This salad is my fella’s absolute favorite and the man likes his food so I know this must be a hit if he requests it. I love to see fruit in regular salads, it always makes for the most refreshing flavor combos. It’s pretty straight forward and amazingly simple to make yet tastes mouth-wateringly good. It only has a few ingredients which I always prefer because it seems like when it comes to salad less is always more. I’d definitely recommend it as a great Springtime side dish because it has a nice fresh light taste and would go great at Easter dinner or a Sunday brunch with friends. And on a side note, if you’re one of those crazy people who don’t like onion you could leave it out and just the have feta and strawberries …I personally think I could probably eat an onion like it was an apple.
To make it is so easy peasy it doesn’t even feel like work (unless you’re prone to crying when you cut onions that is). See the end of this post for the recipe in full. For produce ingredients you will need a handful of well washed spinach, fresh strawberries and red onion. I make our meals in small batches since I am only feeding two people but you can make this in a serving size to your liking.
Slice up your strawberries and onion and then bring on the delicious feta cheese (goat cheese would also be marvelous here). You can either make your own dressing -which I frequently do- or use some handy premade balsamic vinaigrette dressing like I’ve done here. I happened to have some that day and I always say use up what you have on hand first. Waste not, want not right? If you would rather make your own I would suggest a red wine vinegar dressing to bring out the red onion flavor or also a raspberry dressing would be scrumptious. Have fun with it and experiment to find your favorite pairing.
Throw your colorful ingredients in a bowl and take a second to enjoy how purdy ‘healthy living’ can be. The bitterness of the spinach is so tasty when mixed with the sweetness of the strawberries and the red onion and feta are the icing on this salad cupcake.
Toss it in your dressing and have at her, you will not be disappointed. If you want to add some extra protein to this salad throw some chopped walnuts in with the mix, I would have myself but I didn’t have any in the house.
Strawberry Spinach Salad
3 cups well washed spinach
6 well washed strawberries
1/4 red onion
1/2 crumbled feta
2 tbsp balsamic vinaigrette
1/4 chopped walnuts (optional)
Dice red onion and slice up the strawberries. Mix spinach, onion, strawberries walnuts (if using) and feta in a bowl and drizzle with dressing.
Should be eaten right away or if making in advance leave dressing off until just before serving.
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