Strawberry Fields Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing and Candied Pecans

MK Hand


This salad is out of this world! It satisfies all your tastes...sweet, sour, salty and bitter. The slightly thick, sweet and pungent poppy seed dressing, mild bitterness of certain varieties of greens, salty-sweet candied pecans and tangy bleu cheese crumbles make this salad irresistible!


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4 - 6
30 Min
30 Min


  • 10 – 12 oz
    spring mix or mesclun mix salad greens
  • 6 oz
    fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 - 1 c
    bleu cheese crumbles
  • 1 pt
    fresh strawberries
  • 1 c
    (about 4 oz.) candied pecans (see recipe included)
  • 2 c
    poppy seed dressing (see recipe included)
  • 1/2 large
    red onion, cut into rings (optional)
  • 1/3 c
    white granulated sugar (for poppy seed dressing)
  • 1/2 c
    white vinegar
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    ground dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp
    onion powder
  • 1 c
    vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp
    poppy seeds
  • 8 oz
    (about 2 cups) pecan halves (for candied pecans)
  • 1
    egg white
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c
    white granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp
  • 3/4 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp

How to Make Strawberry Fields Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing and Candied Pecans


  1. For Salad:
    Wash and thoroughly dry spring/mesclun mix salad greens and baby spinach. Tear any large salad leaves into bite-size pieces. Place in a serving bowl. Remove the stems and caps from washed strawberries; discard; quarter the strawberries. Add to the greens and toss. Add bleu cheese crumbles to salad. Break part of 1 - 1 1/2 cups candied pecans in large pieces and leave others in halves; add to salad and toss. Serve salad drizzled with Poppy Seed Dressing. Arrange red onion slices on top of salad, if desired.
  2. For Poppy Seed Dressing:
    In a blender or food processor, combine 1/3 cup sugar, vinegar, 1 tsp. salt, mustard and onion powder and process for 30 seconds. With blender or food processor on High, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Stir in poppy seeds.
  3. For Candied Pecans:
    Preheat oven to 300°F.
    Put 1/2 cup sugar, cinnamon, 3/4 tsp. salt, ground cloves, and ground nutmeg in a plastic bag, shake to mix. Put egg, water, and vanilla in a bowl. Beat until slightly foamy, add pecans and coat well. Lift pecans out of bowl with a slotted spoon and put into the bag of sugar and spices. Shake pecans in bag making sure they are well coated. Bake 30 minutes on a baking pan lined with Silpat (Silicone baking sheet), parchment paper or lightly greased aluminum foil. 15 minutes into the baking, stir up the pecans with a fork. Let cool completely before serving. Store in an airtight container.
    Makes about 2 cups. Use about 1 - 1 1/2 cups candied pecan halves in the salad.

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