Monday, April 16, 2012

Summer Spinach Salad & Clean Poppyseed Dressing

This was an awesome weekend for one reason, and one reason only. Well that's not completely true, but there is one reason that sticks out. I got to go Lulu shopping!! I don't know what they pump into the the oxygen in that store but it seriously makes you a happier person. I wasn't really planning on buying anything but B was in a shopping mood (these don't come too often, but when they do you want to be around, trust me) and insisted I try some stuff on. I ended up leaving with a new sports bra, workout tank, and undies... woo hoo!! Wait. I haven't even made it to the best part. While I was trying things on B started wondering around in the men's section and fell in love with their T-shirts. He has "I'm tall and lean so shirts are either too wide or too short for me" syndrome, and the Lulu shirts fit him so perfectly. He's already talking about going back for more shirts. This is awesome. 

I'll tell you what else is awesome. This salad dressing that I'm about to give you the recipe for. I can honestly say I don't think I'll ever buy any sort of salad dressing again, in fact, I may start bottling this and selling it myself! No, I won't do that, but I do think I'll make enough to put in a mason jar and keep on hand. 

I first had this salad on Easter at my parent's house and instantly fell in love with it. It tasted too good to be true so I had my mom send me the recipe, and sure enough it's clean as can be! I re-created the salad we had on Easter over the weekend, and I added sliced strawberries and lightly toasted almonds. 

Ingredients for dressing:
-  2 T fresh lemon juice (this was about 1/2 a lemon)
- 2 T white wine vinegar
- 1 tsp poppy seeds
- 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 5 packets Truvia 

Directions:
1. Whisk all ingredients together and pour over salad. Serve immediately. 

This was enough dressing for a whole bag of spinach, just make sure you toss it well. You can experiment and add whatever you like to the salad- different fruits or nuts, low fat feta cheese, onions etc. Honestly though you guys have to promise me you'll try this. If I could give you a sample through the computer screen right now, I totally would. 

12 comments:

  1. yum! i don't plan to buy bottled dressing anymore either!!!! thanks for sharing!

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  2. Do you know how many tsp of stevia 5 packets of Truvia is?? Thanks:)

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    1. I was going to ask the same question! I have stevia at home, no truvia

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  3. I love strawberries and spinach together, such a good combo. And this dressing looks great.

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  4. I love spinach and strawberry salads! This dressing sounds good. I usually just use balsalmic and a little olive oil. Yum

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  5. Excellent recipe! We haven't bought pre-made salad dressing in well over a year and are always looking for something a little different. This one is a keeper. The bf, who was a processed food junkie until I moved in and cleaned him up (pun intended), couldn't get over how delicious it was. THANKS!

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  6. Sooooooooooooooooooo good! I used champagne vinegar. Definitely a stand by.

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  7. I have a similar recipe, but it uses apple cider vinegar and a ton of sugar. Can't wait to try this cleaned up version. :)

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  8. Anyone tried this without any sweetener/sugar/Stevia/Truvia etc - wondering if it would work with honey but i am an awful chef so hoping someone else has tried and has the measurements....???!!!

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  9. Where do you get poppy seeds? I hope this isn't a stupid question.

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    1. Haha not a stupid question! I found it on the spice aisle :)

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  10. Do you ever make this in bulk? I wonder if it would last a few days...

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