Bid Winter Adieu with Spinach-Strawberry Salad

Our daughter loves strawberries.  She knows it is important to buy in-season produce, so she looks forward to strawberry season like none other.  Here in Colorado the growing season is quite short, so local strawberries are not available until June—this makes me thankful for California growers who can deliver this sweet treat in early April.  Fragrant strawberries bid adieu to winter, ushering in the freshness of spring and summer produce.

Spinach-Strawberry Salad is a delicious way to say hello to spring—going green (and red) never tasted so good. The sweet strawberries balance the slightly bitter spinach while the flax seed oil in the dressing gives the dish an omega-3 boost. This salad is so beautiful and easy to prepare, it can be presented in smaller bowls rather than tossed in one large bowl, with dressing applied individually. Top with grilled or blackened chicken for a refreshing main course salad, as shown.

Spinach-Strawberry Salad

Serves 4
7          cups  ready-to-eat baby spinach
1/2      pint  strawberries (1 cup) — sliced
3/4     cup  Sweetly Spiced Crispy Pecans — or Walnuts (as shown)

Orange-Dijon Dressing

1/4   cup  extra-virgin olive oil
2        tablespoons  flax seed oil
2        tablespoons  apple cider vinegar
2        tablespoons  orange juice
1        tablespoon  honey
1        teaspoon  Dijon mustard
1        teaspoon  orange zest — minced
1/2    teaspoon  sea salt
2        teaspoons  fresh parsley — chopped (dried herbs can also be used)
1/4   teaspoon  pepper
1        dash  hot sauce

Prepare dressing by mixing the ingredients in a cruet or jar with a lid and shake. Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes before serving.

Tear any large spinach leaves into bite-size pieces. Layer the spinach leaves in the bottom of a large bowl with the strawberries and nuts on top. Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients, and toss. Serve immediately.

Also posted on the following Blog Hops:
The Nourishing Gourmet’s Pennywise Platter
Fresh Bites Friday

Hearth & Soul Blog Hop

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5 responses to “Bid Winter Adieu with Spinach-Strawberry Salad

  1. This is definitely different to me, and very interesting combination with strawberries, would love to try this soon when strawberry is in season here

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  3. Good morning!
    I live in Michigan where we experience the same weather identity crisis each spring. Both your strawberry salad and your chicken and dumplings are perfect for a typical two-day swing around here 😉

    Thanks for visiting Fit Foodista and for sharing at the Hearth and Soul Hop!

  4. Spinach strawberry salad looks dleicious, my little one also fan of strawberries, her breakfast is mainly strawberries. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop.

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