Thursday, April 19, 2012

Simple Strawberry Brie Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

Ya’ll KNOW how I feel about Brie cheese (Exhibit A, , C, and D)! Yes, I L-O-V-E it. For real.

So, I made (& posted about) this salad about two years back (Excuse the “i had no idea what White Balance was” photos… SHUDDER) haha.

I love looking back at where I started on this little ol’ blog and see the change from then to now… From 2 line posts with small orangey photos to now. WHAT a difference. It’s a great reminder that everyone starts somewhere!

I know I still have a LONG way to go/grow, but I can’t wait to see what another 2 years brings!! 🙂

Anyhow, back to the salad. This is one of my favorite spring/summer salads and I thought it deserved a re-post (with a homemade dressing recipe of course!).

Strawberry season is in full bloom down here in Florida, and will be soon in other states (so dog ear this salad for when that time comes for you!).

The sweet strawberries, creamy brie, crunchy almonds, and tangy dressing work. so. well. together. I’m a big fan combining different flavors/textures!

Now, you KNOW the hubs can’t consider anything a meal unless there is some sort of meat involved hah! One of my FAVORITE quick tips is to buy a cooked rotisserie chicken at the grocery store, chop it up, add it to the salad to beef it up a bit & call it a meal.

This dinner took literally 15 minutes TOPS to throw together with it’s simple 5 ingredient dressing and a little chopping! I’ll call that a WIN.

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Simple Strawberry Brie Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

Yield: 3-4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


For the Poppy Seed Dressing:
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 cup oil (I used olive oil)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper (optional)

For the Salad:
1 heads Romaine lettuce, chopped
3/4 - 1 cup sliced strawberries
4 ounces brie cheese, rind removed and cubed
1/2 cup sliced almonds
grilled chicken, optional


For the Poppy Seed Dressing:
Whisk together vinegar, sugar, poppy seeds and dry mustard in a bowl until well combined. Slowly drizzle in oil, whisking to incorporate. Set aside until ready to use.

For the Salad:
Build salad and toss with desired amount of dressing. Add chicken to make into a hearty main course!

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26 Responses to “Simple Strawberry Brie Salad with Poppyseed Dressing”

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersj — April 19, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    What a great salad! I just love a good chicken and strawberry salad and the dressing looks amazing! I have to give it a try!

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — April 19, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    One of my favorite things to do is look back on people’s old posts to see the difference, it’s so fun seeing the change and improvement!
    This is random but where in Florida are you guys? I noticed your twitter profile says “southeast” (I swear I’m not a stalker ;)), we used to live in Palm Beach Gardens and have plans to move back in the next year or two (not soon enough for me!). Maybe one day we’ll be close enough to actually meet!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — April 19, 2012 @ 9:39 am

    What a yummy looking salad! I love it!

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    Lane @ Supper for a Steal — April 19, 2012 @ 10:52 am

    I just made poppy seed dressing last week. My recipe is very similar, but also includes grated onion. The salad looks delicious.

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    Rachael S — April 19, 2012 @ 11:08 am

    i recently decided to start making salads to take for lunches and I think this one looks amazing, LOVE strawberries. Thanks for sharing it!

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    Erin — April 19, 2012 @ 11:56 am

    Mmm brie, I cannot remember the last time I had it. Time to fix that!

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    nicole {sweet peony} — April 19, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

    I LOVE strawberry salads with poppyseed dressing! Totally my favorite combo!!! I’ll definitely have to try it with the brie… yum! 🙂

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — April 19, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

    I never think to add cubed cheese to salad, only shredded. I need to try that soon!

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    Cassie — April 19, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

    ‘Tis the season for amazing salads such as this one. I love your Brie addiction, and this dressing sounds amazing. I need to go back and try that panini too!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 19, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

    Loving this simple salad. And I’m also a crazy brie fanatic!.I can’t wait to try this salad, and that plantain wrap too!

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    the wanna be country girl — April 19, 2012 @ 6:43 pm

    I love a good poppy seed dressing, and this looks like one! I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.

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    Michelle Serrano — April 20, 2012 @ 2:37 am

    YUM! We have our first batch of strawberries coming in our weekly produce bag this week! I’m definitely making this! :o)

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    Debbie — April 20, 2012 @ 9:12 am

    I want to try this one…missed it the first rime

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    amanda — April 22, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    Looks great – I’ve never tried brie in a salad (normally I use goat cheese in this salad) but since I love brie I will definitely be giving this a try!

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    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — April 22, 2012 @ 6:49 pm

    What beautiful pictures!! And, I loved looking back at the original post to see that, yes, we do all start somewhere. You are just adorable!

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    Jessica — April 23, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

    Yum!!! Strawberries have been ripe, delicious and on sale lately! I’m so going to make this!

    Quick off-topic question….I think you have mentioned that you use Publix fresh pizza dough sometimes. I use one of those non-stick metal pizza pans with the holes on the bottom and I can never get the crust crispy on it. I always have to slip the pizza off the pan and put it directly on the rack towards the end. Is it me, my oven, or the dough? LOL can you answer that?

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    natalie {the haute housewife} — April 24, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

    I am definitely going to add this Poppyseed Dressing to my repertoire! Part of the reason I love your blog so much is because you seriously have THE MOST BEAUTIFUL pictures! As a very, very amateur photog, I don’t know how you do it! I am not that skilled yet 🙂 I would have to make and photograph all my food during the day – ha!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — April 24, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

    What a great dressing. Perfect for with the strawberries, and a little chicken never hurt a salad!

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    Melanie @ Nutritious Eats — April 25, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

    I adore Brie too. So yummy! And I eat salads almost daily- can’t get enough. I am always looking out for new dressings though- this looks great! My blog is 1 1/2 years old and I too look back and old pictures and laugh. Some I thought were really pretty good at the time! I am still learning too, but know I have improved since I started the blog. So I just found you on twitter because I see you are going to BlogHerFood. I will see you there- so excited!

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    Colleen — April 25, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

    This looks delicious! I’ve never dubbed brie for a salad, but I will now that I’ve seen this!

    Colleen @ Meet the Sullivans

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    Jessica — April 25, 2012 @ 11:45 pm

    You are killing me! Your salads always look so delicious and gorgeous!!

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — April 26, 2012 @ 1:06 am

    oh my..I loooove strawberries..this actually makes me want to eat a salad as my whole dinner, not just a side! It looks so refreshing and summery! Thanks!

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    Grace — April 26, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

    My, my doesn’t this look AMAZING!
    You always bring the good side of salads. =)

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    Michelle — April 27, 2012 @ 11:57 am

    Made this dressing last night with a chicken, strawberry, and basil salad. It was DELICIOUS! Never buying the bottled stuff again!

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    Mary — April 29, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

    This is one of my favorite salad combinations ever. I make a very similar dressing, but I’ve never tried adding brie to the salad. This needs to be made SOON! Thanks.

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    shron — January 24, 2013 @ 7:17 pm

    Sometimes I love to see the “old” photos. They look real!

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