Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

The Red White and Blue Sweet Summer Salad!

6 WWPP Posted by 7 years ago 22 Comments

Sometimes simple is simply DELICIOUS! I can’t get over how much I enjoyed this salad! Normally I’m not a cheese mixed with fruit kind of gal, I’m not sure why. The sweet fruit and the salty, creamy feta did make a great combo!

I also rarely buy salad dressing, but my attempts at recreating a sweet poppy seed dressing have all flopped. So I caved and bought this at Trader Joe’s…trader Joe's sweet poppy dressing

It’s filled with a lot of sugar, 2 tablespoon have 10g with 90 calories, 5g of fat, and no fiber, but a little goes a long way. I stuck with 1 tablespoon for this salad and it was perfect! (note: I just heard Panera’s fat Free Poppy Seed is now available in stores but I haven’t seen it.) The Red White and Blue Sweet Summer Salad!

  • 3-4 cups of fresh romaine lettuce cleaned and torn (you could just use the bagged stuff)
  • About 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • About 1/2 cup fresh strawberries cut in small chunks
  • 1 oz (28g) Crumbled Feta
  • 1 tbsp Sweet Poppy Dressing

Wash and prepare all your ingredients.

Allowing nibbles of course. Little guy must have eaten a pound of strawberries himself! He may not have liked the salad but he likes all the ingredients. ;)

Top the greens with the berries and cheese. Drizzle on the dressing and enjoy!

Here I am all sweaty from the gym eating my salad. Little guy’s first picture with my new camera. He’s getting good! Even though I look like crap. :)

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
1 Entire Recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
225 9g 8g old: 4 new: 6
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
25g 4g 32g 10g

FULL DISCLOSURE: I have partnered with ATHENOS Feta to serve as one of ATHENOS Change for the Feta Bloggers. I am compensated for my time commitment to the program, which includes blogging about my cooking experiences with ATHENOS Feta. I have also been compensated for the food purchased for my Change for the Feta creations. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments. Click here to see all my Feta Ideas!!

See other recipes using: blueberries, feta cheese, lettuce, strawberries

Leave a comment

I’d love to hear your story or thoughts on mine.

However, to prevent the massive amounts of spam I was receiving I have turned off comments on any post older than 5 days old. If you'd like to leave me a note regarding this post or anything really try me on twitter (@RoniNoone,) my Facebook page, or even IG (@RoniNoone) I'm so sorry for the inconvenience. I never thought I'd have to do this but it's gotten way out of hand and comment management has become simply too time consuming to manage.



There are 22 comments so far. Join in on the conversation.

    Krista S.

    July 3, 2010

    This is SO funny because I'm making a spinach, strawberry, & feta salad to go with dinner tonight! I'm making an easy dressing with strawberry-balsamic vinegar, olive oil, a squeeze of lemon, salt, & pepper. I'm roasting lean pork chops and carrots to go with it. Too bad I already ate all our blueberries!


    July 3, 2010

    You do not look like crap! Dare I say you look radiant? The salad looks great, too. I think I'll have to try it. I'm trying to get more produce in my life again.


    July 3, 2010

    i've been making a very similar salad. panera sells their fat free sugar free poppyseed dressing in grocery stores now. it is delicious.


    July 3, 2010

    Your salad looks so good! I love interesting-flavored dressings, but I keep 'em to a minimum. In fact, it's been several years since I've bought salad dressing...


    July 4, 2010

    So simple and festive... I love it!


    July 6, 2010

    Doh! I was so excited when the pic came into my email of your salad because I could see poppy seed dressing on it. I immediately clicked over to see how you made it and then saw the big bottle o' Trader Joe. (We don't have Trader Joe's in Southern Illinois.) Phooey. I couldn't wait to find out how to actually make the stuff from scratch. Guess I'll have to figure it out on my own, but I'm glad for the reminder that I need to! Salad looks great!


    July 6, 2010

    lol Gracie, Sorry! I'm working on one.. Just haven't perfected it yet. I hear Panera is selling theirs in stores now but I haven't seen it.


    July 6, 2010

    This is the perfect lunch on a day the temperatures are between, hot and gawd it is hot! I found Newman's Poppy Seed Dressing but the 13---------13 grams of FAT for 2 Tbsp made me return it to the shelf. Holey moley. I did find a FF Poppy dressing that Maple Grove Farms of Vermont puts out.


    July 7, 2010

    I make a salad very similar with spinach but I have been experimenting with pineapple yogurt instead of the dressing. I add poppyseeds to the yogurt if I have them, if not I just mix a little of the yogurt into the salad. I tweek it with different ingredients each time. It's not as sweet as the poppyseed which suits my family just fine.


    July 7, 2010

    What a great idea! I'm going to fiddle with a poppyseed dressing more!


    July 10, 2010

    I'm not quite sure but in the last pic, is that a tattoo in your right... err.. lady part? Anyways, I'm not a fan of fruit on salads, or cheese on salads, but I dig fruits and cheese together as dessert. Does that make sense at all?


    July 11, 2010

    I never liked fruit on salads either so I was surprised how much I liked this. And yes.. I have a few small tattoos. Considering another one for m y 35th birthday. :)


    June 29, 2012

    Saw this on the kitchn!!!


    March 19, 2013

    You may want to try mixing the poppyseed dressing with a little fat free balsamic to reduce the sugar. I tried another salad recipe that called for that and now I use the mix whenever I intend to use poppyseed dressing! Tastes great, love the salad recipe. Thanks so much!

    Ashley | C☮SMIC ♥ ACRES

    July 3, 2013

    Thanks for the inspiration! I pin'd this and shared it on my Facebook. I will definitely be making this for a pot luck pool party tomorrow!


    July 3, 2013

    If you can find Brianna's poppyseed dressing, give it a try. I think it's great but can't tell you the fat or sugar content because I need to buy a new bottle--again!


    July 4, 2013

    So glad I found this recipe . . . I'm making it for our BBQ today so thanks for sharing it!

    Pamela Goodyear

    June 19, 2014

    I had this salad today with baked salmon. I made my own honey dijon mustard and it was great. The whole lunch was phenomenal, especially the salad. Thank you!


    June 29, 2014

    How many adult side servings would you say your recipe makes? I've got an office potluck lunch on July 3rd, and this salad will be so perfect for it. I'm thinking doubling would give 8-10?


      June 30, 2014

      I ate the whole thing as a meal but if you were using it as a side I'd say 2.

    Virginia Cebell

    July 3, 2014

    I loved your recipe - so good!! I barbecued a marinated tri tip and sliced it on top, amazing and instead of feta cheese I used gorgonzola cheese. My husband can't stop telling me how great it is!! Thank you!!


    July 3, 2014

    For the potluck, I used a three-pack of hearts of romaine, 2 C ea. blueberries and strawberry chunks, 8 oz. of crumbled feta tossed with half a bottle of Brianna's poppy seed dressing. (It /is/ a holiday, after all.) This was enough food to 80% fill my big plastic salad bowl, and it looked so pretty. And it was such a success that the bowl is now MIA LOL. I think someone must have taken it away to lick it clean in privacy. Thanks, Roni!