Apr 9, 2013

Mixed Baby Greens with Strawberries, Gorgonzola and Poppy Seed Dressing


 

Today it really feels like Spring here on the East Coast. Temperatures are supposed to get into the eighties, which is quite a change from the snow we had two weeks ago! I've been on a salad kick big time, and even started a Pinterest board dedicated to salads called "Bikini Ready Salads" because summer will be here before you know it.


This delicious salad is perfect for this time of year or throughout the summer. Mixed organic baby greens such as baby kale and baby spinach (side bar, I am looooving Organic Girl's I heart baby kale mix), are tossed with sliced strawberries, slivered almonds and crumbled Gorgonzola cheese. The dressing is a simple vinaigrette with honey, poppy seeds and shallots.  This makes a wonderful light lunch or a perfect side salad to serve it with grilled chicken.


I love fruit in my salads, especially when combined with the texture of nuts such as almonds and a soft cheese such as Gorgonzola. The sweetness of the strawberries compliments the cheese, and the poppy seed dressing ties it all together. This recipe was first posted back in 2008, before I owned a decent camera and the photo was so embarrassing, I decided to let it shine and give it a photo makeover.

You can swap the almonds for any nut you like, such as walnuts or pecans and the cheese can be swapped with goat cheese. For Paleo diets, leave out the cheese and use raw honey in the dressing.



Mixed Baby Greens with Strawberries, Gorgonzola and Poppy Seed Dressing
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 4 • Size: 1/4 of recipe • Old Points: 4 • Weight Watcher Points+: 5
Calories: 198 • Fat: 14 g • Carb: 16.5 g • Fiber: 3.5 g • Protein: 5 g • Sugar: 12.5 g
Sodium: 144.5 mg • Cholest: 10 mg

Ingredients:

For the dressing:

  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp minced shallots
  • 1 1/2 tbsp honey (raw for Paleo)
  • 1/2 tbsp poppy seeds

For the salad:

  • 5 oz organic mixed baby greens
  • 1/4 cup slivered almond
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1/4 cup gorgonzola (leave out for Paleo)

Directions:

Place all the dressing ingredients in a small jar and shake.


Combine the salad ingredients in a big salad bowl and toss with dressing or you can divide the ingredients equally between four plates.

28 comments :

  1. Gina, I love, love, love your blog!!! I started weight watchers in March 2007. I lost 24 punds and then we moved and I had some other things going on. Needless to say I gained 15 of that back but only due to my lack of effort.

    Weight Watcher recipes are great and my whole family loves them. I am adding you to my blogroll at www.getinshapefor2008.blogspot.com

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  2. Beautiful strawberries! Just the look of them whets my appetite as opposed to the usual All green salad! Cheers!

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  3. Gina - I'm not a fan of bleu cheese of any variety. Is there another cheese that you would recommend as a substitute? How would this change the Points + value? Thanks in advance for taking time to respond. I love your blog and all the great ideas you provide. Your recipes are delicious and are helping me in my weight loss journey. Thanks!

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    1. I bet Feta cheese would be yummy!

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    2. You can get the fat free feta. I've found I enjoy it a lot in salads & don't miss the fat content.

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  4. I've been loving your recipes for a while now, and I just recently started trying to follow a somewhat Paleo diet. I'm so happy that you have also started coding recipes as Paleo; I can continue to enjoy them as I try out this new lifestyle. Thank you Gina!

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  5. wow this looks so delicious and fresh !

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  6. It's snowing here but I'm choosing to ignore this fact as I day dream about summer. This salad is the perfect denial meal for a day like today!

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    1. Oh no, I feel your pain as we had snow here 2 weeks ago!

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  7. I love summer salads with fruit, this looks so good. I didn't even know baby kale existed but now I MUST get some!

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    1. I found it in my local supermarket, but you can use any mixed greens.

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  9. I have made a similar salad for years! It is truly a favorite! I'll sometimes use blue cheese or feta to change it up.

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  10. Beautiful salad!! this is a perfect for a spring lunch! Just over the pops of red over the kale!

    Mr. & Mrs. P

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  11. I've been putting sweet fresh strawberries and gorgonzola (my fav cheese) in salads for many years....but never tried it with Poppy Seed dressing! So will be making your dressing this week! Looks yummy. I was thinking of replacing the poppy seeds with chia seeds...what do you think?

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  12. Couldn't resist this salad...saw this and had to make it last night. It was sinfully delicious!!

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  13. Gina, this looks and tastes so good (I know it, even before I taste it.) Thanks for sharing. Just pinned that beautiful picture. :)

    Blessings,
    Sinea Ducks ‘n a Row

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  14. I have grown to love strawberries and I already love Feta cheese so this is going to be a delight. I also love poppy seed dressing. Can't wait to try this. Thank you for sharing.

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  15. Would Apple Cider Vinegar work or is there such thing as just cider vinegar? Sorry if that's a silly question. :)

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  16. I made this last night for a family dinner party, it was a BIG hit! Thank you again for a nother great and healthy recipe!

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  17. what can be substituted for red wine vinegar?

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  18. I made this tonight for dinner and it was incredible!!! I substituted the spring mix for baby spinach and omitted the Gorgonzola...this quickly became one of my favorite salads...EVER!!!!!! My daughter who doesn't care for dressing even loved it!!! Thank you so much Gina!!!

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  19. I really love this dressing - will it keep for a few weeks if I make a bunch? I know some homemade dressings don't keep as well...

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  20. Good gracious, I LOVE this salad! What a wonderful idea to make strawberries the star of the show in a salad! Love the poppy seeds as well!

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