Saturday, March 16, 2013

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Strawberries are on sale for $1.28 this week at Fareways, so I picked them up.   I’m making a strawberry spinach salad with them.  Isn't it beautiful and so simple?  

¼ cup slivered almonds
2 tablespoons sugar
1 package (10 ounces) fresh spinach
1 cup fresh sliced strawberries

2 tablespoons canola oil or olive oil
1 tablespoon raspberry vinegar (you may substitute with red wine vinegar)
1 tsp. soy sauce
1 ½  tablespoon of strawberry jam or jelly
¼ teaspoon salt (You may not need salt because of the soy sauce.  Taste first)

In a large skillet, cook and stir almonds and sugar over low heat until sugar is dissolved and almonds are coated. Spread on foil to cool; break apart.

In a large salad bowl, combine the spinach, strawberries and candied almonds.

In a mason jar, combine the dressing ingredients; shake well. Drizzle over salad; toss gently to coat.

Variation – You may cut up some green onion or add some slices of red onion if you like a bit of a bite to your salad.  Try using pecans instead of almonds. Or since tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day, you could use mandarin oranges instead of strawberries so you have the colors of the Irish flag (green, orange and white). Replace the strawberry jam in the dressing with orange marmalade and use some of the juice from the can of oranges.  

Have a great Saturday, be happy and may God bless you and yours.  

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