Saturday, July 17, 2010

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Here's one of my favorite summer time recipes. A few years ago, my sister-in-law turned me on to this amazingly scrumptious strawberry spinach salad. It is healthy and refreshing and simple to make. Add grilled shrimp or grilled chicken to make a meal out of it!

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Approx. 8 oz. baby spinach leaves
1 pint fresh ripe strawberries, cleaned, hulled and halved
2-3 Tbsp. red onion, chopped into small slivers
1/2 cup sliced almonds
2 Tbsp. sugar

Toss spinach leaves, strawberry halves and red onion in a large salad bowl.

Place almonds and sugar in a sauté pan. Cook over medium-low heat. As sugar melts, stir almond and sugar syrup constantly. The almonds will brown a bit and the sugar will become amber colored, be very careful to not burn the almonds. Turn them out onto a dinner plate to cool. Next, prepare the dressing.

Honey-Lime Dressing

Juice and rind of one good size lime
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup honey
Pinch of salt

Whisk all ingredients together. Just before serving, dress the salad and toss the cooled, candied almonds over the top.


Christina said...

Oh my! That sounds really good. I'll have to replace the almonds with sunflower seeds because of an allergy but I still think it will be good.

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