Sunday, May 13, 2012

The Best Poppyseed Dressing Ever!

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I found a recipe for Strawberry Spinach Salad that was really good, but the poppyseed dressing took a whole cup of oil.  I decided to try to lighten things up a bit and the following recipe is my final version.  It is delicious, inexpensive, and low-calorie (as salad dressings go).  I usually use it for spinach, strawberries, and candied nuts but I imagine it could be used on almost any salad.  I have been asked for this recipe often and even my picky daughter will eat it.


1/3 cup oil (any kind -- I normally use olive oil)
1/3 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsn poppyseeds
A sprinkle of salt (adjust to your taste)

Mix the ingredients together in a salad dressing shaker or in a measuring cup with a whisk. Add it to a fresh bunch (or bag) of Spinach, a cup or two of sliced strawberries, and 1/2 cup of candied walnuts or pecans.  Yum!  It is delicious!  I calculated the dressing to be about 86 calories and 6 grams of fat per serving.

NOTE: Candied nuts can be made by adding 1/2 cup of nuts and a 1/4 cup sugar to a frying pan on low heat. Stir until sugar melts and coats the nuts and then move to a piece of wax paper to cool down.

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