Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing
Fresh spinach, sliced strawberries, feta cheese, crispy bacon, walnuts, and red onion in a sweet homemade poppyseed dressing
It is officially March which means Spring weather is right around the corner. We are going to hit the mid 80's this weekend so it is time to bring on the salads! I am in full-on wedding mode with one of my daughter's closest friends is getting married this weekend and I am making the wedding cake. No pressure at all! But I love Springtime in Arizona because it usually means a lot of beautiful weddings, Spring Break, Easter, and family gatherings.
This is one of the most popular salads I make in our home and all of my kids love it. It has everything -- crunchy, sweet, salty, and healthy, of course! The Spinach, Bacon, Strawberry Salad is so quick and easy to throw together. It is made with baby spinach, sweet strawberries, crispy bacon, feta cheese, crunchy walnuts, and red onion tossed with a sweet homemade poppyseed dressing. It is always a crowd-pleaser and people are always asking for the recipe.
This is the perfect salad to take to a potluck, a picnic, a baby or bridal shower, a party, an Easter gathering, or just a simple weeknight dinner. You can serve it as a side dish or make it the main dish and star of the show by adding some grilled chicken.
The Sweet Poppyseed dressing can be made ahead of time which makes it even quicker to throw together. The homemade poppyseed dressing is made with mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, sugar, grated onion, dijon mustard, and poppyseeds. This creamy poppyseed dressing pairs perfectly with this spinach strawberry salad.
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Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing Fresh spinach, sliced strawberries, feta cheese, crispy bacon, walnuts, and red onion in a sweet homemade poppyseed dressing.
- 10 ounces Baby Spinach Leaves or Mixed Greens
- 6 Slices of Crispy Bacon (cut into bite-size pieces)
- 1/4 Red Onion (thinly sliced)
- 1 lb. Strawberries (sliced)
- 3/4 cup Feta Cheese Crumbles
- 3/4 cup Walnuts
- 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
- 3 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
- 3 Tablespoons Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Grated Onion
- 2 teaspoons Dijon Mustard
- 1 Tablespoon Poppyseeds
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Cook bacon until crispy and cut into bite-size pieces.
In a large salad bowl, toss baby spinach or mixed greens, bacon, red onion, strawberries, feta cheese, and walnuts.
In a bowl or mixer bottle, mix the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, onion, dijon mustard, and poppy seeds together. Add salt and pepper if needed.
When ready to serve, toss salad with dressing.