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Summer Strawberry Salad with Gouda and Orange Poppyseed Dressing {Plus My Favorite Salad Spinner}

Strawberry Gouda Salad

salad spinner.jpgDo you love strawberry salad?

It’s almost strawberry time and you’ll love using your fresh strawberries in this light flavorful summer salad! The recipe came from our friend, Nancy, which is where we get quite a few of our favorites. :) First, here’s my salad spinner, which I loooooove… The kids fight over spinning it, of course, but the bowl is cute and a perfect size for a summer picnic. It’s also collapsible to save space! The best part is that it actually works, my last one was a piece of junk — it’s funny how you appreciate the little things sometimes, huh? :)

Summer Strawberry Salad with Gouda with Orange Poppyseed Dressing

Ingredients for strawberry salad:

  • Your favorite crunchy lettuce, rinsed, drained and torn. I like organic romaine with a nice mix of other greens, too. Nancy’s recipe also calls for spinach, and a little raw spinach now and then is no big deal, unless you have health issues, but here’s why you don’t want to make eating raw spinach a daily habit, such as in a morning smoothie… It contains something called oxalic acid, which blocks mineral absorption. Read about other veggies that should be lightly cooked before eating from Sarah. Also, here’s more info from Dr. Kaayla Daniel: Plants Bite Back.
  • 1 pint organic strawberries, cleaned and sliced – strawberries are always high on the dirty dozen, right now it’s number two
  • 6 oz. gouda cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 to 1 cup crispy pecans or almonds

Ingredients for dressing:

  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed organic orange juice (about 2 oranges)
  • 1 T. grated orange zest (from the 2 oranges you got the juice from)
  • 3 T. olive oil
  • 1 T. local raw honey or maple syrup (click the links if you don’t have a local source for those)
  • 1/2 tsp. poppyseeds
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp. paprika (not the smoked kind)
  • Dash of pepper to taste


Whisk dressing ingredients well and pour over salad ingredients. Let me know if you love it, too!


  1. You know I had a salad spinner much like that one but I thought “it” was pos. I have been looking for one with a handle instead of the pull cord. On mine the pull cord didn’t last but two months…

  2. Hi Kelly,

    We are stopping doing GAPS intro after 2 days. My daughter was having great struggles with blood sugar levels despite eating the foods. We are not a severe GAPS family (eczema, 1 child has milk allergy, and that is it). My husband felt it was too much for our family and not wise to continue. However, it did make us stop and realize how much we have been beginning to go back towards easy fixes and reliances on grains (sourdough pancakes, homemade cold cereal, soaked beans and white rice) too often. So we will be tweaking our diets towards where it should be again. It is amazing to realize how much we have fallen off so to say. A part of me is embarrassed to admit that we have already stopped but another part realizes it is not a competition and there needs to be no embarrassment. All of this too say, that I am looking at your salad, with my mouth watering…it is going to be dinner tonight!

  3. I had a salad yesterday with Strawberries and Arugula, it was quite good. I never thought those two would go together.

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