We are now entering salad season for me – when my body starts to actually crave fresh fruits and veggies, something on the crisper side of life. But no sad, wimpy salads please… I will only accept dishes with loads of flavor and yummy goodness packed in. Back when we were on our honeymoon in Arizona in 2016, I came across a salad that I am STILL thinking about! It was a smokey chicken and strawberry salad. There was a marriage of flavors that were savory, sweet, smokey, spicy and probably some other flavors I don’t think there are words for. When we got home, I attempted to recreate this mythical salad for myself.
The salad was made up of spinach, strawberries, bleu cheese crumbles, bacon, roast corn, red onions and…. drum roll please……. chipotle poppyseed dressing. This dressing is what tied it all together. I know it seems like a strange combination. Trust me, I hesitated in ordering it originally, but sooooo glad I did! I would have really missed out. To make this dressing, I hopped on Pinterest to try and find a recipe… but found nothing. Instead, I decided to try a standard poppy seed dressing recipe and just add chipotles. I didn’t expect this first attempt to be spot on yet, but to my surprise it was pretty much perfect! Other than the fact I used two chipotles and it was a tad too spicy for my weak sauce taste buds. But that was fixed easily with my next batch.
I can easily say this is one of my favorite dressings to make. They are so much easier to make than most people realize I think. I understand the ease of buying a bottle of pre-made dressing, and honestly never even realized these were things I could make until I was in my twenties. Most dressings’ base ingredients don’t require much more than what a typical kitchen has in stock. It just requires a little planning to make sure you have the one or two additional things you need. I typically make a weekly meal plan, and will make the dressing over the weekend or on an evening I have some extra time for clean up. Then during the week, I can simply throw all the ingredients together for the salad and eat! As you’ll see in the recipe, it doesn’t take that long to actually make the dressing. I only pre-make it so I can be a lazy chef during the week. My mind copes better with cleaning when I have time and can handle a lot all at once, rather than have to clean the same couple things every night.
Anywho, I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do and can start to see the way to a “from-scratch-dressing” life style like us. It seems daunting at first, but it’s so much better than store bought!
*All the photos here are from my former life as a short lived food blogger, and shot at our old School House.
Chipotle Poppyseed Dressing
- 1/2 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
- 1/4 cup Water
- 1 tablespoon Maple Syrup or Raw Honey
- 1 tablespoon Poppy Seeds
- 1 teaspoon White Vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
- 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- Ground Black Pepper to taste
- 1 Chipotle Chile Pepper in Adobo
Add all ingredients to a food processor.
Run the food processor until smooth.
Last modified: April 30, 2018