Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Strawberry and Spinach Salad

For tonight's dinner I am trying a strawberry and spinach salad.

I know, that may sound a bit odd, but you'll just have to trust me.

I think this will work out because the other night I had a similar salad at my daughter's house and it was delicious. The only difference was that she served strawberries with romaine lettuce and I plan on using raw spinach.

You see I have a big contianer of fresh spinach that I would like to use before it goes bad. Now my first thought was a wilted spinach salad, but I decided to go with strawberries because it will be healthier.

As a matter of fact this will be one "super foods" concoction with the spinach, strawberries, and almonds.

One cup of raw spinach is packed with vitamin A and has vitamin C, calcium and iron. And spinach is a powerful antioxidant full of lutein and zeaxanthin.

A serving size of strawberries is loaded with vitamin C.

And almonds are not only low in saturated fat but they contain calcium, magnesium, vitamin E and compounds called phytochemicals, which may help to protect against cardiovascular disease and even cancer.

So I think this salad will be a delicious way to get lots of good things into the family tonight.

Strawberry Spinach Salad

1/4 pound baby spinach leaves
1 cup sliced strawberries
slivered almonds, toasted
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoonrice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste.

In a large salad bowl toss the spinach with some of the dressing. Add the
rest of the ingredients and toss again. Serve immediately.

I plan on serving this with broiled salmon with garlic, mustard, and herbs and pretzel bread made by Kristina courtesy of Butter Yum

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