Strawberry and Spinach Salad

10 Apr

My Mom forwarded me an email the other day that included a recipe for a salad similar to one I have made many times before. She had partaken of said salad at a faculty party and thought I might enjoy it. The dressing for the salad differs between my version and the one in the email, and I’ve combined various aspects of them into what you read below.

The result is a light salad, packed with nutrient rich spinach and healthy fat-containing olive oil. It’s slightly sweet and fruity and makes an excellent side to a warm meal with rich flavors. The dressing is really what makes the salad special, and it blends nicely with the natural flavors of the strawberries. A great summertime salad, it adds a bit of sweetness to a meal without the need for a really sugary side or dessert.

Sorry, no picture this time (food is really hard to photograph, you should try it sometime!) but I’m sure you’ll see that it sounds quite delicious!

Dressing:
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 to 1/2 cup white wine vinegar (could also use balsamic vinegar, if that’s what you have on hand)
2 tbs honey (could use 1/3 or so cup of white sugar, but honey is better on so many levels)
1 1/2 tsp poppy seeds

Salad:

1 big bag of baby spinach
3 – 4 cups of strawberries, cut into medium sized pieces

Combine dressing ingredients in a bowl. Mix well with a fork or a whisk to combine. Alternatively, throw it in a food processor or Magic Bullet if you have one.

Combine spinach and strawberries in large bowl. Pour on dressing and toss well to mix. Feel free to add slivered almonds on top for a little crunch, instead of the traditional croûtons.

In my opinion, not that I’ve tried it yet, you could substitute the strawberries for fresh tart cherries (pit them first!) or mandarin orange slices. Either of these fruits would play nice with the dressing.

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