Bittersweet Strawberry Salad

June 23, 2014
1 Ratings
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

Move aside romaine! For years I've had salads with romaine, tomato, and cucumber with italian dressing. Not very inventive and let me tell you, it gets old quickly. I've dabbled with different lettuces before and found that they were too bitter. However, when a sweet poppyseed dressing is added to a bed of bitter lettuce and topped with strawberries, there is a perfect balance between bitter, and sweet. I used watercress, arugula, and a little bit of radicchio to form the greens in my salad. Watercress isn't terribly bitter and is actually quite mild. Arugula is peppery, which adds a different layer of flavoring, and the radicchio brings the bitter punch to the salad. The poppyseed dressing, taken from Taste of Home, adds a subtle sweetness that coats the lettuce and tempers the bitterness. With strawberries, the dish becomes both satisfying and bright. —Dominick

What You'll Need
  • For the poppyseed dressing
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Onion salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ground mustard
  • 1/3 cup Vinegar
  • 1 cup Vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon Poppyseeds
  • For the salad
  • 3 ounces Watercress
  • 3 ounces Arugula
  • 1 cup Chopped radicchio
  • 2 cups Strawberries, chilled, sliced thinly
  1. For the poppyseed dressing
  2. In a bowl, add the sugar, onion salt, and mustard. Pour in the vinegar and whisk. Slowly pour in the oil while whisking and beat until the mixture becomes thick. Stir in the poppy seeds.
  1. For the salad
  2. Pour about 1/4 cup of dressing into the bottom of a large bowl. Add the lettuces and strawberries and toss gently. Serve immediately.

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