil is incorporated, 1-2 minutes.
- Add poppyseeds and mix another 30 seconds.
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Tonia from TheGunnySackI love poppyseed dressing but have never tried making my own! I can't wait to try this recipe!
Susie GallYou will love this recipe and it tastes even better the next day. It is delicious and easy. Thanks so much for stopping by today.
Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool ReadsStrawberries and poppyseed dressing on greens is one of my favorite ways to make salads!! Great recipe!!
Susie GallThank you Sheena.
Joanie @ ZagLeftWhat a lovely, fresh looking salad. Thank you for including the recipe for Poppyseed Dressing, I've never made it before and I'd love to try it.
Susie GallThank you, Joanie. It is a delicious salad dressing and very easy. It tastes even better after the flavors meld. Thanks for coming by today.
Dan from Platter TalkFantastically gorgeous, light, healthy and DELICIOUS! So nicely done, again!
Susie GallThank you, Dan, and thanks again for taking the time to comment.
Melanie | Melanie MakesWhat a gorgeous salad!
Susie GallThank you, Melanie.
Nicole NevermanThis salad is really beautiful, Susie! I love the bright color given by the strawberries and that poppyseed dressing sounds gorgeous!
Susie GallThank you, Nicole. This is one of my favorites salads and the dressing is crazy good. Thanks for stopping by today!!
Linda @ForkandForageSusie, you have put together a beautiful salad with such lovely presentation. It looks really yummy!
Susie GallThanks so much, Linda. Your comments are so sweet.
Patricia @ Grab a PlateThis looks amazing! Perfectly fresh and pretty for the winter season. Can't wait to try your dressing!
Jenny.UMy husband and I just recently had a salad like this. Pinning to share with others!
Susie GallThanks so much, Jenny, and thanks for stopping by.
Becky | The Cookie RookieThis is beautiful mom! One of my favorite salads that you make. Love!
Susie GallThanks, Bec. Yep, it has been a long time family favorite.
KathyOh baby! This looks amazing! Another recipe I have to try..THANKS!
Susie GallThanks so much, Kathy. This is an all-time favorite and I know you will love it. Thanks for taking the time to stop by today.
Connie | URBAN BAKESI love the flavors of this salad and the dressing sounds divine!
Susie GallThank you, Connie, and you are correct - the dressing is divine. It also keeps nicely in the fridge for a month:-) Thanks so much for stopping by Simply Sated.