Spinach Peach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

I love baby spinach salads. If you’ve read many of my salad posts, you probably noticed that I love adding fruit to green salads. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, apples, pears, and citrus have all been added to different salads. I ususally use baby greens for most of these.

Today’s wonderful refreshing summer salad, Spinach Peach Salad, is easy to make and combined with poppy seed dressing is irresistible. I start with baby spinach, add fresh peach slices, sprinkle pecans, and drizzle a homemade poppy seed dressing. It’s also great to take to a pot luck, but you should wait to drizzle the dressing just before serving. Poppy Seed Dressing is great on all green and fruit salads.

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Spinach Peach Salad

This baby spinach and fresh peach salad is a perfect, refreshing summer salad.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword salad, spinach peach salad, spinach salad
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup pecans
  • 4 cups baby spinach, rinsed and dried
  • 2 ripe peaches
  • 1/4 cup poppyseed salad dressing

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Arrange pecans on a single layer on a cookie sheet
  • Roast in oven until they just begin to darken, about 5 to 7 minutes
  • Remove from oven and set aside
  • Peel peaches (if desired) and slice into bite-sized segments
  • Combine peaches, spinach, and pecans in a large bowl.
  • Toss with dressing until evenly coated

I prefer homemade salad dressings as they containers zero chemicals or preservatives. This Poppy Seed Dressing is delicious and really costs so much less that grocery store dressings. It can be refrigerated in a glass jar with tight lid for up to 1 week. Adjust sweetness or tang per personal taste. You can use most vinegars to make the dressing from white vinegar to wine vinegars. For a great wake up dressing, try using lemon juice for Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing. I use dry mustard as it helps emulsify the dressing.

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Poppy Seed Dressing

Poppy Seed Dressing is tangy and sweet and is perfect on summer green salads and fruit salads. It only takes 5 minutes to make.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword poppy seed dressing, salad dressing
Servings 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp raw honey or coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp dry mustard
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a mason jar shake until well combined
  • Optional place all ingredients except poppy seeds in blender and blend
  • Optional add poppy seeds and pulse blender twice
  • Store in refrigerator in glass jar with tight-fitting lid
  • To use stored dressing, remove from refrigerator and place on counter for 10 minutes
  • Shake jar and serve

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Carol

I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

21 thoughts to “Spinach Peach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing”

  1. I would never have thought of combining spinach with peaches but it sounds delicious and healthy. I need some now…pecans too, for the crunch…yum.

  2. This sounds delicious! I love adding a bit of fruit to my green salads too… and even my pasta salads.

  3. I’ve never tried a combination like this! Sounds interesting. I just love fresh peaches. Thanks for sharing this post with us at the Will Blog for Comments #41 linkup. We hope to see you again next time at #42, too. Happy weekend!

  4. I really love adding peaches to my salads, they are so refreshing in the warmer weather. 🙂

    1. Thanks for dropping in. I tried to visit your blog but couldn’t find it. Have a great week!

  5. That is quite the combination. It looks perfect for summer. We just picked up some fresh peaches from our local farmer’s market on Saturday. They are sweet and delicious. I may try this salad with a couple of them. Thanks for sharing at #aclwcc.

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