Strawberry Poppyseed Salad in Gouda Bowls (Low Carb, Gluten Free)

Thanks to Beemster Cheese for sponsoring this delicious recipe. Strawberry Poppyseed Salad in Gouda Cups will make your Mother’s Day table sparkle. Plus they are low carb and gluten-free. All opinions are my own.

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Strawberry Poppyseed Salad in Gouda Cups So pretty and perfect for Mother's Day, Bridal Shower or Baby Shower

Hello my pretties! Today is all about one of my favorite topics, cheese. Cheese, glorious cheese has got to be the world’s most perfect food. When we throw a family party, the number one item on the menu is a cheese plate. While my Dad was working in Philadelphia, he would bring home different cheeses from Di Brunos. One of those cheeses was a Beemster Aged Gouda. It quickly became a favorite, and he had to stock up every time he went to Philadelphia. The Beemster was the perfect centerpiece of a cheese plate. Low and behold, Beemster Cheese contacted me about doing a recipe.  Would I like to?  I would love to.  My entire family adores Beemster cheese.  My little one was jumping up and down. She is quite the cheese connoisseur at the ripe old age of 9 years old.

So pretty and perfect for Mother's Day, Bridal Shower or Baby Shower

Have you heard of Beemster Cheese? It is from Netherlands and has a really cool history since the companies inception in 1901. Over 400 years ago, the Dutch constructed a system of dykes and canals that drained the sea water and created “polders”. It is this polder with rich grass where the cows reside. The Beemster cooperative has grown around this area as well as towns and dairy-farming. Beester is produced in the Netherlands by a small co-op of family farmers and cheesemakers. What is really cool is that the design of the towns and roads was the inspiration for the street layout of Manhattan, NY. Somewhere in the depths of my brain, I seem to remember learning about that in school.

This polder is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. I want to take a trip right now to see it. Don’t  you? I love food history. Actually I love history in general. I think you can tell when a cheese is still made the traditional way. It just tastes better.  Each wheel of Beemster is handcrafted and aged on old wooden boards. The Beemster coes are naturally healthy, given no artificial growth hormones or antibiotics.

So pretty and perfect for Mother's Day, Bridal Shower or Baby Shower

There is a huge variety of Beemster Gouda Cheese. Beester cheese ranges from firm and buttery to hard and “butterscotchy”. Some flavors even have mixes of flavors like wasabi and mustard. They even have a Lite one.  This one I was most interested in. On special occasions we splurge on good full-fat cheese, but day-to-day we try to use the 2% variety. They are usually not overly inspiring.  That changed with the Beemster cheese. Beemster Lite still has the proper “cheese texture”. It is not rubbery, but most importantly it tasted like cheese.

Next month I’ll share my Great Grandmother’s recipe for Macaroni & Cheese that I used Beemster in. It was amazing and you would never know I used Lite cheese. Today is all about these beautiful little salad cups though. I used the Beemster Classic which is aged 18 months to make the shells. Then simply filled them with a strawberry spinach salad with poppyseed dressing. These would be perfect for Mother’s Day or a Bridal shower. I love that they are mini sized.  Don’t you?

So pretty and perfect for Mother's Day, Bridal Shower or Baby Shower

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So pretty and perfect for Mother's Day, Bridal Shower or Baby Shower

Strawberry Poppyseed Salad in Gouda Bowls (Low Carb, Gluten Free)

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 91 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla


  • 1 cup shredded Beemster Classic Gouda
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded spinach
  • 1 cup strawberries half finely diced, half thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup very thinly sliced red onion


  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 tbsp honey
  • 3/4 tbsp poppyseeds
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350•. Line two baking sheets with silicone mats.
  2. Place 2 tsp. Beemster into a mound on the baking sheet. Slightly press out to make a circle. Do not make it to thin. Place a total of 12 on each baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 3 minutes.
  4. Take out of the oven and let sit for 1 minute.
  5. Then mold into a mini muffin tin.
  6. Let rest until they are very stiff.
  7. Carefully remove to a work surface.
  8. In a medium bowl, toss together spinach, strawberries and onion.
  9. Add all the ingredients for the dressing into a jar. Close tightly and shake.
  10. Pour on the dressing and toss. (You may not need all the dressing)
  11. Carefully fill each cheese cup and serve immediately

Recipe Notes

I calculated 4 Weight Watcher smart points.

Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Poppyseed Salad in Gouda Bowls (Low Carb, Gluten Free)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 91 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Sugars 2g
Protein 3g 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Happy Healthy Eating,


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So pretty and perfect for Mother's Day, Bridal Shower or Baby Shower

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  1. We are on a salad kick at the moment so loving the sound of this recipe.
  2. The Gouda bowls are such a brilliant idea. The salad looks so bright and colorful :-)
  3. I love how you make those gouda bowls.. such a beautiful presentation yet healthy salad you have.
  4. This is such a fab idea. I've seen lots of salad served in lettuce cups, but as a cheese fiend, I like your golden cups idea much more.
  5. Holy Toledo--I am in LOVE with the gouda bowls. Sheer genius!!
  6. Incredibly creative little nibbles. I can see these on the Mother's Day brunch table.
  7. This is such a creative way to use Gouda and I bet the contrast between the cheese and the sweet strawberries and the crunch of the poppy seeds is a bit of an assault on the senses (in a good way) - just up my street! Fab pics too x
  8. Oh I love Gouda, and these look so delicious! I need to try this!
  9. Cheese is one of my favorite topics too! I've never had Beemster cheese, but I must give it a try! Love the idea of this strawberry poppyseed salad in gouda bowls and love that they're gluten free! Awesome idea and they look so pretty too! :)
  10. I could live on fruit and cheese alone - maye with a little bread :) but these bowls are brilliant!! waht a fun way to eat your greens
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Thanks Heather. They turned out so cute and I love absolutely any excuse to eat Beemster cheese.
  11. I've yet to try Beemster, but I do love cheese. Need to check it out! And then give this recipe a try :)
  12. I am sad that I have not heard of Beemter Cheese. It sounds wonderfully delicious. There is no better combination than strawberries and gouda. I must try this recipe.
  13. I must try to find Beemster cheese now! It sounds delicious! These low carb bites are perfect for a special brunch or as an appetizer with some bubbly!
  14. This is such a great idea! I would totally do this for a Mother's Day brunch. :) Gouda also happens to one of my favorite cheeses.
  15. I've seen Beemster cheese, but i've never purchased it. I love Gouda and will have to give it at try! Such a cute idea with these little cups! Perfect for parties!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      You will love Beemster Renee. Give it a try. It is going to be on our Mother's Day table.
  16. such a vibrant salad...loved it


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