Sunday, June 17, 2012
Strawberry Spinach Salad with Walnuts and Feta (in a Maple Strawberry Vinaigrette)
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)
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.
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.
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!
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.