Friday, July 11, 2014

Strawberry Poppyseed Salad

My favorite summer salad.
It's been a while since I have shared any recipes but I thought I would share one for my favorites. This salad is extremely versatile and I often take it along when we make a meal for someone.  It can also curb my desire to drive to the nearest Panera to drop $8 on Panera's Strawberry Poppyseed & Chicken Salad.  :)  

In a bowl combine romaine lettuce, shredded mozzarella cheese, sliced almonds, sliced celery, and sliced strawberries.  During the winter I often make the same salad and use canned mandarin oranges.  It also tastes great with dried cranberries, sesame sticks, cashews, cubed apples, etc.  You can also add chicken if you want to add protein or make this salad taste more like Panera's.

Dressing Recipe:
In a blender combine:
1/2 c. white sugar (or you can substitute your favorite sugar substitute)
1/2 c. lemon juice
2 t. finely diced onion
1 t. prepared Dijon mustard
1/2 t. salt
While the blender is still running add in 2/3 c. oil (I use olive oil or canola).  When the dressing is smooth add in 1 T. Poppy Seeds and pulse for a few seconds.  Add dressing before serving and enjoy!  

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