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Friday, April 19, 2013

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Balsamic Poppy Seed Dressing (McIlhenny Company)

I don't know about y'all, but with the weather warming up, I like to have some lighter meals on our menu. Salads in one form or another, tends to be one of my "go-to" meals because they're light, they tend to be easy, and they are limitless! 

If given the choice of a lettuce vs. spinach based salad, I will pick spinach every single time. It is one of my absolute favorite things to cook with! Ok, so technically, I'm not cooking the spinach here - but humor me a bit! I love that this salad has sweet and savory .... crunchy and soft ... creamy and salty - its got it all! And the best part? The strawberries are perfect this time of year! One of my favorite things about spring is the fresh strawberries and spinach. 

My kiddos love this salad just as much as I do - and truthfully, what's not to love? If you're in more of an orange mood .... or banana mood .... or blueberry mood ..... or *insert favorite fruit here* mood - by all means, switch it up! Strawberry and kiwi is a tasty version ... try strawberry and banana ... mango and pineapple - whatever floats your boat. You just can't go wrong! If you like almonds, walnuts or pistachios ..... use them instead!

I didn't really specify any amounts for this recipe, because I believe it's more of a personal preference sort of thing. Feel free to experiment! :)

Love Bakes Good Cakes - Strawberry Spinach Salad with Balsamic Poppy Seed Dressing

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Balsamic Poppy Seed Dressing
Printable recipe
Yield: varies

For the salad:
Spinach leaves
Strawberries, hulled and sliced
Feta Cheese, crumbled
Bacon, cooked and crumbled
Pecans, lightly toasted

For the dressing:
2 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
1 tbsp. poppy seeds
¼ cup sugar
½ cup olive oil
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
¼ tsp. paprika
¼ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp. minced onion
pinch pepper

Place the desired amount of each salad ingredient on a plate in the order given. In a food processor or blender, combine all of the dressing ingredients until thoroughly blended - about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Drizzle the desired amount of the dressing over the salad. Enjoy!

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  1. Looks great! You know me, we do not eat seasonal ;-) I'll definitely try your salad soon! Our BBQ is 12 months a year and I can just imagine how well this will go down with some juicy meat! Or an appetizer!!

  2. I LOVE spinach and strawberries together! I am so glad you posted the recipe for this dressing. I am a sucker for a sweet salad dressing and since we make all of our own now...I need all the help I can get!

  3. This looks so delicious! I love this kind of salad and the dressing sounds really good. Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe. ~Angela'm your newest follower :)

  5. That looks so yummy. Thanks for joining our Show Off Your Blog Party. I'm one of the co-host and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    A Dose of Jules

  6. I LOVE strawberries in my salad! Looks delish!!!

    Kelly @

  7. Oh this looks so good!

    I would love for you to link up this - and your other salad recipes - at the Empty Your Archive link party. We have a special focus this week on salads, Alice @ Mums Make Lists x

  8. What a delicious looking salad! I am pinning it to my Pinterest Soups, Salad & Sandwich board. I love sharing recipes at the Shady Porch and would like to invite to share yours at the Rock ‘N Share party too! Blessings, D

  9. What a beautiful look salad with lots of great flavors! Got your link from Mom on Timeouts link party, you got a new follower!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  10. Oh this looks so good!!! I might have to substitute the feta with blue cheese :)

    Thanks for posting!!!

  11. We will just love this salad. Your recipe is fabulous and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  12. perfect combonation, I would love this, Jamie! Pinned to Saturday Dishes.


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