This simple spinach strawberry salad is a wonderful starter and an ideal accompaniment to grilled or roast chicken or pork.
Easy Herb Vinaigrette:
9 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons wildflower honey
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 cup canola oil
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
3 tablespoons minced fresh chives
1 1/2 cups quartered strawberries
1/4 cup Easy Herb Vinaigrette
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint
1 (6-ounce) package fresh baby spinach
2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
How to Make It
Combine the first 3 ingredients in a medium bowl; slowly whisk in oil until combined. Stir in basil and chives.
Combine strawberries, ¼ cup vinaigrette, mint, and spinach in a large bowl; toss gently to coat. Sprinkle with almonds and pepper; serve immediately. Store remaining vinaigrette, covered, in refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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You really can't go wrong with strawberries and spinach, especially when they are both in season, and this very simple recipe adds a great dressing to the two. Nice fresh flavor, highly recommended to try!
I felt like we needed a new side salad. Since strawberries are just beginning to be readily available again, it seemed like the perfect recipe to try. My husband and young adult children really enjoyed it. I agree with previous reviews - cut back on the oil (I used 1/2 cup), a little extra basil and mint - just to add more flavor - added a little goat cheese - and it was very delicious! Glad to have read reviews before making. I'll definitely make again and I could certainly serve to company.
I figured I would try this for dinner tonight since I had all the ingredients...I am always looking for ways to use fresh herbs
from my garden. I used less oil based on other reviewers and added grilled chicken to make it a main dish. I also threw in some avocado that I found in the refrige. It was delicious and I would make it again and serve it to guests. Looked beautiful too.
This was a big hit today at a dinner. I didn't have fresh basil or chives but used Herbes de Provence seasoning, next time I will look harder for the fresh herbs. I did add lemon to the vinaigrette because it lacked something.
Fabulous! Made the whole thing in under 5 minutes for a late Valentine's supper. Served it in a trifle bowl and it was beautiful. Company worthy. Do NOT skip using the dressing..it's a must and brings the whole thing together!
Added some burrata - the creaminess of the cheese balanced really nicely with the sweetness of the strawberries and the tanginess of the dressing and provided a good contrast to the crunchiness of the almonds.
Based on other reviews, I cut the amount of oil in half and used about 8 Tbsp of dressing for 5 ounces of spinach.
Husband loved it!