Today is one of those “I think everyone probably has it” recipes or at least some version of it. There is probably a reason for that – because it is so good! I have been making this Spinach Strawberry Salad for years and the recipe originally came from my friend Laurie. She brought it to a potluck and I knew I had to have the recipe.
I served it last Easter and will be serving it again this year.
I had it listed on my Easter menu a few years ago but never got around to posting the recipe here on the blog. Thanks to those of you who have emailed asking for it – keep me on my toes!!
I love the poppy seed dressing that is made not only with poppy seeds but sesame seeds as well. It is one of those staples that I keep in my refrigerator.
The addition of some sliced strawberries, red onion and sugared almonds dress it up and make it look oh so pretty.
The salad is light, fresh and lots of great flavor.
In case you have never sugared nuts I have a little tutorial for you. I use either slivered or sliced almonds, both work great.
Combine a 1/2 cup of nuts along with 1/4 cup of sugar in a small frying pan.
Turn the heat onto medium and stir. It will take a few minutes for anything to happen. First it will look like this….
The sugar will begin to clump up around the nuts.
And then before you know it the sugar will have totally melted and the nuts will be coated and brown. Be careful because it can go from nothing to burned pretty fast. Be sure and stir continuously.
I spread the nuts out onto a slightly greased plate for them to cool and dry. You will need to break them apart a bit before adding them to the salad.
They add the perfect crunch and sweetness to any salad.
Here’s another salad that is ALWAYS on our Easter table – Grandma’s Favorite Jello!
Sweet and Sour Salad is another good one.
What kind of salad will you be having for Easter dinner?
Spinach Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
Red onion, chopped (as much as you like)
Sugared Nuts (1/2 C nuts to 1/4 sugar)
Poppy Seed Dressing
Combine spinach and dressing and top with strawberries, nuts and red onion.
Poppy Seed Dressing:
1/2 canola oil
1/4 C apple cider vinegar
1/3 C sugar
2 Tbsp sesame seeds
1 Tbsp poppy seeds
1 1/2 tsp dried minced onion
1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp paprika.
Mix together ingredients well and pour over spinach