Strawberry Poppyseed and Bacon Chopped Salad

Strawberry Poppyseed and Bacon Chopped Salad – A quick and tasty chopped salad topped with a creamy strawberry poppyseed dressing and crumbled feta!

Strawberry Poppyseed & Bacon Chopped Salad

What on earth is a poppyseed? After I’d thrown all of the ingredients for this dressing into my food processor and was giving it a few good pulses, it hit me. What is a poppyseed? Does it come from a Poppy? Is that a flower or something else? And have you tasted a poppyseed plain? It tastes like…. I don’t even know, I really have no words to even describe it. But I swear, recipes that call for poppyseeds must have them or they won’t taste like they should. While I’ve got the use of a trove of innovation at my fingertips, I’m gonna look up poppyseeds and be right back. Have a cookie or something, this will only take me a moment.

Strawberry Poppyseed and Bacon Chopped Salad

Okay I’m back. Woah talk about fact-shock. Poppyseeds do come from a flower. But that’s not the shocking part. Guess what else comes from that same flower? Opium. Whaaaaa??? Serious. No wonder I get a little sleepy after I eat lemon poppyseed muffins. I’m pulling your leg I don’t think I’ve ever felt sleepy after eating anything with poppyseeds unless I ate it at four in the morning.

Oh and one more useful fact about poppyseeds. Apparently in traditional Indian medicine, poppyseeds can be ground, combined with milk, and made into a paste to be used as a skin moisturizer. Huh. Who knew. All these years I’ve been using lotion.

Strawberry Poppyseed & Bacon Chopped Salad

But off-topic from the history of poppyseeds, let’s talk about how awesome they are in this poppyseed. The dressing people, the dressing. Creamy, tangy, sweet, and whatever fantastic adjective you get when you add poppyseeds to the mix. Annnnnd, can I just get a hoo-ray for quick and healthy dinners? After a long day of work, stress, mis-haps, and ruined plans, an easy and delicious dinner is what I need. Something I know is gonna turn out fantastic with minimal effort. This is it folks. The dinner you want to make at the end of a long hard day. So tasty, healthy, and ready to eat in fifteen minutes, you can’t beat that!

Strawberry Poppyseed and Bacon Chopped Salad

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Strawberry Poppyseed and Bacon Chopped Salad
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A quick and tasty chopped salad with strawberries and bacon, topped with a creamy strawberry poppyseed dressing and crumbled feta!
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
  • 6 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups strawberries, chopped
  • 8 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon diced red onion
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup white vinegar
  • ¼ cup strawberries, chopped
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoons poppyseeds
  1. In a large bowl toss together chopped lettuce, strawberries, bacon, and red onion. In a food processor or blender, add all dressing ingredients and pulse 1-2 minutes until smooth. Pour dressing over salad and top with crumbled feta cheese. Enjoy!


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Haha seriously, poppyseeds are so weird, but I love everything with poppyseeds in them. This salad looks so great Tiffany and your dressing sounds ahhhhmazing!

I have always adored poppyseed salads but adding bacon?! You just took it to a whole other level!

I grew up in Europe and I used to see how poppyseeds are growing. I was opening their hard shell and I ate them straight from the flower. Poppyseeds are inside of the “flower”. Lovely Blog and great recipes.. It is my first comment but I have been visiting for couple months now:)

    That’s amazing! I would love to see that! Thanks Ilona! 🙂

For parties we ALWAYS make a salad with feta, strawberries and red onions so I KNOW I will absolutely devour this sald. The dressing sounds delicious, must try!

    There’s something about that combo, the feta and strawberries with that kick from the sweet red onions… I can’t get enough! Hope you enjoy this Elizabeth! 🙂

Love this recipe! Pinning & sharing on Facebook later today 🙂

Don’t take a drug test after eating poppy seeds. You will probably test positive. Happened to my son in law. Fortunately they figured out he had eaten a hamburger with a poppy seed roll and let him be retested in a couple of days. No drugs found. Got the job. LOL.

Yum to the freekin tummy!

And this is going to be tonight’s dinner! But with a few improvises, since I don’t have all of the ingredients on hand 🙂 I am beyond impressed with this blog and am soooo glad I discovered it via Pinterest. Are you on Bloglovin’? And do you actually make / take the pictures of everything? I am blown away!

Just wanted to let you know I am sharing your wonderful recipe tomorrow in my Gluten-Free Recipe RoundUp with a link back to your original post!
Have a terrific weekend!
Cathy from

We served this at our school. We had 2 nd/12th graders eat it. They all loved it! thanks for the GREAT recipe!!

I want to dive right into this salad! All the colors are beautiful and that dressing sounds amazing! I’ve heard poppy seeds can actual cause a positive drug test in certain circumstances. Crazy!

Using gluten-free bacon, I’m all set! What a great idea to use strawberries and onions instead of avocado in a much like cobb salad. Love it! Thanks!

Thank you for the delicious recipe Tiffany! I added avocado to the mix and it was so great. I will be adding this recipe to my rotation. I can’t wait to eat it tomorrow for lunch – onion breath and all 🙂 It’s so worth it.

    Oh my gosh why didn’t I think of avocado – brilliant! I’m definitely throwing that in the mix next time. Onion breath shmonion breath – this salad is too good to resist! 🙂 🙂

I’m planning to make this tomorrow and was going to make the dressing ahead of time. I was just wondering how it stores? Is this a make and use it now type of thing? I’ll just go ahead and make it tomorrow, because I don’t want to waste my ingredients. But it would be good to know for future. Thanks! (You can reply here or email me)

    Hi Sam, you can definitely make this dressing ahead of time, you may need to whisk in a tablespoon or two of water the next day because it does thicken a bit in the fridge overnight – but still tastes spectacular. I hope you enjoy this! 🙂

      Awesome, thanks so much!! Can’t wait to eat this!

    Hi Sam- I made this last night and took leftovers for lunch today. The dressing was just as delicious as it was last night. All it needed was a little stir 🙂

This salad is SO good! I chopped everything and made the dressing on Friday for dinner at the lake on Saturday. We served it with grilled ribeye steak and baked potatoes. I saved half of the salad and dressing and we ate the rest tonight. Thanks for sharing!

LOOKS DELISH!! I have to try this one!

This salad is amazing!! I made it several times when strawberries were in peak season. SO, so good! A new favorite, for sure! Thanks for sharing!

The salad was amazing, and dressing was the best part! Paired it with my homemade lasagna and it was a perfect combination. Thanks for sharing.

Loved this combination and especially the dressing! May I post this recipe while giving you credit on my blog?

    Hi Jane, so glad you enjoyed this salad! You may share one image from my blog along with a link to the recipe on my site however I do not allow third party sites to share the full recipe on their site. If this works for you feel free to grab an image and share away!

I think my favorite thing about this salad was that it was SO pretty! It’s fun to eat pretty food. I normally don’t care for vinegar-ish dressings, but this one was pretty tasty.

I make this salad all the time! It’s become a regular meal rotation for the past two summers. I’m making it tonight to take to a church potluck. It’s delicious! Thank you!!

    This is a perfect potluck salad! Hope it was a hit!