Strawberry Spinach Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

by gratinee on July 18, 2009

stspinachsaladI had a salad similar to this one in a restaurant once. I’m not a big believer in ordering salads in restaurants. Who wants to pay fifteen bucks for a plate of lettuce? When I go to a restaurant I like the chefs to work their magic on me, provide me with a meal I wouldn’t–or couldn’t–make at home. But when I spied this salad on the menu at a local eatery one hot summer’s day it sounded exactly like what I wanted without knowing it, and I have been making it ever since.

Because of the strawberries and sugared pecans, the salad has a sweet taste. I think a lemon poppy seed dressing goes well without overpowering the flavors. A balsamic dressing would also work nicely, complementing the tanginess of the strawberries. I like fig goat cheese in this but plain goat cheese may be more accessible and also tastes great in this salad.


Spinach & Strawberry Salad with Lemon Poppy seed Dressing

Serves 4



1/4 cup pecan pieces

2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon water

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon honey

1/2 teaspoon honey Dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds

pinch salt

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

4 cups baby spinach

1 cup sliced strawberries

1/4 cup goat cheese, fig or regular



1) Set pecans, sugar, and water in a saucepan on medium heat. Simmer for about five minutes, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves and pecans are golden. Spread out on a piece of parchment paper and cool completely.

2) Whisk the lemon, Dijon, salt, and honey together in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in the oil. Toss the spinach with the dressing and divide between 4 plates. Garnish with cheese and strawberries. Serve immediately.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Tracy July 19, 2009 at 4:00 pm

This was the yummiest salad!

Susan from Food Blogga July 20, 2009 at 6:46 pm

Fresh spinach and strawberry salad is one of my go-to summer dinners. I just love the combination of refreshing flavors. Yours sounds lovely.

Lizzy June 30, 2010 at 10:13 am

I just modified this recipe on my blog! Go check it out. Love that I found your site, love google!

Darina June 30, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Looks, great … my favorite summer salad ever!

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