‘Tis the season of salads! Sharing a quick and easy recipe that I came up with just this afternoon for lunch.
I was craving something fruity, found a pear in the fridge (which must have been sitting there since who knows when), and thought that a poppyseed dressing would go great with the pear along with some toasted pecans.
I realize after I made this that this salad has more of an autumn flair, but you can definitely switch up the fruit and use strawberries or even peaches for a more seasonal salad. By the way, peaches and poppyseed dressing go amazing together.
Speaking of combinations, pears + pecans are great, but the star is definitely this poppyseed dressing. It’s creamy and rich without using any added fat and is 100% vegan, which, in my opinion, is great because I try not to mix dairy with green vegetables together.
Although I limit my dairy consumption for environmental and animal reasons, I am not 100% dairy-free. However, I try to avoid eating dairy together with vegetables because research has found that dairy blocks the body’s absorption of vegetable nutrients. It’s not a big deal (I’m not super adamant on avoiding dairy + vegetable), but just trying to share some nutrition tidbits.
Nutrition aside, I also like this dressing just for the little tidbits of poppy seeds in there for that teeny bit of crunch.
Also, did you know poppy seeds are a type of opioid and if you eat enough of it you can get high? Just wanted to point out that I NEVER TRIED THIS before, but now you know. Point is, you might want to go easy on the poppy seeds…
Anyways, enough factoids. On to the dressing itself! All you need for the dressing is really: organic soy yogurt, honey, poppy seeds, salt and pepper to taste. Click below for the full recipe of this salad.
Pear & Pecan Salad with Creamy Poppyseed Dressing (vegan)
For the dressing
1/2 cup plain soy yogurt (or regular plain yogurt)*
1-2 tbsp poppy seeds
1-2 tsp organic honey (to taste)
salt + pepper
Optional: rice vinegar**
*I like Nancy’s Organic brand for the soy yogurt. If you don’t use soy yogurt, you can definitely use regular ol’ plain yogurt. I am not dairy-free, but I try to reduce my dairy consumption when possible because the dairy industry is not the best for the environment.
**I did not use the rice vinegar because soy yogurt is runnier than regular dairy yogurt
Mix the above ingredients well.
For the salad
8 heaping cups of baby green mix
1-3 tsp extra virgin olive (to taste)
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
salt + pepper
1 fresh pear, sliced
I just mixed all the ingredients together above. I also set some pear slices and pecans aside to garnish on top. Then I just topped it with the dressing! Simple!
Hope y’all enjoy! By the way, for those on Instagram and Facebook, feel free to follow my new food Instagram @tangykitchen and “Like” my food Facebook page: Facebook.com/TheTangyKitchen! 😉 Thanks so much y’all! ❤ ❤