Thursday, February 20, 2014

Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing- Crazy Ingredient Challenge

For this month's challenge, we were assigned Strawberries and Mustard. Meh, right?? When I think strawberries, I think of something sweet, maybe some whipped cream or chocolate. So I was naturally inclined to go with a dessert recipe. But, I could not figure out how to get mustard into a dessert recipe, without it tasting horrible, LOL. Which meant I had to think of a savory alternative, for these two ingredients. Let's just say I had been putting the challenge on the back burner, because I couldn't think of anything to make. Then the day before Valentine's day, I got an idea. Do you think I could find any strawberries, the day before Valentine's day? Nope, not at the three stores near our house. I must have sounded crazy, standing in the produce section exclaiming to myself, "who the heck runs out of strawberries right before Valentine's day?!?". Yup, I love talking to myself when I'm frustrated.... strangers don't seem to appreciate it though, LOL.

Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing- www.hunwhatsfordinner.com

I FINALLY found some strawberries on Tuesday! I was so excited, until I picked up a package to inspect them. Moldy berries everywhere! I must have checked a dozen containers before finding a container that was mostly to my satisfaction. I waited for the perfect time to create. Both kids had school on Wednesday, so I came home and went into the kitchen, to work on my dressing idea. I must say, this is an amazing dressing! It's sweet and tart, smooth and creamy, and it looks so pretty! I decided to serve it on a spinach salad, with additional fresh strawberries, feta cheese and pistachios. A-MA-ZING!

Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing

5 large strawberries, huled (about 1/2 C)
zest and juice of one clementine
2-3 Tbs honey (depending on how sweet your berries are)
1 Tbs honey Dijon mustard
generous pinch of coarse sea salt
fresh ground pepper
1/4- 1/3 C olive oil
1 1/2 tsp poppy seeds

Place berries in a food processor, with the clementine juice and zest, honey, honey Dijon mustard, salt and pepper. Process until smooth. With blades going, slowly stream in the olive oil, until dressing loosens enough to be pourable and is silky smooth. Remove blade from processor bowl and stir in the poppy seeds. Pour into a mason jar and refrigerate until ready to use. Will keep up to 7 days in the fridge.

Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing- www.hunwhatsfordinner.com

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Jennifer Ferris said...

I love this! Saving it for my next salad!

Kelster said...

I already know that this is delicious! Love it!

Bernadette said...

That looks great Cindy! My first thought was to make a dressing but I went another route knowing someone else would :)

Lori Hart said...

The perfect summer salad dressing! Can't wait to try this

Meredith S said...

Looks amazing! Can't wait to give it a try. :)

Sarah Reynolds said...

I am going to make this salad dressing this weekend. I sounds amazing and I even have some strawberries in my fridge right now. :)

Heather {Woods of Bell Trees} said...

Oh my goodness this sounds soo yummy!

Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) said...

I think poppyseed dressing is just the best and love this Strawberry version. Just wanted to pop in and say hello and welcome to SRC Group B. Look forward to cooking with you.

Cindy Jamieson said...

I hope you enjoy it Sarah!

Thanks so much Lea Ann. I look forward to cooking with you too :o)

Rachel Cotterill said...

I really wanted to join in with this month's crazy ingredients - and then I got sick so I didn't quite make it in time. I think I'll still make the salad I was planning, though!

I'm one of the other 'newbies' in SRC group B, nice to meet you!

Deb@CookingOnTheFrontBurner said...

Stopping by to say Hi! as part of the SRC group!