I first had this salad at Duclaw Brewing Company in Bowie, MD, while visiting my sister. The salad was a meal, filled with grilled chicken and lots of fruit. Once I started re-creating it at home, I nix the chicken when I use it as a side salad. When I make it for my lunch, I throw in some Perdue Shortcuts Grilled Chicken.
Amounts are approximate, and feel free to put in more of what you like and subtract the things you dislike. For being such a simple salad, it's surprisingly impressive to serve with your meal - so serve it when you have guests over!
Scrumptious Sides and Salads
Fruit, Nut and Blue Cheese Salad
with Poppy Seed Dressing
- 4 of mixed salad greens
- 1/2 cup of red seedless grapes, cut in half
- 1/2 cup of strawberries (3-4 medium/large strawberries), chopped
- 3 TBS of sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup of blue cheese crumbles
- 1/2 cup of chicken (optional - use if serving salad as a meal, not a side)
- Poppy Seed dressing
Combine salad greens, grapes and strawberries in a serving bowl. Drizzle with Poppy Seed dressing to taste. Mix well. Before serving, sprinkle with almonds and cheese.
1) Dressing amount is approximate. I would say for the amount listed above, use about 1/4 cup. If you are not keen on dressing, use less. If you are a dressing-o-holic, use more.
2) Any almonds will do, but I found these Almond Accents bags in the grocery store (in the produce section with salad/fruit/etc). They have tons of flavors (some like "ranch" which would probably not go well with this), and I recently tried the "honey roasted" kind on this salad - it was delish!
3) As stated above, if making this a side salad, forgo the chicken. When making this salad a meal, serve with 1/4-1/2 cup sliced chicken per person.
4) Some people have trouble finding a good Poppy Seed dressing. I use Kraft Poppy Seed dressing and find it to be perfect (and not expensive!). Another great poppy seed dressing is made Brianna's. Brianna's PS Dressing is a little harder to find in some grocery stores (and a little more pricey), but very good.
It's really that simple! If you have any variations (or comments/opinions), leave me a comment. And keep sending me your side and salad recipes to share...