Strawberry-Poppyseed Vinaigrette

I really wanted to share my Anniversary dessert with you today, but I’m not quite happy with the pictures that I have taken. (I’m re-doing the photo shoot.) However, this is the next best thing, this delicious salad dressing. I have been making it for the past couple of weeks and I simply just get enough of it. Most times you only see what I’m eating for dinner, and this is your chance to see my lunch today. Typically, my go-to salad dressing is a good quality olive oil and vinegar, but this vinaigrette is a nice change-up, too. Highly addicting!

Strawberries are coming back in season, and have been on sale quite frequently. It’s been one of my go-to shopping items for the past couple of weeks. Plus, I’m totally guilty of making chocolate-dipped strawberries as a quick dessert, too. This salad dressing is easy to put together, mix all the ingredients in a blender or food processor, to really puree the strawberries to make this tasty vinaigrette. I have made it with champagne white vinegar that I found at Trader Joe’s and that gave an extra sweet tang to it. I also made it with regular red wine vinegar, and it was just as tasty. Whatever vinegar you have on hand, it will make for one addicting vinaigrette. Light, sweet, and fresh. I love it served over a bed of spinach with fresh sliced strawberries, slivered red onions, pumpkin seeds and crumbled goat cheese.

Strawberry-Poppyseed Vinaigrette
Adapted from Cheeky Kitchen
Printable Recipe:
Ingredients:1 clove garlic1 heaping tablespoon, slice of a small red onion1/4 cup sugar1/4 cup fresh strawberries (or raspberries)1/3 white balsamic vinegar (or white vinegar)1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil1/4 teaspoon salt1 tablespoon poppyseeds Yield: 2 cups of vinaigrette

Review: Absolutely one of my favorite vinaigrettes to make during strawberry season. Add some grilled chicken for extra protein to make it a light and healthy lunch. This might make for a great addition to your Easter brunch/dinner menu as well!
Side Note: When food styling salad dressings, don’t dress the salad entirely. You want to capture the essence of the dressing, so lightly spoon it over your salad. This vinaigrette looks absolutely gorgeous all by itself when lightly spooned over on top, and the spinach won’t look wilted when taking pictures. (Another tip I learned from food styling!)

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