Summer Peachberry Salad with Creamy Yogurt Poppyseed Dressing

by Heather on June 25, 2012

I think it’s probably a marketing rule that if you add the word “berry” to the end of anything it’s an automatic hit.


Which, you know, is why I decided to call this a peachberry salad.  I figure we all need more salad in our lives, and I’m not above employing marketing tricks to get that to happen.  Plus the dressing makes it feel totally naughty when it’s really just a nice, healthy colorful salad.  Tricks, y’all.  I’m not above them!

You guys, I know I’ve harped on this for pretty much this entire summer, but homemade salad dressing will ROCK YOUR WORLD.  You think you like that bottled stuff?  You think it’s good?


YOU DON’T KNOW GOOD.  (WHOA – apparently I’m getting a little dramatic.  Sorry).


OK, so maybe you DO know good, but I promise once you get the hang of making your own dressings you’ll never go back.  I’m totally that person at the grocery store who snubs the dressing aisle these days.  Now I’m not saying I won’t eat it at all.  Nope, I like food in general too much.  But if I can do anything these days it’s make a mean salad dressing that makes me – a former salad hater – crave the stuff.


For the salad:

  • 3 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 2 fresh peaches, pitted and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 pint strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup slivered blanched almonds
  • 1 avocado, pitted and cut into bite-size pieces

For the creamy yogurt poppyseed dressing:

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp mustard
  • 2 tsp poppy seeds
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the salad, toss together the Romaine and baby spinach.  Top with the peaches, strawberries, carrots, almonds, and chopped avocado.  For the dressing, whisk together the yogurt, vinegar, honey, mayonnaise, mustard and poppyseeds; salt and pepper to taste.  To serve you can either portion out the salad and have everyone serve the dressing themselves, OR if there aren’t any picky salad dressing eaters just toss the salad and the dressing together!

May your summer be filled with swimming, sun, smiles and homemade salad dressing.  The good stuff!

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective June 25, 2012

Mmmm, perfect for summer. Adding to my 4th of July menu!


2 shuhan June 25, 2012

I really love all the colours in this, it just screams summer, and the veggies and fruits are just naturally bursting with vibrance. lol about the berry word trick, I must say it got me over. I agree about the salad dressing, I NEVER ever buy salad dressings anymore, not only do they not taste as good, they’re often loaded with additives. lovely to have stumbled upon your blog, lovely photos x


3 Anna @ On Anna's Plate June 25, 2012

Bottled poppyseed dressings GROSS me out, so I need to go the homemade route if I’m going to eat it! This looks tasty– unlike the bottled versions!!


4 Salah (BEAT) June 25, 2012

This sounds so wonderful and perfect for the summer!!! YUM!


5 Lauren | Sweet Splendor June 25, 2012

The yogurt poppyseed dressing sounds really good! I have to try this soon!


6 janetha [meals & moves] June 25, 2012

i LOVE poppyseed dressing!


7 cindy June 25, 2012

I’m a big believer in homemade dressings, too, but I’m also no snob either! I’ve never made a poppyseed one, definitely going to have to pin this! How could you resist a salad that’s so pretty!


8 Feast on the Cheap June 25, 2012

The peaches have been SO good so far this season. I’ve been tossing them in all my salads too!


9 Liz @ Tip Top Shape June 25, 2012

This looks absolutely delightful!


10 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet June 25, 2012

I think any salad should have berries. They make everything instantly better! Love the dressing!


11 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen June 25, 2012

Ooo, that poppy seed dressing looks so creamy and delicious!


12 Julia {The Roasted Root} June 25, 2012

This looks like such a great salad! And I love the dressing – it sounds very flavorful and seems like it would go well on pretty much any type of salad! I love dressings like this! Will make it in a massive volume to last me for my salads the next month or so!


13 Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen June 25, 2012

Yummmm…I love a good salad at this time of year. It’s so hot here in DC that it’s all I want to eat!


14 Jeanette June 29, 2012

What a gorgeous salad and love how the dressing was lightened up using Greek yogurt.


15 Jessica @ How Sweet July 2, 2012

i think i’m making this for the 4th!! love it!


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