Spinach and Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
We wanted a satisfying but not too sweet version of this springtime classic.
Why This Recipe Works
Many poppy seed dressing recipes turn out too thick and over-the-top sweet, with no poppy seed flavor. To solve the problem, we toasted the poppy seeds to enhance their flavor and then made a simple vinaigrette with red wine vinegar, a minimal amount of sugar, and mild vegetable oil. For the salad components, we liked a combination of baby spinach and romaine; the romaine added a welcome crunch and color contrast to the spinach. Quartered strawberries and toasted almonds rounded out the salad’s flavor profile.