Spinach and Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

The first time I had this salad I was skeptical about the combination of strawberries and onions. I thought to myself, “Strawberries with a red onion bite, how can that taste good?” Well, I was wrong, very very wrong. I found myself searching for onions to pair with my spinach and strawberry bites because they complemented each other so well. This was also the first time I had eaten a sweet dressing. Oil and vinegar or some savory vinaigrette was the usual in my house, so you could say my mind was blown when I tasted this sweet and creamy dressing.

I decided to put my own mark on this salad by making the poppy seed dressing much healthier. I cut out the mayo and sour cream and traded it for, you guessed it, some rich and smooth Greek yogurt. The yogurt really steps up to the plate and is the perfect canvas for the sweet poppy seeds, sugar, and vinegar to shine. I recently made this for a bbq at a good friends house, and at the end of the dinner, all of the salad was gone. I don’t know about you, but every time I’m at a dinner party, there is always salad left over. If that doesn’t make this salad a crowd pleaser, then I don’t know what does.

Jam of the recipe: “Strawberry Fields Forever” by The Beatles, one of my Dad’s favorite bands.



Spinach and Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
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Serves: 8-10
  • For salad:
  • 1 lb of fresh spinach leaves
  • 10 strawberries, sliced thin
  • ½ red onion, sliced thin
  • For dressing:
  • 7 oz. greek yogurt
  • 2½ heaping tbs of sugar
  • 2½ tsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds
  1. To assemble salad, toss spinach, red onion, and sliced strawberries in a salad bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the ingredients for the dressing until well incorporated.
  3. Dress the salad right before serving and enjoy!



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  • This salad looks great! Love how you used greek yogurt in the dressing to make it a bit healthier. I totally agree about the onions + strawberry combo, I’m always continually amazed when I pair fruit with such savory ingredients. Orange and red onion is another great one, especially for the winter months ahead 🙂

    • Alexe

      Hi Laura! Thanks so much for the comments and the orange/red onion suggestion too, I’ll definitely try that. Talk soon!

  • Brooke

    This salad is so delicious! And a very good point how this salad is a crowd pleaser all the way!

    • Alexe

      Thanks Brookie!

  • Ming

    Looks delicious!

    • Alexe

      Thanks Ming!

  • What a delicious twist on salad! That poppy seed dressing sounds amazing, I have to try it soon 😀

    • Alexe

      Thanks for the comment love, I’ll be checking out your blog soon!

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