Farewell Spring, because I am ready for summer and so is my salad. We’re going to call-on warm weather ingredients like fresh, farmer’s market strawberries, spinach, sweet corn, cucumbers and beets for one perfect bowl of salad goodness. We’ll dress to the occasion with a homemade poppyseed balsamic dressing. Who wants to slave over the stove on a hot summer-like evening, so why not have this one as a light & fresh dinner, or serve alongside something from the grill!
Beautiful red & ripe strawberries are all over the farmers markets these days, and the ones I bought were absolutely delicious! Something about the sweet that will go nicely with our spinach and spicy mix green salad. And who doesn’t love some poppy seeds every now and then? (well, to each their own I guess…)
This is as easy as chopping up a few veggies, and mixing up some dressing.
- Fresh baby Spinach (about 2 cups)
- Fresh spicy salad mix (I gets at farmer's market, organic, with arugula, red leaf & baby lettuces).
- Fresh strawberries (1 basket, ripe!), sliced and halved.
- Cucumber, thinly sliced and quartered. (use over half)
- Red onion, finely chopped (will use a little less than half)
- Ear of sweet white corn, cut off cob. (use entire ear)
- Precooked baby beets, sliced and thinly chopped. (about 3)
- 2 parts (1/4 cup) light, extra virgin olive oil (use good oil!)
- 1 part (1/8 cup) aged balsamic (you may want to use less depending on the balsamic, but I add a lot)
- 1 T poppy seeds
- ⅛ tsp dried mustard
- 1 T honey
- dash of lemon zest
- ⅛ cup white wine or dry champagne
- Fresh black ground pepper & kosher salt to taste
- Wash, dry and trim all greens. Tear into bite sized pieces.
- Chop all salad ingredients and in large salad bowl add lettuce mix with spinach and add onion, cucumbers, beets, corn and strawberries!
- Assemble dressing in a clean jar with lid. shake vigorously to combine and taste. If it needs more oil add at this point. If it needs more sweetness, add more honey and salt and pepper as desired.
- Serve with dressing!
- *feta cheese is also a nice addition to this as desired.
Get your upcoming Memorial Day weekend off to a fresh start, with a salad without all the lame iceberg… It makes a great addition at a BBQ and let’s face it, it’s just plain easy, so more time at the pool for you.