Monday, June 7, 2010

Spinach & Strawberry Salad

Many of you have probably had this a time or two, but if you are like me, you "forget" about good recipes sometimes. This is one of my favorite salads ever. There are so many variations on this out there including some that add mandarin oranges or kiwi, and balsamic vinegar. I like it just as is- simple & quick, with perfectly balanced flavor. Plus it is packed with nutrients! I know the spinach might turn some people away but don't knock it 'til you try it!

What You Need:
1 bag washed spinach
1 pound strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 bottle of poppyseed dressing (I am a fan of Brianna's brand)

OR, you can always make your own dressing. There is a recipe and directions listed for one of many dressing ideas below.

Salad Directions:
Combine spinach, strawberries and almonds. Add dressing to taste when ready to serve. Best served same day.

Dressing if making:

1/2 cup sugar
1 cup oil
1/3 cup raspberry wine vinegar
1 tsp dry mustard
1 1/2 tbsp poppyseeds

Directions for dressing:
Blend the sugar, oil, raspberry wine vinegar, and dry mustard in a blender or food processor for 2 minutes. Stir in the poppyseeds. Pour into a bowl, cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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