Summer Berry Salad with Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

Out of everything we ate for my birthday dinner, I wish I could have gotten a picture of the salad before we ate.  Unfortunately (as you know), I didn't. 
OK, let's imagine again what it looked like...  A deep glass bowl.  Romaine halfway up.  One layer of assorted fruits (blueberries, mandarin oranges, sliced strawberries, and sliced pineapple).  The rest of the romaine.  Topped with the rest of the fruits.  Salad dressing served on the sides.  The colors were so beautiful and summery.  I should also mention that it was delicious - and we (8 of us) ate most of it, and there was quite a bit!!

I found this recipe from Annie's Eats.  Her blog is on my go-to list when I want to find awesome new recipes.  Really, if you just go to her post about this salad she has a lovely picture/explanation that does it much better justice than this post.  

In any case, let's just get to it.
Here's the recipe:

Summer Strawberry Salad with Creamy Poppy Seed Vinaigrette
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For the dressing:
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
¾ cup sugar
2 tbsp. minced shallot
¼ tsp. dry mustard
1 tsp. salt
6 tbsp. light mayonnaise
3 tbsp. freshly squeezed orange juice
6 tbsp. vegetable oil
1½ tsp. poppy seeds

For the salad:
Romaine lettuce, washed and dried
Strawberries, hulled and sliced
Mandarin orange segments
Fresh pineapple, cubed

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the vinegar, sugar, shallot, dry mustard, salt, mayonnaise and orange juice.  Process to blend well.  With the feed tube open and the processor on, add the vegetable oil in a steady stream and continue processing until incorporated.  Add the poppy seeds and pulse briefly just until blended.  Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use.

To make the salad, chop the lettuce into bite-size pieces.  Plate individual servings of the lettuce in salad plates.  Top each serving with strawberries, blueberries, mandarin oranges and pineapple cubes as desired.  Drizzle lightly with the poppy seed dressing and serve immediately.

I can guarantee I will be making this salad again and again this summer. :)


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