what's cooking: better than candy salad

Our standard fare for summer suppers is a salad. I just can't get enough of them. And this one has been a big hit around here lately. It combines the wonderful sweetness of strawberries, the tang of vinegar, and the saltiness of feta. Truly satisfying, I tell you!

better than candy salad
8 oz baby spinach
1 pint strawberries
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup feta, crumbled

2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp dijon mustard
1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 cup sliced green onions

Mix all dressing ingredients together and allow to sit for 30 minutes or more before serving. Meanwhile, rinse and dry the spinach and the berries. Hull the strawberries and slice them. Cook the almonds in a skillet over low-medium heat for 5 minutes or so (don't take your eye off of them!) until lightly toasted, then remove from heat.

Just before you're ready to eat, mix the dressing well. Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl. Pour about half of the dressing (to start)over the salad and toss all ingredients to coat them in the dressing. If you'd like more dressing, if you like.

Now, tuck in to that salad--it's better than a candy bar!
have a lovely day, Amy

Katy  – (June 13, 2009 at 1:32 PM)  

Mmm, I do love salads that combine these kinds of tastes. My fav is one with spinach, mandarin orange slices, walnuts, crumbled bacon, goat cheese, red bell pepper, and a honey mustard dressing. Very nice. But I do have some nice fresh strawberries right now...might have to try this combination!

Char  – (June 13, 2009 at 3:01 PM)  

that is one of my favorite salads!!

Marbella Designs  – (June 13, 2009 at 3:26 PM)  

you always have the best recipes, thanks for sharing!

~ ennui ~  – (June 13, 2009 at 5:16 PM)  

Great recipe....I'm going to make this tomorrow!!
Thanks for sharing :)

PS~Erin  – (June 14, 2009 at 12:13 AM)  

We just had a similar salad: spinach, strawberries, almonds and poppyseed dressing. Definitely going to try your version.. We love feta!!

Clementine  – (June 15, 2009 at 7:23 PM)  

Ooooh, I was totally inspired by this post, Amy, and made a similar salad tonight: substituting chevre for feta, my garden french vinagrette for your dressing-- YUM!!

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