Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

When it’s hot and humid outside (like it is here in sunny SoFla), this refreshing strawberry salad with homemade poppy seed dressing is the meal you need to beat the heat. One of the best parts about it is how easy it is to make and how versatile it can be! Whether you want to add other fruits or nuts – or even a different dressing, the options are endless.

Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Yield 4


1 package spinach

1 cup strawberries, sliced

1/2 red onion, sliced thinly

1/3 cup pecans, chopped


Poppy Seed Dressing:

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1-1/2 Tbsp. avocado oil

1-1/2 Tbsp. poppy seeds

1-1/2 Tbsp. agave

1/2 tsp. dijon mustard

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

2 Tbsp. lemon juice



In a large bowl, lay the spinach down and top with strawberries, onion, and pecans.

In a smaller bowl or mason jar, combine the dressing ingredients and give a good mix until well combined.

Pour on top of the salad and serve.

Fresh Strawberry Jam

Hot diggity jam! Who would of thought mashed up fruit would taste this good? But what makes this particular recipe taste even better is that it’s made with fresh, local strawberries! Made with three simple ingredients, you’ll never look at store-bought jam the same way again. Once and for all, it’s time to ditch the sugar-laden fruit spreads for this mouthwatering jam. Spread it on toast, biscuits, bagels, pancakes and more!


Yields 12 oz


1 lb. fresh organic strawberries, tops cut off

2 cups Florida Crystals Organic Cane Sugar

1/2 medium lemon, squeezed



1. Cut strawberries into fourths and mash. Pour into medium saucepan. 


2. Add sugar and lemon juice. Cook over medium-low heat until sugar fully dissolves. 


3. Turn heat to high and bring to a boil. Stir mixture frequently for 10 minutes. Once mixture thickens, remove from heat and dispense equally into sterilized mason jars. Seal to cool.


To learn how to can your jam for a prolonged shelf life, click here



Chef’s tip: Strawberry tops contain a lot of beneficial nutrients. Instead of tossing them, save the leafy green tops of your strawberries for your compost bin or freeze them for your next smoothie.