Spinach-Strawberry-Almond Salad


Salads have been considered as a healthy food since a long time now. And there was a time when they were healthy, yet dull and boring. But here's a strawberry salad that is colorful, tasty and nutritious. Additions of fruits, nuts and dressings can make a huge difference! Try this Spinach Strawberry and Almond salad which is tasty, with a tinge of sweetness. I had first had it in a salad buffet place called "Sweet Tomatoes", and here is my adapted recipe. I think the sweetness of strawberries goes well with the lemon-orange juice and oil dressing. The nuts and cheese take it to another level altogether!

Ingredients
1 bunch spinach leaves - rinsed
10 medium strawberries- sliced into halves
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3 tbsp slivered almonds or walnuts
1/2 onion - chopped in thin rings (optional)
1/2 cup orange juice
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tspn salt
1 tsp black pepper

1/2 cup shredded cheese (optional)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup olive oil (if not available, use veg oil)

Method
Take a small bowl and mix the vegetable and olive oil, salt, lemon juice, orange juice and pepper. Whisk well to form an even dressing.

Cut the strawberries into bite-sized pieces and add the powdered sugar to them. Set aside so they induce the sweetness.

Take a large salad bowl, add the spinach leaves and strawberries. Then add in the dressing and toss it around so the salad gets coated evenly. Add the chopped or slivered almonds/walnuts and mix again a little. Garnish with the shredded cheese. Serve as a side dish or even as a main course!!

It is not only colorful and tasty, but full of essential vitamins, iron, anti-oxidants, protein and good lipids - everything needed for a healthy heart and mind! This Spinach & Strawberry Salad is a perfect summer salad for barbecue parties or cocktail evenings!

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Mixed Green Salad with Apricots
Roasted Asparagus Salad with Garlic
Spring Salad with Cranberries and Pecans


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9 comments :

Coffee & Vanilla said...

Very interesting combination :)

Greetings from London, Margot

Anh said...

This is really interesting. I don't think I have had it before.

Jackie said...

Sounds wonderful and very nutritious as well. Summer where I live and strawberries in season so will give it a try.

Susan said...

I recently had a strawberry-strewn salad while on vacation in Maine at "The Blue Moose." It was fabulous. Thanks for the recipe. Now I can replicate it with confidence. Salads certainly HAVE evolved!

Cris said...

I just recently tried adding strawberries to greens and was thrilled! Beautiful salad!

Kevin said...

This is a great salad. I made one very similar to it a while ago.

Ilva said...

Very lovely salad, it makes me wish it was strawberry season right now! Thanks for participating!

Jenny said...

wow, this salad looks so colorful and delicious...a perfectly healthy one too with all the greens, strawberries and almonds...all nutrients covered!:)

-Jenny

elise said...

hey try this salad!

Ingredients

* 150 grams packet of baby spinach
* 125 grams cherry tomatoes halved
* 1/2 paw paw, peeled, seeded and sliced
* 1 Avocado, stone removed, peeled and sliced
* 1 red onion, thinly sliced
* 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
* Citrus Vinaigrette dressing:
* 1/4 cup orange juice
* 2 tablespoons olive oil
* 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
* 1 clove garlic, crushed
* 1 teaspoon sugar

Instructions
1. In a serving bowl combine spinach, tomatoes, pawpaw, avocado, onion and walnuts.

Citrus Vinaigrette dressing

2. CITRUS VINAIGRETTE.
In a jug, whisk all ingredients together. toss through salad just before serving.