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Strawberry Spinach Salad

March 10, 2014Danita

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Nothing says “Spring” like Strawberry Spinach Salad 

I know it’s not “officially” spring yet, and some of you are still covered with snow and getting more, so warmer weather may seem a LONG way off.  We’ve had a “hard” winter here in Texas, too…but since it’s been nothing compared to many other places, I’m not going to complain.  Just as I look forward to that first pot of Big Red Soup in the fall, I can’t wait for Strawberry Spinach Salad in the spring.

I love so many things about this dish.  

  1. It’s so colorful!  I’ve mentioned before, I like “pretty” things and food is no exception.  I don’t know if it really makes it taste any better, but it seems like it.
  2. It does taste good…as good as it looks
  3. It’s HEALTHY!  I realize there may not be an abundance of “healthy” food here at O Taste and See so this is a bonus for me.  
  4. Adding a few strips of grilled chicken to it can make it a “meal” all by itself
  5. It’s very cool and refreshing, especially in the summer when it’s 105 degrees. 
  6. It’s EASY!

The recipe for the dressing I serve with it is also listed below.  It’s an oil and vinegar base made with apple cider vinegar and because it separates quickly the pictures didn’t look very good.  My husband prefers Raspberry Vinaigrette, which can be found in many brands at the grocery store.

Here’s the Recipe:

Salad: 

  • Baby Spinach – about 4 cups washed
  • Mandarin oranges – 1 small can drained
  • strawberries – 1/2 cup washed and sliced
  • pecans – 1/3 cup
  • Optional: crumbled Blue Cheese, onions, candied pecans, dried cranberries or grilled chicken

 *When strawberries are out of season or too expensive I substitute red grapes

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Place pecans on baking tray and bake about 5-7 minutes.  Watch carefully, they will burn fast.  When toasted, remove from pan and set aside to cool before placing on salad

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While pecans are toasting and cooling, wash and de-stem spinach

Place in large salad bowl

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Top with drained oranges, sliced strawberries and cooled pecans

Serve with Apple Cider Vinaigrette – It needs to be made ahead and allowed to sit in at least an hour before serving…listed below

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This pairs nicely with Bacon Swiss Quiche for a great lunch or brunch 

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Strawberry Spinach Salad
Serves 4
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Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. Baby Spinach - about 4 cups washed
  2. Mandarin oranges - 1 small can drained
  3. strawberries - 1/2 cup washed and sliced
  4. pecans - 1/3 cup
  5. Optional: crumbled Blue Cheese, onions, candied pecans, dried cranberries or grilled chicken
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place pecans on baking tray and bake about 5-7 minutes. Watch carefully, they will burn fast. When toasted, remove from pan and set aside to cool before placing on salad
  2. While pecans are toasting and cooling, wash and de-stem spinach
  3. Place in large salad bowl
  4. Top with drained oranges, sliced strawberries and cooled pecans
Notes
  1. When strawberries are out of season or too expensive I substitute red grapes
  2. For a main dish, top with grilled chicken
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Apple Cider Vinaigrette
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup canola oil
  2. 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  3. 2 tablespoons sugar
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a small plastic container with tight-fitting lid. Shake well. Set aside for at least one hour before serving to allow sugar to dissolve completely. Shake well again before serving.
Notes
  1. Great on Strawberry Spinach Salad
O Taste and See https://otasteandseeblog.com/

 

 

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15 Comments

  • Mel (@MamaBuzz)

    March 15, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Love how colorful and healthy this salad is, definitely screams spring.:) Thanks so much for sharing on Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in next week’s issue.

  • Jennifer Sikora

    March 13, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    We make this salad at home, except we add red onions, feta cheese, and raspberry vinagrette. YUM YUM! Now I want one 🙂

  • Rachel Cotterill

    March 13, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    I love strawberries with spinach. The orange and walnuts would just make it extra special!

  • Jenne Kopalek

    March 13, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    I think spring is finally here in Texas. It was a hard winter but some reports said it was mild. I was like really? Mild? Yeah their crazy! That salad looks good. I am so ready for salad weather!

  • Neatly-Packaged (@Neatly_Packaged)

    March 12, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    HOLY MOLY this looks good!! You had me at pecans! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

    http://neatly-packaged.blogspot.com/

  • Ricci

    March 12, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    I have never put fruit in my salad but yours looks gorgeous!!! I might have to try it…

  • Terin Garrett

    March 12, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    I’ve been into spinach salads lately too! And I always love strawberries! Sounds and looks delicious!

  • Stephanie Cox

    March 12, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    I only like spinach salads so I love that you have this up on the blog today. I’ve been in a rut trying to find new ones to try.

  • Cindy @ Hun… What’s for Dinner?

    March 11, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Such a pretty salad. My daughter loves fresh spinach and I think she would love the strawberries and oranges in this salad. Thanks so much for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

  • OKC Mom of 3

    March 11, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    I love this salad, love adding fresh spinach w/ fruit
    Dropping by from the Bloggers Brags Weekly Pinterest Party v& following you on social media

  • threekidsandafish

    March 11, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    I love this salad, just the perfect thing to match this beautiful spring weather! Checking this out from Tasty Tuesdays 🙂
    Cathy

  • Christine@ Apple of My Eye

    March 10, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    YUM I love how fresh and simple this seems! Perfect for the warmer weather that’s coming up 🙂

  • Chelsea

    March 10, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    This looks amazing! My husband actually asked for salad with dinner this week so I may be making this! Plus, it is perfect for the warming-up-weather we are starting to get!!

  • Jennifer

    March 10, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    This is one of our favorite salads! I love it when these things are in season and we can make this for a meal!

  • Emily Thompson

    March 10, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    YUM! Ive been super into spinach salads lately! In fact I had one for both lunch and dinner today.. now I’m out of spinach so I will have to mix it up for tomorrow. :o) Pnned!

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