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Strawberry Gouda Summer Salad with Orange Poppyseed Dressing

Author: Kelly the Kitchen Kop


Ingredients for strawberry gouda summer salad:

  • Big bunch of 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 quart organic strawberries cleaned and sliced – strawberries are always high on the dirty dozen, right now it's number two, which is why buying organic is important.
  • 8 ounces gouda cheese cubed
  • 1 cup crispy pecans or almonds chopped

Ingredients for orange poppyseed dressing:

  • 2/3-3/4 cup freshly squeezed organic orange juice about 3 oranges
  • 1 Tablespoon grated orange zest from the 2 oranges you got the juice from
  • 5 Tablespoons olive oil and or avocado oil
  • 1-2 Tablespoons local raw honey or maple syrup click the links if you don't have a local source for those
  • 1 teaspoon poppyseeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder -- more to your taste preference
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt -- taste to see if you'd like more to your preference
  • 1/4 teaspoon 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!