11 September 2006

Strawberry Spinach Salad

I tried this for the first time at a friends wedding. I was slightly nervous mixing fresh, sweet strawberries with spinach and dressing, but I was pleasantly surprised by how well it worked together. What is even better is when I made this for the first time at home - my once McDonald's and Whataburger fiance, who was skeptical as well, tried it and enjoyed it as well. I kept finding him sneaking pieces of strawberries and spinach out of the bowl! I've learned that as my cooking skills increase and I try a larger variety of dishes, my fiance is also getting a better variety of food and is learning to appreciate a healthier and more flavorful menu. As we prepare for the wedding and beginning of our life together, there is a quiet understanding between us that before we even think about little ones, we need to clean up our eating habits - at it seems we are well on our way! So, without further hesitation, here's the breakdown.


2 T Sesame Seeds
1 T Poppy Seeds
2 T Sugar
1/2 C Olive Oil
1/4 C Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 tsp Paprika
1/4 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 T Minced Red Onion

Combine all ingredients in a dressing cruet and shake vigorously. Chill dressing for at least 30 minutes.


10 oz Fresh Spinach
1 qt Fresh Strawberries, sliced (an egg slicer works wonders!)
1/4 C Sliced Almonds (I use the toffee ones, other nuts will also work)
1/4 C Feta (or goat cheese)

Combine salad ingredients in a large bowl, top with dressing and coat evenly.

**Note: This recipe produces EXTRA dressing, you can easily double to spinach salad and still have enough.