Strawberries & Mixed Greens Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Salads are some of my favorite things to make because of how diverse they can be, and this salad is nothing short of that. It is sweet, sour, savory, and always delicious! And I personally think it comes from the homemade dressing. 

I am a big, big fan of poppyseed dressing, but get so disappointed every time I go to the store to buy some and look at the ingredients and the calories are super high. The amount of sodium and sugar make my stomach turn. I swear I gain 5 pounds just from reading the list of ingredients. But I have good news for you all! You can replicate the yummy store bought dressing while keeping it healthy and sugar free. I use low-fat greek yogurt, fat-free milk, and my favorite ingredient, Xylitol and Erythritol natural sweetener called Lite and Sweet. 

Homemade is always the way to go when it comes to salad dressing. Because while the dressings may be creamy and delicious, they are so bad for you. And when you are trying to “be healthy” by eating a salad you just defeat the purpose when you pour a fatty dressing all over it. So go with the homemade option! It’s quick and easy to make, will last a good while, will be much less in calories, but will be just as tasty if not better and of course super healthy. 

Yield: app. 6 servings

Ingredients:

Dressing:

3 tablespoons Lite & Sweet

3 tablespoons low-fat Vanilla Greek Yogurt

2 tablespoons fat-free Milk

1 tablespoon Poppy Seeds

1 tablespoon White Wine Vinegar

Salt and Pepper, fresh to taste

Salad:

2 heads Butter Leaf or Romaine Lettuce, washed and chopped

1 head Red Leaf Lettuce, washed and chopped

1 cup Strawberries, sliced

Handful of blueberries

2 tablespoons Slivered Almonds, toasted

Directions:

  1.   Combine the first 5 ingredients in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk until thoroughly combined.
  2.   Place lettuce in a large bowl; add strawberries, blueberries and almonds, tossing to combine. Divide salad evenly among 6 plates. Drizzle 1 tablespoon dressing over each serving.

 

 

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