Spinach Salad with Low-fat Poppy Seed Dressing

Course Salad
Cuisine Italian


For the Salad:

  • 1-8 oz package of fresh spinach
  • 6 strawberries sliced
  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts
  • 2 slices of red or sweet onion, cut in half
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 1/2 can navy beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 shallot
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 large squirts of agave syrup
  • salt and pepper to taste



  • Place spinach, strawberry slices, onion and walnuts into a bowl and in that order.


  • Place all items in the blender and blend until smooth.
  • Check seasoning to see if more agave is needed (or less), for example.


Strawberries & the Spring

Strawberries are so plentiful in the Spring. But this is a good salad for Fall because walnuts are everywhere. I try to purchase strawberries from local people that raise them. The flavour is so much better. Or I bid on them at my favorite place ever…the PRODUCE AUCTION! But if you must, go to the grocery store.