Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing

5 from 6 reviews

This delicious spring and summer salad combines fresh strawberries, crisp smoked bacon, sweet red onions, salty feta cheese, and crunchy walnuts with an easy to make six ingredient creamy poppy seed dressing.


  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1/3 cup plus one tablespoon mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 ounces mixed salad greens including spinach, romaine and spring greens
  • 1/4 large red onion very thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lb. strawberries sliced
  • 2/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 cup feta cheese
  • 4 slices crispy cooked bacon crumbled


  1. In medium bowl whisk vinegar, sugar, grated onion, Dijon mustard, poppy seeds and mayonnaise. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. In a large wide bowl spread greens, top with red onion, strawberries, walnuts, feta cheese and bacon.
  3. Drizzle dressing over the top and toss.  Serve promptly.


  • Use any mixture of spinach, romaine and spring greens as they all work well and taste delicious.
  • Slice your red onions in very thin slices using a serrated knife.
  • If you don’t like walnuts try almonds or pecans.
  • Use the brightest sweetest organic strawberries you can get your hands on as they are the star of the show.
  • Don’t toss the salad until you are ready to serve so everything stays crisp and fresh.
  • If feta is not your thing then try very small cubes of whole milk mozzarella.
  • The dressing can be prepared up to 5 days in advance however store covered in the refrigerator.

Keywords: strawberry salad, strawberry bacon salad, strawberry salad with bacon, spinach and strawberry salad, creamy poppy seed dressing, strawberry poppy seed salad, strawberry walnut salad, strawberry feta salad, summer strawberry salad

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