Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Spinach Salad

We have fresh spinach in our garden, so this weekend, I looked for a spinach strawberry recipe. I thought I'd find one in almost every cookbook, but not so. This was in a Habitat for Humanity cookbook:

2 pounds spinach, trimmed, torn (supposedly makes 10 servings.)
16 oz fresh strawberries, sliced
1 cucumber, sliced (I left it out)
1/2 C sliced green onions
1/2 C snipped fresh mint. (I didn't have this, so I sprinkled on some of the leaves from a mint (no black tea) tea bag.
1/2 C Poppy seed dressing. Add this and toss just before serving.

Poppy Seed dressing. I adjusted the original dressing recipe, as follows:

3/4 C olive oil (or salad oil)
1/3 C sugar
1/3 C vinegar
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp poppy seeds
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/8 tsp salt

The real revelation was when I wanted a salad the next day, but I didn't want to go to the store just for strawberries. This was really refreshing.

To a big bowl of spinach leaves, along with some leaf lettuce, I added:
1/4 - 1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1 nectarine, sliced
Some of the poppy seed dressing.


  1. Yum. That sounds wonderful. I have no spinach. Yet. Tons of strawberries though.

  2. This is the first year I've grown spinach. It's wonderful. I like strawberry spinach salad with red onions, craisons, feta cheese and raspberry vinaigrette.

  3. Joelle, I think your version is the one I was trying to find. I make my own raspberry vinaigrette, which is easier to make than spell and I posted on this blog not too long ago.


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