I pinned a Poppy seed dressing from my friend Torri about 2 weeks ago. Well, last week she e-mailed me a salad that she used the dressing on and said it was fabulous. I was inspired, and wanted to try it for myself. Usually my husband and I will have salads one night a week to make ourselves think we are eating healthy. So I changed it up from our typical Chicken Caesar Salads, and decided to try the Poppy seed dressing that my friend Torri raved about. And let me tell you, it was everything she said it was. With a spring mix as the base, I added some mozzarella cheese, dried cranberries, bacon, candied nuts and chicken, and we had ourselves Salad Night. I don’t know if you would necessarily call this a “healthy” salad but it was definitely delicious, and filling too. It was even my first time making candied nuts, and it still came out delicious. I actually used a Candied Nuts recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction. They were a perfect combination of sweet and crunchy.
Throwing the salads together certainly does not take that long, but it helps to have the ingredients on hand. If you know you do not have a whole lot of time, try having the candied nuts, bacon and chicken prepped ahead of time so they are ready to go when you need them. Make the first bite count!
Total Time: 10 minutes
1 (7 ounce) bag of spring mix
1/2 cup dried cranberries, divided
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
6-8 pieces of thick cut bacon, cooked and chopped, divided
2/3 cup candied nuts, recipe HERE, divided
1/2 pound chicken, cooked and cubed (or shredded), divided
Poppy seed Dressing Ingredients:
1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1 cup olive oil
1 Tablespoon poppy seeds
1. To make the dressing: Combine sugar, vinegar, salt, ground mustard, and onion powder in a food processor and pulse a few times. With the food processor running, slowly add the olive oil. Transfer to a dish or bowl and stir in poppy seeds.
2. Divide the bag of spring mix between 2 large bowls. Divide the dried cranberries, shredded mozzarella, bacon, candied nuts and chicken between the two bowls of lettuce. Drizzle on your desired amount of dressing and enjoy!