Strawberry and Avocado Salad with Honey Maple Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

I loved every single thing about this beautiful salad.  I was surprised to find that I enjoyed the combination of creamy avocado with sweet strawberries – they were wonderful together. The almonds gave the salad a nice crunch and the Parmesan gave it a great salty flavor. I loved the honey maple poppy seed vinaigrette that I found on Barefeet in the Kitchen… it was AMAZING - thanks Mary!!  I used baby spinach, mixed greens, and romaine to make this salad extra tasty. I used  The Village Press olive oil that was recently sent to me and I really liked it.  The oil is very flavorful and delicious – it made the vinaigrette really fantastic. My husband, myself, and our friends loved the salad and the kids gobbled it all up too. I paired this dish with Razor Clams and a delicious pasta salad that will post soon.

Combine the canola oil, olive oil, maple syrup, honey, Dijon mustard, fresh lemon juice & zest, white balsamic vinegar, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, and the poppy seeds together in a small bowl; whisk until well combined.  Set aside for flavors to mingle for 20-30 minutes.

Combine the baby spinach, spring greens, and romaine lettuce together in a large bowl.  Layer the salad with sliced strawberries, diced avocado, sliced shallots, sliced almonds, and shredded Parmesan.  Drizzle the top with the vinaigrette and toss until evenly coated.  Serve immediately.  Enjoy.

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Strawberry and Avocado Salad with Honey Maple Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

Yield: 8

Prep Time: 15 min.

Total Time: 10 min. + time for vinaigrette to get flavorful

Ingredients:

Honey Maple Poppy Seed Vinaigrette:
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp canola oil
1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 lemon juice & zest
1/2-1 tbsp white balsamic vinegar, to taste
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1 tsp poppy seeds

Salad:
2 cups of baby spinach
1 cup of mixed greens
1 cup of romaine
1/2 cup of strawberries, sliced
1 avocado, diced
1 small shallot, sliced thinly
2 tbsp sliced almonds
2 tbsp Parmesan cheese, shredded

Directions:

Combine the canola oil, olive oil, maple syrup, honey, Dijon mustard, fresh lemon juice & zest, white balsamic vinegar, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, and the poppy seeds together in a small bowl; whisk until well combined. Set aside for flavors to mingle for 20-30 minutes.

Combine the baby spinach, spring greens, and romaine lettuce together in a large bowl. Layer the salad with sliced strawberries, diced avocado, sliced shallots, sliced almonds, and shredded Parmesan. Drizzle the top with the vinaigrette and toss until evenly coated. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking
Original vinaigrette recipe by Barefeet in the Kitchen

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29 Responses to “Strawberry and Avocado Salad with Honey Maple Poppy Seed Vinaigrette”

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 3, 2012 @ 11:50 pm

    That vinaigrette is to die for! You’ve combined such awesome flavors, Pam!

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    pam — September 4, 2012 @ 4:21 am

    Strawberries and avocadoes – never thought to try them together!

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    Kim in MD — September 4, 2012 @ 4:28 am

    I love salads and eat at least one every single day. You always make the best salads, Pam! This one looks so refreshing, and the vinaigrette sounds amazing. I can’t wait to try this!

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    Jenn's Food Journey — September 4, 2012 @ 5:32 am

    What a gorgeous salad! Perfect for saying so long to summer with!!

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    swati — September 4, 2012 @ 5:41 am

    great salad….yum all the way!

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    Cathy at Wives with Knives — September 4, 2012 @ 6:40 am

    Love this salad, Pam. Still hoping to see you at the market.

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    Joanne — September 4, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    I bookmarked this when Mary posted it also! I haven’t gotten around to making it yet but it’s been moved up on my priority list!

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    Carmen Rosa — September 4, 2012 @ 9:45 am

    Pam, This looks & sounds like a perfect salad to me!

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    Loly — September 4, 2012 @ 11:36 am

    WOW, soooooooooooo healthy and fresh :D
    Totally looooooooooooving it..

    XoXo
    http://abudhabifood.blogspot.com

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    Sues — September 4, 2012 @ 11:55 am

    I love avocados and strawberries together and this salad is just beautiful!

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    Lia — September 4, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

    UAU Pam,
    What a colourful, delicious and refreshing suggestion you’re giving us!!
    Cheers,
    Lia.

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    Marjie — September 4, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

    The dressing sounds fantastic, and the salad is really pretty. Love your serving bowl, too. Glad you had a nice weekend.

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    Mary — September 4, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

    I am so glad that you enjoyed the dressing, Pam! This salad sounds delicious. I can not get enough of all the different fruits I’ve been putting in my salads this year. Have a blessed afternoon!

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    Rhonda (@diningalone) — September 4, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

    This combines so many of my favorite things, I never would have thought to have strawberries with avocado. I love sweet and savory so this is right up my alley.

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    Ridwan — September 4, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

    Great combination on the salad and the dressing is superb,,YUM !!

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    Blond Duck — September 4, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

    I’m in love with strawberries right now.

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    Peggy Recker — September 4, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

    Oh this looks so good.

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    Jersey Girl Cooks — September 4, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

    I have never had strawberries with avocados before but i will have to try it. Love the sweet poppy seed dressing.

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    teresa — September 4, 2012 @ 5:49 pm

    i just might eat this salad for an entire week. it’s gorgeous!

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    Words Of Deliciousness — September 4, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

    I love strawberries in a salad and I love avocados in a salad, but I have never tried them in a salad together. I must try it! The salad is so colorful and looks yummy.

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — September 5, 2012 @ 2:43 am

    Both strawberries and avocado are favourites. The salad looks fabulous.

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    Kerstin — September 5, 2012 @ 5:43 pm

    What a lovely salad – and the homemade vinaigrette sounds amazing!

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    grace — September 6, 2012 @ 2:04 am

    this looks awesome! i RARELY like dressing of any kind, but i’m inevitably drawn to poppy seed vinaigrettes. love the maple in there!

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    Lucie — September 6, 2012 @ 7:41 am

    Yummm! You’ve got talent, ma’am! And I love those salad tongs. I just wanna go home now and make that vinaigrette!

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    Maya @ Mayaskitchen.ca — September 7, 2012 @ 5:21 am

    Looks so yummy! I would even take it one step forward and add crumbled goat cheese. It goes REALLY well with the strawberries! yummy!

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