There is something so tasty about strawberries and spinach mixed together with a great dressing to add some zest. And man alive, that kind of salad is so good for stuff like baby/wedding showers, book club, luncheons, Sunday dinners, normal dinners…you name it. Plus, all that spinach has got to do a number to the amount of vitamins helping little (and big) bodies function properly.
I’m all for that.
So I have these two dressings for strawberry spinach salad that are so good.
First, of course, you get the basic ingredients ready:
spinach, sliced strawberries, toasted almonds (I like to caramelize mine by adding a little sugar and sautéing them ‘til they brown up a little), and I’ve recently discovered that cucumbers are delicious in strawberry spinach salads (although I hadn’t discovered that when I made this one).
Oh, and red onions are so good in here, but I didn’t have any on hand this day.
Here are the basic ingredients ready to go:
Beautiful, right? But let’s all go ahead and admit it’s the dressing that makes the salad. Sure, there are some great ones at the store, but wowzers, these ones will knock your socks off.
Salad Dressing #1
This first one is from my friend Kelee:
1/2 c. sugar
2 tbs. sesame seeds
1 tbs. poppy seeds
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 c. oil
1/4 c. seasoned rice wine vinegar
Yes, you’re right, that’s a boatload of sesame seeds. It will look like this when you’re done:
Kinda thick. But oh so good.
Chill in refrigerator before dressing salad. Don’t mix in into the salad until right before you’re ready to serve it or it will get mushy.
Salad Dressing #2
2-3 large lemons (squeeze for 1/3 c. juice and save rinds for 1 tsp. zest)
1/4 c. rice wine vinegar
1/4 c. canola oil
3/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/4 c. sugar
2 tsp. poppy seeds
1 tsp. grated onion
1 clove finely pressed garlic
Mix together and chill in the refrigerator before mixing into salad.
It will look like this:
Then this:(Add some cool salad tongs from India if you so desire :)
In the original recipe for this last one they added sautéed chicken to make it a more hearty salad. I’d like to try that some time because I think it would be really, really good. But I have to wait for book club or a lady’s luncheon for that cause my family would turn their noses up if I tried to make that a meal.
I made both those dressings the other night because I wanted to see what my family liked the best but it was a tie so that didn’t help one bit. The second one is more tangy with the lemon, the first is a little more sweet.
** Important note: I only use a portion of these dressings to dress the salad. I don’t like my salads swimming in dressing. These keep in the fridge for a while so you can make another salad the next week if you want…and hey, why not make one for your neighbor too while you’re at it :).
We coupled this salad with this delish fish from Costco for Sunday dinner a while back:
Let’s keep in mind that these five children of mine do not like fish.
But they gobbled this up.
(Along with a wild rice blend from Trader Joes cooked in chicken broth for flavor….and these rolls.)