Sunday, June 17, 2012

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Walnuts and Feta (in a Maple Strawberry Vinaigrette)

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I suppose it says something good about my diet that one of the first things I thought of while picking my first batch of strawberries yesterday was making this salad.  Dont get me wrong- I love strawberry shortcake and jams of all kinds, but there’s something so delicious, fresh, and summery about a salad like this.  And talk about seasonal… if you live in the northeast and eat your berries locally (which we do) there are only a few weeks a year you can enjoy a treat like this.

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Walnuts and Feta
serves 1 for an entree salad
1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves
5-6 fresh strawberries, sliced (or to your liking- more can certainly be better!)
1/4 cup walnut pieces
1/2 cup chopped cucumber
3 Tblspns crumbled Feta cheese
Strawberry Maple Vinaigrette Dressing (see link for recipe)
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1. Make sure your spinach is nicely rinsed and dried, because a sandy salad does not a happy eater make.  If you’re like me and like to toss your salad with your dressing before serving, place your spinach in a medium- sized mixing bowl.  If you prefer a more picturesque presentation, layer spinach and the following ingredients in a shallow salad bowl.
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2. Add walnuts, cucumbers, sliced strawberries, and crumble the feta evenly.
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3. Add your Strawberry Maple Vinaigrette (see link for recipe) and toss gently.
This salad is fantastic just as it is, served with a nice crusty bread or even some multigrain crackers for lunch.  If serving for dinner, you could chose to add some grilled chicken breast.
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Hope you have a chance to make this simple, elegant salad while the local strawberries are still ripe on the vine. If you have any entree recipes that use strawberries (meaning, not desserts but lunch or dinner meals), please do share your links and Ill share them in the body of the post.  I love using strawberries for more than just dessert!
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Happy to be linking up today with Summer Sunday Salads over at Easy Natural Foods,  Meatless Mondays at Veggie Mamma, Just Another Meatless Monday over at Hey Mom Whats for Dinner, Frugal Days and Sustainable Ways at Frugally Sustainable, Full Plate Thursdays at Mis Helen’s Country Kitchen, and Foodie Fridays at Rattlebridge Farm, as well as Scratch Cookin' Tuesdays at Mrs Dull's Nourished Kitchen, Real Food Wednesdays at Kelly the Kitchen Kop, Whats cooking Wednesdays at The King's Court IV, Whole Food Wednesdays at This Chick Cooks,   Saturday Link and Greet at Country Mamma Cooks,  and and Foodie Fridays at Simple Living with Diane Balch.


Vicky said...

This sounds an awesome recipe! The dressing is beautiful! The colours are wonderful!

Thank you also for visiting my blog and leaving a comment there, much appreciated!

mjskit said...

Great salad and a fabulous vinaigrette! YUM!

The Old-Fashioned Housewife said...

Thank you so much, ladies! Its simple and easy but the flavours come together so nicely. Im taking a large bowl of it to our fathers day get together this afternoon. Yummy!

Veggie Mama said...

Even though I know it would be delicious, I've still always been too scared to put strawberries in a salad! Will have to try now. Thank you!

Lyndal said...

oh wow - strawberries in a salad! I can't say that I have thought of doing this before, however I am definitely intruiged! I might just try this out!

theoldmilkcan said...

That looks so delicious - I had only ever thought about strawberries as a sweets item...I'm going to try this for sure though - it is like Waldorf salad reinvented better again!

The Old-Fashioned Housewife said...

Thanks for all the sweet comments, ladies! Yes, strawberries are fantastic in salads, as long as they are nice and firm. If they're a bit too soft better to save them for jam. :) I got freed up about fruit in salad about five years ago when I was working with a lady who ate super well and we started making big salads for lunch everyday. She started throwing in pineapple, apple, and even berries and I realized how delicious they were in a salad.

Hope you all enjoy!

Debbie @ Easy Natural Food said...

Great salad! I love the combination of ingredients, super tasty. And as for that dressing :) Thanks for sharing this with Summer Salad Sundays, look forward to seeing you again soon!

The Old-Fashioned Housewife said...

Thanks for all the kind words, ladies! So appreciate all the comments. :)

Anonymous said...

i am trying this looks delish. mom

Miz Helen said...

We would just love this salad, it looks like summertime, so fresh and full of flavor. Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

Diane Balch said...

I love the combinations of flavors in this salad. Thank you for sharing it on foodie friday.

Miz Helen said...

Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a fabulous week end and enjoy your new Red Plate!
Come Back Soon,
Miz Helen

Kelly Scott said...

I never thought about adding feta. I've always had it with goat cheese & I don't like goat cheese. Thanks for the inspiration. Please link up with us at No Ordinary Blog Hop under recipes!noordinarybloghop.blogspot.comI'd love the chance and so would our readers to read more of your recipes.

Melissa said...

Love your salad recipe!

Im a new follower from Miz Helen's blog! =)

Kathy Shea Mormino said...

I'd like to invite you to join me at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

I hope to see you there!
Kathy Shea Mormino
The Chicken Chick