STRAWBERRY SPINACH SALAD
one bag/package organic baby spinach, washed
a few leaves regular spinach, or however much you prefer
1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
1/2 cup walnuts
about 1/4 or 1/2 a good sized onion, wedged or sliced
a spoonful or so white sugar
Place onions and walnuts in small pan over medium heat; sprinkle with sugar, stir occasionally (we're not truly caramelizing them, just giving a little added flavor).
Prepare remaining fresh ingredients; place in bowl.
When onions have softened and begun to turn color, remove from heat and set aside, sprinkle atop salad. Mix gently.
I played around with a homemade vinaigrette dressing until it wasn't, well, too much. Flavor is one thing, but when I have to mentally prepare myself for the next bite, then I just assume it's a tad too strong for my taste. Also, since the liquids should have some time to blend together, you may want to make the vinaigrette first.
BALSAMIC HONEY DIJON VINAIGRETTE
1/4 cup virgin olive oil (canola oil is okay)
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1-2 tsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp honey
1-2 tsp Dijon mustard (NOT spicy brown mustard)
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp or so sugar, only if needed
I'm the queen of a sprinkle of this, a dash of that, but I tried to keep track of the measurements as best as I could. Pinky swear! Obviously, this is a total taste thing, so add or take away as you see fit. Drizzle over salad and toss gently. Enjoy!
Note: I thought this would taste really disgusting the next day, however, I pulled up my big girl pants and made myself try it...and it was delicious! I did not love the texture, since it had gotten a bit soggy, but it was still really good! I think some grilled chicken sliced on top would've made up for the sogginess and tasted fantastic!