For my wedding shower everyone brought a few recipes and this is one of my favorites. It is refreshing and pretty. This salad also travels well, just save the dressing and use it just before serving.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large salad bowl, combine the romaine, spinach, strawberries and sliced onion.

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  • In a jar with a tight fitting lid, combine the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, milk and poppy seeds. Shake well and pour the dressing over salad. Toss until evenly coated.

Nutrition Facts

257 calories; protein 5.5g 11% DV; carbohydrates 25.1g 8% DV; fat 16.8g 26% DV; cholesterol 7.8mg 3% DV; sodium 204.8mg 8% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2009
HELPFUL HINTS NOT MENTIONED: I'm really giving this 5*'s because of the dressing. It's been something I've made for almost a year now & I always have a batch ready to use. I use soy milk or lactaid because the expiration date for the milk tend to be a month away from the day I bought it which means the dressing lasts longer! I take a lock-n-lock & double the ingredients for the dressing. Mix everything but the poppy seeds (or sesame seeds) b/c they tend to just stick to the lid or bottom, so you never get the portion you want. Instead I just sprinkle it over the actual salad (any works) when I'm ready to serve, and give my lock n lock a shake before pouring over the salad! I prefer using Almond Accents found in salad section because they're already toasted, sliced, and have different flavors. Also sprinkle cranraisins or dried blueberries along with fresh strawberries. Delish! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/28/2003
I was hugely disappointed after reading all the great reviews. I find the dressing extremly sweet and I normally like things slightly sweet. Will not make again. Read More
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312 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 256
  • 4 star values: 44
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2009
HELPFUL HINTS NOT MENTIONED: I'm really giving this 5*'s because of the dressing. It's been something I've made for almost a year now & I always have a batch ready to use. I use soy milk or lactaid because the expiration date for the milk tend to be a month away from the day I bought it which means the dressing lasts longer! I take a lock-n-lock & double the ingredients for the dressing. Mix everything but the poppy seeds (or sesame seeds) b/c they tend to just stick to the lid or bottom, so you never get the portion you want. Instead I just sprinkle it over the actual salad (any works) when I'm ready to serve, and give my lock n lock a shake before pouring over the salad! I prefer using Almond Accents found in salad section because they're already toasted, sliced, and have different flavors. Also sprinkle cranraisins or dried blueberries along with fresh strawberries. Delish! Read More
(148)
Rating: 3 stars
02/27/2003
I was hugely disappointed after reading all the great reviews. I find the dressing extremly sweet and I normally like things slightly sweet. Will not make again. Read More
(87)
Rating: 4 stars
08/18/2007
This is a very yummy salad! Two hearts of romaine and about half a 9oz. bag of spinach was just right for me. I think most of the yumminess is in the dressing - the salad itself is very simple (even simpler when I picked all the onions off my serving!). I followed reviewer suggestions to reduce the mayo to 1/3 c. and the poppy seeds to just 1 Tbsp then used a full 3 Tbsp. of red wine vinegar. Really tasty like that but I was serving this at a baby shower for twin girls so I wanted a pinker hue than the vinegar alone could give. I tossed in 3-4 frozen raspberries that I happened to have on hand and shook the you-know-what out of it until they just completely dissolved! Much pinker and even tastier. Added later: I just tried a little of the dressing drizzled over a bowl of leftovers from the fruit tray (cantaloupe honeydew red grapes & strawberries). An unusual but very yummy way to enjoy both! Even later: I made a quick version with just leftover spinach sliced strawberries and the dressing. I did not miss the romaine but even though I didn't actually eat the onions last time I missed the hint of flavor that they added. Don't skip them! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/23/2004
Very good--even without all the required ingredients (I didn't have spinach or onion). The dressing was so much better than any store-bought one!! I used red wine vinegar instead of white which gave the dressing a slight pinkish color and it still tasted fine. Next time I think I will reduce the mayo (maybe 1/3 cup?) and the poppy seeds (2 T. is WAY too much--maybe 1 T.?) and increase the vinegar (3 T.). Also I think this would taste great with toasted candied almond slivers. Thank you Mary for a delicious new way to use strawberries! I will definitely make this again--in fact I have some dressing left over!:-) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/30/2005
Wow this was really good. I was a little suspect as to how strawberries would taste with romaine lettuce but the dressing was the kicker. The flavors meshed together to well. This is a great "desert salad"! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/27/2003
I thought this was a great recipe even with the changes I made so it would fit my diet. I replaced the sugar with Splenda and used fat free mayo. I also added a small amount of sliced toasted almonds. Everyone loved it. It was beautiful and colorful too. I will definitely make it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
Fabulous recipe. I used the Brianna's Rich Poppy Seed Dressing as per one of the reviews and it was "GREAT". I also added chopped walnuts and let me tell you even my finicky salad eating husband loved this. Try this recipe and you'll be hooked. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/14/2003
Yay! Great tasting easy recipe! There was a little bit too much sauce but other than that it was grrreat! Bravo! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2003
This has to be the best salad dressing I've ever made. I've made it twice for guest and both times were big hits. Try making this dressing with lite dressing and Splenda for less calories. I also made the recipe with regular sugar and I couldn't tell a difference in the taste. Read More
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