Poppy Seed Salad: One Recipe, 1001 Combinations

by Julie on February 7, 2012 · 7 comments

This is my favorite salad recipe of all time. I first had it at a bridal shower and the hostess was gracious enough to give me the recipe.
Poppy Seed Salad

6 cups of the salad greens of your choice

Combine with your choice of the following combinations:

  • 1 c. pecans, 1 c. raspberries, 1 c. cubed brie
  • 1 c. cashews, 1 c. sliced strawberries, 1 c. cubed swiss
  • 1 c. walnuts, 1 c. diced, red apples, 1 c. havarti

Toss with the following dressing:

1. c. salad oil
1/2 c. sugar
1 t. onion powder
1/3 c. white wine vinegar
1 dash salt
1 t. prepared mustard
2 T. poppy seeds

I swear to you, you can make 1001 salads from this one recipe. Probably more. Here’s why:
1. The first ingredient calls for 6 cups of salad greens. Use whatever greens you desire. I usually use a combination of romaine lettuce and baby spinach, but anything you like would work.
2. The next ingredients are basically different combinations of 1 cup of nuts, 1 cup of fruit, and 1 cup of cheese. The ones you see listed work well, but they are only suggestions. I often use almonds when I make this, although cashews are fabulous.
3. The dressing is equally forgiving. I’ve used canola oil and olive oil. I’ve used white wine vinegar and white balsamic vinegar. I’ve used regular yellow mustard and dijon mustard. I’ve also used Splenda instead of sugar.It’s to-die-for delicious every time.

One thing you should know is that this makes a lot of dressing. It can easily be cut in half, although is stores well for a few days in the fridge.

Oh, one last thing, I never put poppy seeds in the salad. I just never have them on hand so I skip them. I guess I should probably change the name.

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Audrey @ Mom Drop Box February 7, 2012 at 7:37 am

That looks so, so good. I was going to ask where you get the poppy seeds from; I’ve never seen them in the grocery store. I love brie in just about anything.


Julie February 7, 2012 at 9:46 am

Audrey, I’ve never had brie in a salad. I’ll have to try that.


Mary February 8, 2012 at 10:48 am

Hi Julie,

Thank you so much for commenting on my blog. You are so sweet.

I love your blog and have also been following along on Facebook and Twitter. You have the best advice!!!

And today – – – I love your salad. These are the types of recipes I live for – – – throw in some of this, some of that – – – and with which you can create endless varieties!



Carla February 8, 2012 at 11:33 am

Oh yum!! The nuts would kill me, but it does sound fabulous!!

You’ve been tagged, Julie!!


Lisa February 9, 2012 at 9:07 am

Sounds wonderful! I’m afraid I would want the poppy seeds!!


Julie February 9, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Lisa, I should really hunt some down and try it with them. Do you think they add a lot of taste or just texture?


Christa February 9, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Those combos sound delicious, especially the apple-walnut-havarti salad. Why don’t I ever think to put apple on my salads? I love the combo, just never think of it.


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