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Favorite Green Salad with Sweet Poppyseed Dressing

Favorite Green Salad with Sweet Poppyseed Dressing is the perfect salad to make and take or just have on hand for a delicious lunch!

A white plate with a red rim filled with a salad that\'s dotted with green onion, craisins, croutons, and nuts. A jar of vinaigrette over a red-checked tablecloth sits in the background.When my son comes home I always have to have our Favorite Green Salad with Sweet Poppyseed Dressing in large supply. When he’s hungry this salad is the first thing he grabs by the bucket load. I guess he didn’t inherit my ice cream gene!

A white plate with a red rim filled with a salad that\'s dotted with green onion, craisins, croutons, and nuts. A jar of vinaigrette over a red-checked tablecloth sits in the background.Several years ago when our family would all get together for the holidays, we would always request that my mother-in-law bring “her” salad. It was so easy for her to make and take. She just put everything in ziplock bags and the dressing in a jar. It all went into one bowl right before we ate it. The bowl always emptied too quickly! She’s into her 90’s now and she’s passed on the salad gauntlet to us youngsters!

The only change that I’ve made is that I don’t add the dressing to the entire bowl. It’s not that I don’t love it, it’s the opposite! I want a cup of this dressing with a handful of lettuce so I try and show a bit of restraint. I also serve this salad with homemade croutons, seeds, nuts, and craisins. I have a regular party going on in my salad bowl!

A white plate with a red rim filled with a salad that\'s dotted with green onion, craisins, croutons, and nuts. A jar of vinaigrette over a red-checked tablecloth sits in the background.

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Favorite Green Salad with Sweet Poppyseed Dressing

Favorite Green Salad with Sweet Poppyseed Dressing is the perfect salad to make and take or just have on hand for a delicious lunch!
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 4
Author Julie Menghini

Ingredients

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 green onions chopped (white and green parts)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 2/3 cups vegetable oil

Salad

  • Lettuce greens of your choice torn to bite size
  • 1 cup cashews lightly chopped
  • 1 cup craisins
  • 6 cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • optional ingredients include shredded cheese or chicken, cubed fruit or veggies

Instructions

  • Combine dressing ingredients and mix well. Right before serving, combine salad ingredients and drizzle with dressing. Reserve any extra dressing in the refrigerator for future use.

Nutrition

Serving: 4g | Calories: 717kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 53g | Saturated Fat: 33g | Sodium: 316mg | Potassium: 307mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 214IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 3mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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It’s not that she never wanted to share her recipe but we just never asked for it. You know how it wouldn’t be the same if Grandma didn’t bring her salad? We’ve gotten past that and now she enjoys it at our table and we enjoy it a lot more often.

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Recipe Rating




Mike

Tuesday 26th of May 2020

This is our favorite salad dressing as is requested by our company when they are in for the holidays

Pamela (BrooklynFarmGirl)

Friday 7th of July 2017

This salad looks so tasty! :)

Julie Menghini

Saturday 8th of July 2017

Thank you Pamela! It is very tasty and so easy to make.

Sandhya Nadkarni

Thursday 6th of July 2017

I love green salads too Julie and poppy seed dressing is a favorite! Thank you for sharing - I would save a cup of that dressing for myself too :)

Julie Menghini

Thursday 6th of July 2017

Thank you so much, Sandhya! It is definitely all about the dressing!

liz

Thursday 6th of July 2017

I adore the combination of fruit, crisp greens, and a tangy dressing. Lovely salad.

Julie Menghini

Thursday 6th of July 2017

Thank you, Liz! I can eat salad every day of the week especially in this heat!

Loretta

Thursday 6th of July 2017

What a lovely refreshing salad Julie. And you're right, I'd probably drink the dressing in a cup. It all looks and sounds wonderful put together like that. I hope you and your family had a wonderful July 4th holiday :)