Onion and Poppy Seed Salad | Recipe

Have you ever eaten a dish at a dinner party and then fallen in love.  A friend of mine made this salad several years ago at a Christmas party that we both attended and it's been in the back of my mind ever since! The other day I needed a "fancy" salad for a Valentine's dinner at church and the first salad that popped into my head was this Onion and Poppy Seed Salad.  I called my friend Jamie to see if she would share the recipe and she laughed when I said, "you know that salad that you made two years ago…"  Well we pieced our memories together and figured out what recipe she used and then I made a few little tweeks of my own…

Onion & Poppy Seed Salad

2 pkgs. spinach

1 head of lettuce

3/4 lb. Swiss cheese

2 cups of cottage cheese

1/2 lb. of crumbled bacon

3/4 lb. of fresh sliced mushrooms

1 lb. of fresh sliced strawberries

1 small sliced red onion

12 oz. of poppy seed dressing {my favorite is Brianna's Poppy Seed Dressing}

24 hours before you make your salad thinly slice the onion and place in a jar with the entire bottle of poppy seed dressing to marinate. Return to fridge until ready to dress the salad.

Cook bacon according to package directions and then set aside to cool.  Once cool crumble and set aside.

Slice lettuce and wash along with spinach. Spin dry in a Salad Spinner and place in the fridge to crisp back up. In a large bowl combine Swiss cheese {you can either shred or cube the cheese}, cottage cheese, crumbled bacon, cleaned and sliced mushrooms, cleaned and sliced strawberries and the jar of onions and poppy seed dressing. Stir to combine. Add the lettuce and spinach, toss and serve.

Salad should serve 8-10

 

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