Summer Strawberry Salad
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Serves: large bowl of salad
 
Welcome summer with a light and fresh salad! Strawberries add a sweetness that goes well with a spicy spinach salad mix. Poppyseed balsamic dressing gives us a tangly topping. Perfect alone or with any main summer dish.
What to get:
  • 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)
For Balsamic Poppyseed Dressing:
  • 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
What to do:
  1. Wash, dry and trim all greens. Tear into bite sized pieces.
  2. Chop all salad ingredients and in large salad bowl add lettuce mix with spinach and add onion, cucumbers, beets, corn and strawberries!
  3. 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.
  4. Serve with dressing!
  5. *feta cheese is also a nice addition to this as desired.
Notes:
You can use any store bought dressing, but something about a quick homemade version that makes this salad special. I go heavy on balsamic and use little oil, which is very potent, but the recipe above calls for a more normal ratio of oil to balsamic. You can tweak this easily to your tastebuds!
Serving size: eat it, it's good for you!
Recipe by the dinnervine at http://www.dinnervine.com/2012/05/summer-dressed/