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Strawberry Spinach Salad #ImprovChallenge

Summer is such a good time for salads. The vegetables are fresh picked and the fruits are the sweetest and juiciest. The combinations for this salad are endless.  We often substitute the strawberries for whatever fruit is readily available at the farmer's market.  Peaches, blueberries, watermelon and cantaloupe have all been used to replace the strawberries with a delicious result!

strawberry spinach salad

The vinaigrette dressing is one that I have used since learning about Vom Fass here in St. Louis.  We head to the shop a few times a year to stock up on our favorite balsamic vinegars.  The recipe is ultimately the same, but substituting flavored vinegars gives the dressing a fresh, new taste each time!

strawberry spinach salad

Basic Balsamic Vinaigrette

4 T very good olive oil
2 T balsamic vinegar
2 T fresh herbs, finely chopped

Whisk the oil and vinegar together until emulsified.  Stir in the chopped herbs.  I like to use what we grow in our garden, usually thyme, mint or basil.

Strawberry Spinach Pecan Salad

4 c spinach leaves, stemmed
1 c sliced strawberries, stems removed
1/2 c sunflower seeds (walnuts, pecans, croutons)
1/2 c sliced cucumber

Toss ingredients together in a bowl.  Separate onto four salad plates, making sure all the ingredients are equally distributed.  Drizzle on salad dressing.  There will be left over salad dressing.

strawberry spinach salad

If you would like to serve this as a full meal, divide the salad between two plates and topped with lime grilled shrimp or grilled lime chicken.  Both are fantastic on this salad.

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