Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Vinaigrette (and a giveaway!)

The weather in Pennsylvania can be such a tease. We had an usually warm winter with very little snow, and then had temperatures skyrocket into the 80’s in mid March. Just when I thought it was safe to take the snow brush out of my car, the temps plummeted last week back into the 30’s. Slushy snow covered the ground, and I fought back tears as I tossed my flip flops back into my closet. Ok, so maybe I wasn’t quite that dramatic, but the little taste of warm weather that we had is making me impatient for summer. I’m craving hot dogs on the grill, baseball games, days at the beach, and of course – fresh berries.

Strawberry season around here doesn’t begin until mid-June, but I just couldn’t resist buying a carton of strawberries from the grocery store last week. I’ve had this salad on my radar for awhile, and I am so glad that I finally tried it. The dressing really makes this salad, and I loved the tartness of the lemon juice sweetened up with some sugar. Between the strawberries and the dressing, you’ll think you’re eating dessert instead of a salad!

Making the dressing was super easy using my OXO dressing shaker. I simply added all the ingredients, shook it up, and voila! – perfect salad dressing. The dressing shaker is perfect for storing and serving the dressing, plus its BPA-free and dishwasher safe. If you’d like to win your own OXO dressing shaker, check out the details below!

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Vinaigrette
Yields: About 4-6 servings

Ingredients:
1 (10 to 12-ounce) package baby spinach or mixed greens, washed and dried
1 pint strawberries, hulled and quartered

For the dressing:
1/2 lemon, juiced
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon poppy seeds

Directions:
In a large salad bowl, add the spinach and strawberries, and toss together.

To make the dressing, add the lemon juice, vinegar, sugar, oil and poppy seeds into the salad shaker. Shake to combine. Alternatively, you can whisk the ingredients together in a small bowl.  Dress the salad right before serving.

Source: The Comfort of Cooking, originally from Paula Deen via FoodNetwork.com

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This giveaway ends Saturday, May 5th at Midnight. A winner will be chosen at random and announced on our Facebook page .

Fine Print: This giveaway is sponsored by OXO. However, the opinions expressed in this review are solely my own.  Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM Eastern time on Saturday, May 5th.  A winner will be chosen at random using Random.org and announced at the top of this post. The winner will also be notified via email; if the winner does not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be selected. Good luck!

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Comments

  1. says

    This salad looks delicious. I just love strawberries in salads. It looks beautiful too.

    I’m most looking forward to spending time with my family at the zoo, the pool, the beach. Anywhere outside really 😀

  2. lovefoodcookfood says

    I like the ingredients for your vinaigrette. I think it would go very well with the strawberries. Looks delicious.

  3. says

    What I’m most looking forward to this Summer has to be a toss up between abundant fresh produce and just being able to enjoy some sunshine!

    That vinaigrette sounds tasty, I’ll have to try it!

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