Today‘s Strawberry, Avocado Spinach Salad with Spiced Nuts Recipe is a dressed up, slightly more sophisticated version of that good old standby.
One of my favorite things about summer is our weekly visits to the local Farmer’s Market and the daily trips to our own backyard garden. I love the fresh produce! This year my husband planted a whole bed of spinach and other fresh greens for the daily green smoothies he makes for us. It’s also perfect for lots of spinach salads. It doesn’t get much greener and fresher than that!
He also put in another bed of strawberries so we have fresh berries to eat and throw into the smoothies too.
Today‘s recipe is a twist on an old favorite and it is helping me to use up all that fresh spinach and strawberries.
In the summer my standby, must have often, salad is a Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing. I can still remember the first time I had this salad – it was probably 10-15 years ago I am sure and a friend, Laurie, brought it to a potluck BBQ I was having at the house. I fell in love with it that night and couldn’t wait to get the recipe. I have making it ever since and have given the recipe away dozens of times. I think it may have been this salad that finally got me to eat spinach!
In addition to strawberries I added avocados.
Instead of sugared nuts we spiced them up a bit with some cumin, cinnamon, paprika and vanilla. So good!!
And the dressing has not only poppy seeds but sesame seeds as well and we took it up a notch with white balsamic vinegar. If you haven’t used white balsamic vinegar before you really should. It is quite lovely. I buy mine at Trader Joe’s but other grocery stores carry it as well.
The flavors in the salad are quite wonderful and I especially loved the spiced nuts and the nice little surprise they give the salad.
Recipe adapted from honestcooking
- 1/2 C sugar
- 1 1/2 Tbsp poppy seeds
- 1 1/2 Tbsp sesame seeds
- 1 tsp paprika
- 2 tsps dried mustard
- 1 Tbsp dried minced onion
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
- 1/2 C white balsamic vinegar
- 1/3 C canola oil
- 1/3 C olive oil
- 1 bag baby spinach
- 1 head romaine lettuce
- 1 avocados peeled and halved
- 2 C strawberries sliced
- 1 C sliced or slivered almonds
- 1/4 C sugar
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
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