Garden Salad with Strawberry Cider Dressing

There is no fancy ingredients to this salad but  making your own dressing is easy and really makes a simple salad impressive. All the fresh ingredients in this post are locally grown in Nova Scotia and the majority of them I got from the many vendors at the Seaport Farmers Market. The dressing isn’t vegan however if you substitute maple syrup in place of the honey it can be easily changed. As far as the salad goes it’s really your tastes. I just hope this shows how easy dressing is to make and how you can omit the salt from a common ‘dieters’ food. This makes one hearty salad or two smaller sized, side salads.

Garden Salad with Strawberry Cider Dressing


  • 2-3 cups of washed lettuce, I used local Romaine
  • thinly sliced cucumber, green pepper and red onion
  • yellow plums and tomatoes, diced
Strawberry Cider Dressing
  • 1 tbs honey (or maple syrup to veganize it)
  • 1 tsp olive or grape seed oil
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 strawberries minced (and eventually mashed with a fork)
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds
  • red pepper seeds, salt and pepper to taste
Prepare all the ingredients of the salad and set aside. For the dressing wash and chop the strawberries and add to a small-medium bowl. Add the remaining dressing ingredients and with a fork mash the strawberries to release it’s juices and bring together the mixture. When ready to serve pour the dressing over salad greens and serve.

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