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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Strawberry Spinach Salad// Balsamic Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

Strawberry Spinach Salad just feels like summertime. It's especially great when you've overdone it all week with burgers and potato salads and cupcakes and and ice cream... so and fresh and tangy! And not a gazillion calories!

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.

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!

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The Alchemist said...

This salad looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

mel @ the larson lingo said...

This looks so yummy! I make a strawberry spinach salad with poppy seed dressing, but I need to try your version with your dressing! Yum! Thanks for linking up, Bethany!

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