Recipe Redux: Shower Brunches | Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing


One of the nicest things about brunch is you don’t have to get up early to enjoy it (or make it)! This festive meal has become synonomous with special occasions like graduation and showers, i.e. bridal showers, baby showers. It’s a perfect topic for this months Recipe Redux theme: Share your favorite healthy brunch dish for the upcoming ‘shower season’.

For those of you who follow my blog, you might remember my recent post: Pamper Someone with Breakfast in Bed: Vegetable Frittata. I am please to say this recipe won  first place in the Build and Better Brunch recipe contest sponsored by the Southeastern United Dairy Industry Association, Inc. and Healthy Aperture. So, how do I top that? I have decided to share a recipe that I would serve along with my vegetable frittata at a shower brunch in May. The sweet and sour taste of this stawberry salad with poppy seed dressing compliments the savory goodness of the vegetable frittata. I think they are a perfect party pair. Please check out the links at the bottom of my post for more healthy brunch ideas!

What are your favorite brunch foods?

Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

by Diane Boyd

Ingredients (serves 6)

  • 3 cups spring mix
  • 1 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 ice cube
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds


for the salad dressing

In a small sauce pan, heat vinegar and sugar over medium heat, stirring frequently until sugar is dissolved; 1- 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Add ice cube. Whisk in salt, oil and poppy seeds. Mix well and use immediately or store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

for the salad

Add spring mix, pecans and sliced strawberries into a large bowl. Toss with just enough dressing to coat the greens.

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Coco Vita Pure Coconut Water Giveaway + Recipe for Piña Colada Sorbet



Many individuals have been  enjoying the refreshing taste of coconut water, making it the fastest growing beverage in the United States and Coco Vita is the market leader.  One cup of unflavored coconut water contains zero grams of fat, only 45 calories, is good source of potassium  and a very good source of vitamin C.  But just until recently, did many of us realize it should  be, as Deanna from teaspoon of spice put it, “a  new pantry staple.”

Today I am using my new pantry staple in a recipe I developed this week for a piña colada sorbet. It’s fitting that my first sorbet of the 2013 summer season has a refreshing tropical taste. It makes a  great fat free substitute for ice cream and I especially like that it contains no gums or preservatives found in store bought versions of prepared frozen desserts and drinks.

If you’ve already been enjoying the great taste of Coco Vita pure coconut water or are interested in finding out what the excitement is all about, here’s a chance to win a free case!  A big thank you to Sarah Lewis and the rest of the Vita Coco team for making this possible! You can enter to win at the bottom of this post.

What’s your favorite frozen dessert or drink?

Piña Colada Sorbet

by Diane Boyd


  • 1 cup Coco Vita coconut water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 -20 oz can crushed pineapple, packed in juice
  • 1 large mango, peeled and chopped


1. Place coconut water and sugar in a medium sauce pan and heat until sugar is dissolved. Cool completely; either store in refrigerator overnight or chill over an ice bath for 30 minutes if you wish to make sorbet right away.

2. Add chopped mango and crushed pineapple + juice to a food mill to express juice from fruit.

3. Add juice to cooled sugar and coconut water mixture. Pour into a freezer bowl of an automatic frozen yogurt-ice cream & sorbet maker. Turn the machine on and let mix until mixture thickens, about 30 minutes.

4. If desired , transfer sorbet to an airtight container and place in freezer until firm, about 2 hours.

Variation: Add 1/4 cup shredded coconut during the last 5-10 minutes of freezing.

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Disclosure: Coco Vita is providing me with samples and this opportunity to give away a case of Coco Vita Pure coconut water on my blog,  in appreciation for my participation in their recent recipe contest. 

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