Berry Poppy Seed Salad with Greens, Mangoes, Coconut, and Almonds

My little kindergartener is majorly crushing on some girls at school.  For the last week or two, he has spent the evenings with paper and pen writing love notes to all of his girlfriends.  His love notes are envelopes with a carefully penned “I love you.”

I thought the joy of writing love letters was unsurpassable.
I was wrong.
Dead wrong.
Receiving a love letter from a very cute girl was beyond exciting. The letter is adorable with a picture of the two of them holding hands.  He carefully hung it on his magnet board by his bed so that he can look at it as he falls asleep at night.

And while my kindergartener has been crushing on girls, I have been crushing on this amazingly berry good salad.  Spinach, romaine, mangoes, strawberries, un-sweetened dried blueberries, unsweetened coconut flakes, and a handful of crushed raw almonds topped with a Berry Poppy Seed Vinaigrette – is amazing.  My husband loves this salad with a little feta cheese and an organic grilled chicken tender marinated in a healthy Italian dressing.  Either way, I love this salad.

 

Berry Poppy Seed Vinaigrette
adapted from Our Best Bites

1/2 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 cup raw organic honey
1-2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
About 10 cracks of freshly ground black pepper
1 cup fresh raspberries, blackberries, or strawberries
2/3 cup olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds

In a blender or Vitamix, combine the vinegar, honey, garlic, onion, salt, pepper, berries, and oil.  Blend until smooth.  Transfer dressing into a mason jar or dressing container and add poppy seeds.  Shake and serve.

Store dressing in the refrigerator.

 

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