Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

When I was a kid salads consisted of iceberg lettuce, a few cucumber slices, a celery stick, a carrot stick, a tomato wedge, and some shredded cheese which I promptly drowned in ranch dressing. I ate salads to loose weight or so I wouldn’t feel guilty about indulging in the things I love the most….. desserts. It never occurred to me until I was well into adulthood that salads were something that could be eaten for no other reason then they plain taste good.

This simple salad of spinach, strawberries, cheese, nuts and light drizzle of poppy seed dressing is currently one of my favorite salads. It can be used to a simple side to a heartier main dish salad with the addition of chicken.

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

2 TBS white vinegar
1/4 cup canola oil
1 1/2 TBS sugar
1 1/2 tsp poppy seeds
1 tsp finely chopped onion
1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/8 tsp paprika
5 oz baby spinach
1/2 cup sliced, fresh strawberries
2 oz crumbled cheese
1/4 cup toasted pecans

In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, oil, sugar, poppy seeds, onion, Worcestershire and paprika. Whisk until the sugar is completely dissolved. On a plate arrange the spinach, strawberries, cheese and pecans. Drizzle with the poppy seed dressing and serve.


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