Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

This Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing is a simple and quick dish made with just a few simple ingredients. It is fresh and tasty, and a poppy seed, lemon, and honey adds sweet, sour, and nutty notes elevating the flavour profile to a different level.

Jump to Recipe
Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Hey folks – how are you doing? I hope May has been enjoyable for you so far.

As you can see, I am back! Well, officially we returned home from our vacation last Tuesday. But as you know, after a good vacation you often need an another vacation to rest :) And while I could not afford having actual rest (the next morning after our flight I went to the office), I took a couple of extra days off from blogging.

But here I am – it is time to be back!

Our vacation was terrific. All three countries are beautiful, with our favourite being the Netherlands, followed by Luxembourg. Sorry Belgium, you are still gorgeous – just ranked third in our list :)

Probably, I will share a few travel posts later, but in the mealtime, I could assure you that we a) travelled across all three countries to see as many places as possible (e.g., over 20 cities, towns, and villages in the Netherlands, and over 10 for each Belgium and Luxembourg) b) ate a ton of cheese (the Netherlands is a paradise for cheese lovers’. If you are planning your trip to the Amsterdam, make sure you visit Edam and Gauda – the towns where two famous Dutch cheeses originated.)

Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Today I am offering a super easy salad idea with which many of you are probably familiar. While I love complex flavour and texture profile in our salads, nothing is super complicated here.

The star of this salad is certainly its dressing. You can find a plenty of recipes for similar dressings, often more creamy, but the one I am offering is super easy and light. You will need olive oil, freshly squeezed lemon juice, honey, balsamic vinegar (or pomegranate molasses) as well as poppy seeds, some salt and pepper. And while it is optional, I do quickly toast poppy seeds to make them more nutty and flavourful.

Naturally, in place of fresh strawberries you can use other available or your favourite berries or even stone fruits. Some good options include raspberries, blueberries, apricots, peaches, and cherries. You may just need to tweak a bit the dressing depending on sweetness of fruit you are using (i.e., use less of honey or more lemon.)

And if you want to make this salad more filling, add-ons are endless. Think of cooked chicken, nuts, or cheese. Or simply enjoy as it is with some crusty bread!

More Strawberry Salads

Also, make sure check some similar ideas:

Peach Strawberry Salad

Strawberry Mozzarella Salad

Strawberry Chicken Smoked Cheese Salad

I hope you like this Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing , and you will give it a try soon. If you make it, let me know in this post or send me an Instagram message or share you photos adding the hashtag #havocinthekitchen. 


Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Recipe by Ben | HavocinthekitchenCourse: SaladsDifficulty: Easy


Prep time



Simple strawberry salad with a lovely dressing made with poppy seeds, honey, and lemon.


  • Honey Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing:
  • 1 – 1 1/2 tbsp. poppy seeds

  • 2 tbsp. (30 ml) extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 tbsp. (15 ml) honey

  • 1 tbsp. (15 ml) lemon juice

  • 1/2 tbsp. (7 ml.) balsamic or pomegranate molasses

  • a pinch of fine salt and pepper

  • Strawberry Salad:
  • 1 lb. (450 gr.) strawberries, hulled and sliced

  • few generous handfuls (100-120 gr.) salad leaves of your choice


  • Add the poppy seeds onto a skillet over low heat and toast for 3-4 minutes, until fragrant. This step is optional, but it will improve the flavour profile.
  • In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, balsamic (or molasses), salt, and pepper and whisk until the salt has been dissolved. Try and adjust the sweetness / sourness to your liking. Stir in the toasted poppy seeds.
  • For a salad, simply combine the strawberries with salad leaves, then add the dressing and toss to coat. Alternatively, serve the dressing separately so everyone would be able to use desired amount. If you have any leftovers of the dressing, keep it refrigerated for a few days. Enjoy!

13 thoughts on “Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

  1. Marcelle says:

    I’m glad you had a fun vacation, the destinations sound wonderful. I traveled in Europe (Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland) some when I was in my 20’s, but haven’t made the trip back over that way in a long, long time. Now that my kids are so much bigger, we might have to make the trek :) I love poppy seed dressing and salads with strawberries, I could eat this one everyday! ????

  2. David Scott Allen says:

    Your poppyseed dressing looks fantastic. I can imagine it would be good on any salad, especially with this one with strawberries.

    I’m so glad you had a great time on your vacation, and I look forward to the posts… Especially on Luxembourg and the Netherlands. I haven’t been to those two countries, though I have been to Belgium (and thought it was beautiful). So, if it was third on your list, I can’t wait to see the others. Welcome back!
    David Scott Allen recently posted…Recipe for Crevettes au Paprika DouxMy Profile

  3. Michelle says:

    Welcome back and what a lovely spring salad with that vibrant poppyseed dressing! Can’t wait for strawberry season to be in full swing!

  4. Emma Loabez says:

    Hello Ben! I am a salad enthusiast. They must be consumed 365 days a year.
    I loved yours, it has a dressing that enriches it greatly.
    Happy weekend.

  5. Shashi says:

    Ben, Welcome back!!! I love your use of in the “mealtime” in your post – Also this strawberry salad sounds absolutely so simple and delicious! I love the poppy seed dressing, so few ingredients and so much taste! My Boyfriend loves poppy seeds so he thought this dressing was terrific! Thanks so much! So looking forward to your travels posts and seeing all your photos of these 3 places!
    Shashi recently posted…Easy Air Fried TofuMy Profile

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge