Spring Green Salad with Strawberry Poppy Seed Vinaigrette


Spring Green Salad with Strawberry Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

I’m so excited!  Spring has finally arrived in Southern Oregon!  According to the calendar, “technically” it’s still winter.  According to what is happening in my backyard, the calendar is way wrong :)…


A crocus blossom… One of the first flowers to make an appearance in our backyard early in the season.  I love the bright orange stamens and the purple and white streaked petals.  I have them planted in many places in our yard.  Some reside in pots, some are tucked under bushes and trees.  Crocuses grow only a few inches tall and come back every year during the month of March.


This is a shot of some pansies that I have planted in a hanging pot on my back patio.  Pansies are a regular staple to our yard in the spring and fall.  Every time I look at them they make me smile.  I enjoy the bright and cheerful colors outside my kitchen window.


A close-up shot of a pansy blossom.  I was thrilled to capture this image with my camera.  Through the lens of my camera, I was able to see this amazing amount of detail on the flower.  I can’t see this level of detail even with my reading glasses on.


A tulip poking its way through the soil.  I look forward to a big vase full of bright red blossoms on our dining room table in a short couple of weeks.


Purple crocus.  What’s not to like about that deep rich indigo color?


Even the koi fish in our pond are starting to surface for the first handfuls of feed of the year.  This is Pumpkin…  He’s one of the original fish to live in our pond.  He’s almost 2 feet long and about 10 years old.  I remember the day when Bruce and I purchased him.  He was about 4 inches in length and shared a plastic bag with four other fish on the trip home. Several years later, we now have a total of 8 koi fish happily living in our pond.


Whenever I think of spring, one of the first things that come to mind is fresh picked strawberries.  I purchased a couple of pints of strawberries the other day and one of the things that I wanted to do with them was to make a spring like strawberry vinaigrette.  My Strawberry Poppy Seed Vinaigrette is a wonderfully pink colored salad dressing made with fresh strawberries, red wine vinegar, local honey, Dijon Mustard, canola oil and poppy seeds.  It’s a delicious vinaigrette to serve drizzled over a plate of fresh picked greens and sliced strawberries.  Enjoy!  Tessa

Strawberry Poppy Seed Vinaigrette Ingredients:

  • 1/4 pound strawberries (cleaned and hulled)
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbs honey or to taste
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 tsp poppy seeds or to taste

Add strawberries, red wine vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard and canola oil to a blender.  Blend until smooth.  Taste and add salt and pepper if needed.  Splash more vinegar into the dressing if you want… Mix in the poppy seeds.  Makes 1 cup or 16 – 1 Tablespoon servings.  Store in a tightly covered jar in the refrigerator for up to 3 or 4 days.

Green Salad (per serving)

  • 2 cups fresh lettuce
  • 1 thinly sliced radish
  • 2 strawberries (hulled and quartered)
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced radicchio
  • 1 Tbs Strawberry Poppy Seed Vinaigrette (or to taste)

Assemble by placing salad greens on a plate.  Arrange radishes, strawberries and radicchio on top of the greens.  Drizzle greens with the Strawberry Poppy Seed Vinaigrette.  Makes one serving.

30 thoughts on “Spring Green Salad with Strawberry Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

  1. hannah

    Beautiful! I can’t believe how springy it is there! We have snow up to the windows here…but I can feel spring coming. I’ll be looking for my little crocuses soon enough :)

  2. Valentina

    Thessa hello! are Valentine and I write from Italy! your blog is ‘beautiful and your recipes too …. I will follow you again! see you soon!

    1. Tessa

      Hello Valentina! Thank you! I just checked out your site and it’s just gorgeous! I will definitely be stopping by your site too!

  3. jlaceda

    Oh, my my my my my, I am sooooo looking forward to spring, too! But unfortunately, we are even going to have one more major snowfall next week here in Toronto! Can you believe? This salad looks like a million bucks! Makes me smile ever so widely! Have a good weekend!

  4. Barb Bamber

    It is definitely spring here on your blog as well! I love all of your flower photos.. I’m crazy about flowers! Crocuses grow wild here on our Nose Hill, but I often miss them because they bloom and are gone so quickly. I loved everything here.. the flowers, the cute koi, and your pretty pink salad dressing and colorful salad! xx

      1. Lasuch w kuchni

        In Poland we still have very white winter and very freezing temperatures but spring is just around the corner. Well, at least I hope so ;-) I hope it arrives soon in all its glory with lots of beautiful colours, wonderful fruits and vegetables that I missed so much during winter months:-) Since I’m strawberry addict your poppy seed and strawberry salad dressing will be for sure a great hit. Now I just only have to wait for some fresh strawberries to arrive on the market. It will take some time, because in Poland first strawberries arrive around mid May. But I am sooooo going to prepare this dressing Tessa :-D Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

        1. Tessa

          Hey Joanna! Thank you! The local strawberries are not in season yet… A couple of weeks and my strawberries will be producing :). I could not pass up these gorgeous little gems at the grocery store :).

  5. Mad Dog

    Beautiful flowers – those pansies are edible and would taste fantastic on salad. I’m not sure if they go with strawberries, but a quick taste test would sort that out ;-)

  6. Sissi

    Unfortunately I still have to wait at least one month to have edible strawberries here, but I will certainly not forget your beautiful salad. The vinaigrette sounds like an original and delicious dressing.

    1. Tessa

      Our strawberry season starts about the same time as yours. I could not pass up the gorgeous pint of California strawberries at the store :).

  7. Roberta

    Tessa, your shots are stunning and this strawberry salad looks really tasteful and fresh! I’m gonna try it!
    Here in Tuscany too it’s rainy but the temperature is good and the whole nature is exploding in colours!

  8. ginger and scotch

    Your flowers are gorgeous! I’ve never considered strawberry vinaigrette before but my husband and I are on a salad kick at the moment and this sounds like a dressing to add to our repertoire.

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