Friday, March 15, 2013

Strawberry Salad: The Perfect Side Dish

Easter is just around the corner, and with the prospect of a big family meal many of us are asking the age-old question, "What can I bring?". 

I have the perfect solution: Strawberry Salad with Candied Almonds and Poppy Seed Dressing.
You've probably seen many versions of this salad, but the sweet and crunchy candied almonds combined with the tang of the dressing make this salad stand out from the crowd. 

Whether you are hosting a holiday meal or contributing a dish to a potluck, this salad is sure to impress. It's a wonderfully light counterpoint to the heaviness of an Easter ham. It is perfect for any potluck, no matter the occasion... in fact, that's where I had it for the first time. After enjoying two helpings at a hockey party, I begged the recipe off a fellow hockey mom and have been enjoying it ever since. 

To make the salad, you'll need:

3 heads of Romain lettuce, chopped
1 pint strawberries, sliced
1/2 red onion, sliced

For the candied almonds:
About 2/3 cup of sliced almonds
1/3 cup sugar
1T. butter
Combine the almonds, butter, and sugar and cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar is melted and the almonds are brown. Watch carefully, since they burn easily. I didn't even want to risk pausing to take a picture, for fear they would scorch! You'll just have to imagine what this part looks like. ;-) When they are a nice toasty color, spread them on a glass plate and let cool. Break up any large chunks.

For the dressing:
3/4 cup real mayo
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 T. raspberry vinegar
2 T. poppy seeds

Combine ingredients in small bowl and whisk till well combined.

Combine salad ingredients, almonds, and dressing in a big serving bowl and toss till well combined. Serve immediately.
If I am bringing this dish to a potluck, I will leave the dressing and strawberries out till the last minute and add them just before we eat.

I made this at Thanksgiving and it was a big hit. It will definitely be on our Easter table as well {right along with our other family favorite, Cookie Salad}.


  1. This sounds so good...I have had something similar but not the candied almonds. I can't wait to try it!


  2. This sounds totally delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  3. This salad looks amazing!!!


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