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! And my strawberry avocado spinach salad is a great way to use up all of this spinach!
Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing is one of my favorite go to salads. So I thought I would spice it up a bit.
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.
Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad Recipe
Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Spiced Nuts
Balsamic Poppy Seed Dressing
- 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
- Mix salad dressing ingredients together in a bottle and shake until combined.
- In a pan, combine spiced nut ingredients and cook over medium heat until nuts are coated. Then move to parchment paper to cool.
- Combine all of the salad ingredients together and enjoy!
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