A while back I was having a conversation with my very best and oldest friend about how I get my kids to eat a balanced diet. And I do believe that when it comes to healthy food, it is all about how you market the said dish you want to get them to eat. I have been known to hand my kids brownish bananas and call them ” bananas with brown sugar spots,” I have successfully passed off roasted cauliflower as ” ketchup dippers,” and of course I always call broccoli salad the salad made in a ” delicious sugar sauce.” And I do think that it’s okay to add a mayonnaise-based sweet sauce to a dish if it gets kids to eat a plateful of broccoli.
With the romaine lettuce crisis that happened in 2018, I started getting creative with broccoli salads. It turns out that almost every lettuce salad that I love makes a delicious broccoli salad too. This past year I have made an apple cider broccoli salad, southwestern broccoli salad, and a winter broccoli salad. And I must let you know now that this isn’t the last you will see of my broccoli salad craze. I have a few more in the works.
Strawberry poppyseed spinach salads might be my favorite summer salad. Even though it is winter, I decided to turn my favorite salad into a delicious broccoli salad. I happened to find some super red strawberries at the store the other day so that I couldn’t help myself. What do you usually add to your strawberry poppyseed salad? I always add walnuts, avocado, and feta cheese.
I am going to share with you my favorite poppyseed dressing hack. I LOVE Brianna’s homestyle poppyseed salad dressing. I like to add a few tablespoons of lemon juice to it when I serve it. I love adding lemon to my salad dressings! This makes a super interesting dressing without all the work!
Strawberry Poppyseed Broccoli Salad
- 8 cups chopped broccoli
- 1 cup chopped strawberries
- 1 avocado, sliced
- 1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts
- 1/3 cup chopped green onions
- 1 cup poppyseed dressing
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 cup shredded chicken
In a bowl, mix broccoli, strawberries, avocado, green onions, and walnuts. In a separate bowl combine the poppyseed dressing with lemon juice. Drizzle the dressing on the broccoli salad and mix well.
Add some shredded chicken and make this dish into a meal!