Autumn Chopped Salad with Balsamic Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

This recipe is wildly popular on Pinterest. (I’ve yet to create an account on there yet. But I do search through “pins” occasionally. Usually looking at food.) And when I saw it, like everyone else, I thought it looked amazing. Pears, bacon, pecans. Yes, please. But I was a bit disappointed to to find it called for bottled dressings (two actually- balsamic and poppyseed- mixed together). Since vinaigrettes are so simple, I decided to make my own. I whisked white balsamic vinegar (regular balsamic can be used- it will alter the color but still taste great) with a dab of Dijon, a spoonful of honey, and a drizzle of grapeseed (or use another neutral-flavored) oil. Sweet and tangy and light. Salad perfection.

Autumn Chopped Salad with Balsamic Poppy Seed Vinaigrette


Autumn Chopped Salad:
romaine lettuce, chopped
pear, cored and diced
sweetened dried cranberries
bacon, cooked and crumbled
red onion, diced (optional)
feta, crumbled

White Balsamic Poppy Seed Vinaigrette:
2 Tbsp. white (or regular) balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp. honey
1 tsp. poppy seeds
1/4 cup grapeseed or canola oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


1. To make the vinaigrette, whisk to combine vinegar, mustard, honey, and poppy seeds in a small bowl. While whisking constantly, add the oil in a steady stream. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

2. To assemble the salad, combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Toss with vinaigrette and serve.

Vinaigrette serves 4.

(Adapted from Espresso and Cream)

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4 Responses to Autumn Chopped Salad with Balsamic Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

  1. tanya October 22, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

    luv it

  2. Tailor Talbot October 22, 2012 at 11:32 pm #

    Yum! I can’t wait to try this!

  3. Eileen October 23, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

    Two bottled dressings?? I definitely approve of the homemade version! Pears and pecans sound like a perfect fall salad combination.


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