05 March 2013

the salad i love to eat / with pink poppyseed dressing

my favorite spring salad is so simple to make; it just takes imagination (and a sharp knife)! the key to success in wanting to eat salad is putting loads of deliciously fresh sweet and savory ingredients in it. my mother-in-law is the queen of throwing together a salad with whatever is in her fridge and having no fear in whipping together a coordinating salad dressing in the blender! i've taken a few tips from her and try to stock my fridge with healthy fruits and vegetables that can always be thrown into a salad last minute. good cheese helps it feel a bit more gourmet too. after all the chopping and such, i like to conjure up the price i'd be paying for this incredible salad at a fancy restaurant! this isn't really a recipe for salad, as you should just make due with what you've got. rather, these are suggestions for a spring salad mix. with salad combinations the possibilities are endless!

Spring Salad Possibilities

Green Lettuce I like giant pretty leafy greens or the spring mix at Costco!
wash and spin I love the OXO spinner. I chop and wash my lettuce and store it inside.
add any or all of the following ingredients:

SWEET & SAVORY mix in whatever sounds delicious to you...
Pears or Apples, sliced thin
Grapefruit pieces especially amazing paired with avocado
Mandarin Oranges
Peppers i love yellow or red!
Avocado, cubed
Bacon pieces i like cooking bacon in the oven for no mess & extra crispy for salads!
Bleu cheese, Swiss, Feta, Parmesan or Gorgonzola cheese

CRUNCH i usually add just one of the following...
Sunflower Seeds
Pine Nuts

This dressing fits nicely into a Brianna's 12 oz. size bottle, so save that bottle and never buy dressing again!

1 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 small red onion, chopped coarsely
1/2 cup vegetable oil*
1 tsp. poppy seeds

Mix together first five ingredients in blender until smooth. Slowly add the oil until well combined. Then add the poppy seeds and pour into bottle and refrigerate. Will stay good for a few months! Shake well and drizzle on your favorite (custom) salad.

*If you have an awesome flavored virgin olive oil (I love orange and I am savoring the bottle slowly!), you can use half vegetable oil and half olive oil.

P.S. To create a fiesta mexican salad, omit the sweet fruits and instead add drained corn, black olives, black beans, pinto beans, avocado, tomatoes and cheddar cheese! Blend a squeeze of lime and a small bunch of cilantro into Ranch dressing for a quick delicious dressing.


brooke said...

I love a good salad. Can't wait to make this dressing!

Linn @ The Home Project said...

Does the dressing really use one cup of sugar? I don't think I've ever seen a dressing quite that sweet. Either way, it looks absolutely delicious. I agree - crunchy and crisp additions AND cheese (!) really takes it from blah to gourmet!

lesa said...

Thanks for sharing. That is one good-lookin' salad!

Unknown said...

I've been meaning to find a poppyseed dressing recipe. We go through Brianna's faster than I'd like to say! I'll have to give this one a try!

Unknown said...

Your salad ideas look great. Thanks for the inspiration! But I am also wondering if 1 cup of sugar is correct?

Thanks for your great blog!

marta said...

yes, ladies.. you heard it here: one cup of sugar. but it would likely taste good with just half a cup. someone try it and let me know!

Debie Grace said...

This seems very good! I would try this one out ;)

Melanie Anne said...

oh my goodness this looks fantastic!! I just made the dressing from this recipe--http://www.thesisterscafe.com/2009/05/chicken-poppy-seed-salad
very similar to yours--for 300 ladies for a Stake RS luncheon tomorrow. If I have leftover dressing I will try it with your base ideas. Thanks Marta!

texmimi said...

I make a dressing just like this with 2 or 3 tablespoons of jam instead of sugar, just a yummy, with way less sugar.

Abby said...

looks delicious! Can't wait to try it.

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