As summer winds down, it’s time to make the most of the produce that is still available. For many of us, that includes strawberries and spinach.
Spinach and Strawberry Salad pairs strawberries and spinach to create a simple, tasty and refreshing side dish. It can be made into a main dish salad by adding a few strips of grilled chicken.
If you’ve never tried strawberries and spinach together, you might be surprised by how well they complement one another. Besides this salad, I like to use strawberries and spinach together in my green smoothies. The strawberries are an excellent way to hide the green flavor of spinach. In fact, they work so well you might not know there are any green leaves in the smoothie at all (except that it looks green!).
Back to the salad . . .
Poppy seeds make this salad visually interesting and provide an extra dose of minerals.
The spinach is nutrient-dense and gives us a healthy boost of vitamin K, carotenes, vitamin C, iron, folic acid, and B vitamins.
Strawberries add a delightfully sweet taste while providing vitamin C and K, dietary fiber, and flavonoids (which help fight inflammation, cancer, and heart disease).
Almonds add a little protein and fat as well as a nice crunch.
Spinach and Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
1 bunch fresh spinach leaves
1 pint strawberries
1/4 cup sliced almonds
3 tablespoons crumbled Feta cheese, optional
1/4 cup honey
1/2 tablespoon poppy seeds
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1/4 cup sunflower or olive oil
1/8 cup red wine vinegar
1/8 teaspoon paprika
Wash strawberries and slice into quarters. Set aside.
Wash spinach and spin in a salad spinner to dry off the leaves (wet leaves don’t hold onto dressing very well).
Decide of you will make the salad in one large bowl or on individual plates. Either way, the spinach leaves go in first.
Lay spinach leaves on plate or bowl.
Place strawberries evenly over the spinach leaves.
Sprinkle sliced almonds and Feta cheese over the stop.
Place all dressing ingredients in a jar, cover tightly with a lid and shake jar vigorously, until dressing is well blended and has a somewhat creamy consistency. The dressing can also be made in a blender, just add all the ingredients and blend.
Drizzle dressing over salad.
Try toasting the nuts briefly in a skillet before making the salad (give them time to cool off). It will add a nice extra crunch and a stronger nutty flavor.
Have you ever tried strawberries and spinach together?
Stacy is a preacher’s wife and homeschool mom. She loves creating her own natural skin care and herbal remedies and is pretty much obsessed with all things DIY. Stacy is intent on creating a happy, healthy home and strives to encourage other moms through her blog, A Delightful Home.