Weekend Brunch: Strawberry Cobb Salad Recipe with Creamy Poppyseed Dressing

Today’s easy weekend brunch menu consists of this Creamy Poppyseed Dressing with a Strawberry Cobb Salad Recipe, crunchy bread, and a light crisp for dessert.

Strawberry Cobb Salad Recipe with Creamy Poppyseed Dressing

It’s fun to have friends over for a weekend brunch, but no one wants to wake up bright and early to actually pull it off. Planning a light brunch during the summer season is a refreshing way to host friends. It’s all about planning a light menu, with a delicious spread of fresh-from-the-garden dishes, and enjoying the guests. Right?

Easy menu.

My easy menu consisted of this Creamy Poppyseed Dressing with Strawberry Cobb Salad, crunchy bread, and a light crisp for dessert.

Strawberry Cobb Salad Recipe with Creamy Poppyseed Dressing

The night before.

I chopped up the salad ingredients and hard cooked the eggs, and set the table, so I’d be able to enjoy my Sunday morning and not feel rushed. I also made the Creamy Poppyseed Dressing and popped it in the fridge to chill overnight.

Strawberry Cobb Salad Recipe with Creamy Poppyseed Dressing

The morning of.

I whipped up the dessert and set it off to the side until the guests arrived, and then popped it into the oven so we could serve it warm for dessert. I also prepared a fruit platter, cutting up season’s freshest fruit, and laid it on a serving platter. I arranged the salad ingredients onto a large serving platter and made fresh poppyseed dressing one hour before the guests arrived. Bread was warmed, butter set out, and we served a summery Sparkling Grape Cocktail, using sparkling wine with white grape juice. We mixed the drinks in a pitcher right before the guests arrived, freezing half of the grapes to use as mini ice cubes!

Brunches are easy.

Brunches are just plain ol’ simple. No one should be afraid to make a mess at the table, or be afraid to get up for seconds. With a midday brunch, there’s really no timeframe for when to wrap up the party.

There’s no excuse to head home to bed, only to stay and mingle, and to enjoy the day.

It’s just a relaxed, easy day!

Strawberry Cobb Salad Recipe with Creamy Poppyseed Dressing

Oh, and always fun with Etta James!

What’s your favorite thing about hosting a weekend brunch?

Strawberry Cobb Salad Recipe with Creamy Poppyseed Dressing

Strawberry Cobb Salad Recipe with Creamy Poppyseed Dressing

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Add bacon for a "true" cobb salad. Follow this technique for the perfect, peelable hard cooked egg.


  • Fresh baby spinach
  • Strawberries, sliced
  • Hard cooked eggs, chopped
  • Avocado, sliced
  • Fresh basil, finely chopped
  • Carrots, finely chopped
  • Red onion, finely chopped
  • Rotisserie chicken, chopped
  • Cucumber, chopped
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds


  1. For the salad, place the spinach on a large platter. Top with all the chopped ingredients, which include strawberries, hard cooked eggs, avocado, basil, carrots, onion, chicken, and cucumber.
  2. For the dressing, combine the sugar, vinegar, olive oil, yogurt, and poppy seeds together in a jar. Mix very well until combined and smooth. Place in a small dish.
  3. Serve the dressing alongside the salad for a buffet meal. Serve with crunchy bread.

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  1. What a gorgeous summer cob salad!

  2. The poppyseed dressing is so simple! I’m going to make it up tonight! Thanks Sandy.

  3. Can’t wait to try this Creamy Poppyseed Dressing!! and love Etta James! Perfection right here!

  4. I love everything about this!

  5. I adore poppy seed dressing, and this looks like the ideal salad for it.

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