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