Let’s be real: Our day-to-day lives are extremely busy. My goal is to share healthy, nutritious, simple and quick recipes that can make our lives a little more manageable.

Creating a simple salad with seasonal ingredients topped with a rich and flavorful dressing is just one way to keep satisfied and feeling good.

Making homemade dressings avoids the processed, sugar-laden, store-bought versions and allows you to experiment with different flavors and textures that can make an average salad amazing.

This Strawberry Fig Salad provides a nutrient-dense meal that includes a serving of fruit and a dose of calcium and protein. The Creamy Balsamic Poppy Seed Dressing is the star of this recipe. Made with plain yogurt (I like siggi's), the dressing is decadently creamy, yet healthy.

Serves 2

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Creamy Balsamic Poppy Seed Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 container (150g) siggi’s 0% milkfat plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds

Strawberry Fig Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups arugula
  • 4 strawberries, sliced
  • 4 figs, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon goat cheese
  • 1 tablespoon sliced almonds, toasted

Preparation

In a skillet over medium heat, toast the sliced almonds for approximately 2-3 minutes. Shake the pan frequently to make sure they don’t burn. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

Divide arugula into two bowls. Top with strawberries, figs and goat cheese. Sprinkle with toasted almonds and drizzle with creamy balsamic poppy seed dressing.

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