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Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing with Berry Salad

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Sweet, tangy and super creamy, this Poppy Seed dressing goes perfect with our berry salad for a side dish no one can resist!

Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing

It seems like salad is one of those foods kids have a hard time eating. Maybe because its lot of veggies all together in a big bowl. Maybe it’s because salad has been labeled as ‘one of those foods you have to eat before you have dessert’. Whatever the reason, we have found that having a yummy salad dressing with your salad makes it way more likely for kids to eat salad.

This Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing is a great way to introduce and help kids learn to love salad. It has just the right amount of tang, but is mostly sweet with appeals to both kids and adults! And there is compelling research that shows that parents eating and enjoying food has a bigger impact than most other ways of getting your kids to eat.

“One study, using sliced bell peppers, found that bribing, cajoling, exhorting, and even rewarding kids for trying new vegetables are less effective than simply eating them yourself.  Just sit down and eat yourself, and talk about how good it tastes. It will have a much bigger impact than if you give them a lecture.” Lorraine Stern.

How to Make Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing and Berry Salad

Making homemade salad dressing is so easy! There really are only two steps:

  1. Whisk ingredients together in a medium size bowl. Transfer to a salad dressing pourer.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to serve salad. The longer you refrigerate, the most flavorful your dressing will be.

To make berry salad:

  1. Rinse and chop greens and add to a large salad bowl.
  2. Add berries on top in groups for a pretty display.
  3. Add feta cheese and pecans on top of berries.
  4. Serve with your poppy seed dressing and enjoy!
beautiful berry salad side dish recipe

Commonly Asked Questions about Making Poppy Seed Dressing and Berry Salad

  • Can I substitute mayonnaise for the Greek yogurt in the dressing? Yes! There will be a slight flavor difference because mayo is less tangy that Greek yogurt.
  • What can I use instead of feta cheese in the salad? Because this is a sweet salad, I would recommend using a more milk tasting cheese. Goat cheese, ricotta or rinsed cottage cheese would work well.
  • How far in advance can I make the salad dressing? The poppy seed dressing will stay good in your fridge for up to 5 days.
creamy healthy poppy seed dressing

More of our Favorite Salad Dressing Recipes:

  • Citrus Dressing This is a fruity vanilla dressing that goes great on any fruit salad!
berry salad summer potluck side dish
creamy poppy seed dressing with berry salad

Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing with Berry Salad

Creamy homemade poppyseed dressing is the perfect compliment to tangy berries and salty feta cheese in this beautiful berry salad.
4.17 from 6 votes
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: poppy seed dressing
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 123kcal

Ingredients

Poppy Seed Dressing

  • 3/4 cup Greek yogurt, plain
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • salt and pepper to taste

Berry Salad

  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup strawberries, chopped
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

Poppy Seed Dressing

  • Whisk ingredients together in a medium size bowl. Transfer to a salad dressing pourer and refrigerate until ready to serve your salad.

Berry Salad

  • Wash and chop greens in bite size pieces and add to a salad bowl. Top with berries, feta cheese, and pecans. Serving with poppy seed dressing.
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Nutrition

Calories: 123kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 106mg | Potassium: 317mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 6396IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 1mg

Natalie Monson

I'm a registered dietitian, mom of 4, avid lover of food and strong promoter of healthy habits. Here you will find lots of delicious recipes full of fruits and veggies, tips for getting your kids to eat better and become intuitive eaters and lots of resources for feeding your family.

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Always looking for new salad recipes to make for the kids. Just wondering about the dressing, do you think it would taste ok to replace the Miracle Whip with mayo (but use less of) or plain greek yogurt?

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Oh, that salad is to die for! What is it about spinach and berries and poppy seed dressing that make me salivate? I will definitely be trying this one!

(And yay for Nate!)

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Thank you and best of luck.

No offense or nothing personal but I’ve never been able to understand anyone wanting to ruin a healthy salad with a “toxic” dressing
I’ve been making an AMAZING Poppy Seed dressing
For years that is Outstanding & consists of all healthy ingredients :
Play with the proportions
Olive oil (or u can chose another oil)
Apple Cider vinegar
Honey (or experiment with different sweeteners)
Poopy seeds
Pinch of mustard powder
Blend on high speed ( will turn whiteish in color )

Love this salad! Used plain greek yogurt, instead of mayo, for the dressing and it was amazing! Also here in England, I found an awesome goat and sheep cheese feta at my local grocery- not overly salty like most American feta cheese that you can find, and more mild to the taste.

Do you think Parmesan would work with this? MY family is not a fan of feta or goat cheese…much to my dismay.

I actually don’t think Parmesan would taste right Dorian- Parmesan is more salty, and this is a sweet salad. You can try it, but I’d just leave the cheese out altogether rather than sub the parmesan.
Goodluck!

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