Sunday, September 4, 2011

Strawberry Spinach Salad

When I am planning a meal I sometimes get caught up in the Main Dish that I lack in the accompaniment. The other night I had some inspiration. I had gone grocery shopping that day. This is usually my biggest inspiration. I found some beautiful Strawberries. They were plump and beautifully red and ripe! I knew they were going to be as sweet as they looked. I had no idea how I would use them, but knew I had to pick them up. I got home and decided to have Salmon for dinner. I chose a nondescript side dish of Rice with Broccoli and Cheese Sauce, but knew I needed something "fresh' to go along side of that. I knew the meal would be "heavy"  and 1 dimensional if not. I looked around at what I had bought and remembered the Strawberries!
Ok, I am just going to make a salad... what else is in the fridge? Ohhhhh I have some baby spinach leaves...Yum, the star was born!! Putting this salad together was pure inspiration....Just throwing things together and tasting as I went along brought together a side dish I would make again and again. You have to try it!

Strawberry Salad



4 cups Fresh Baby Spinach
2 cups sliced Strawberries
1/2 cup sliced Almonds
1/2 cup Bleu cheese

Dressing:
1/2 cup EV Olive Oil
1/4 cup Champagne Vinegar
1 tbsp Lemon Juice (optional)
**Combine well, add Salt and Pepper to taste.

Place Spinach and Strawberries in Large Bowl. Toss to combine.
Top with Bleu cheese and Almonds.
Sprinkle with Vinegairette and serve.

You will not believe what this fresh flavor will add to your meal...It will definitely be a great add on to your kitchen arsenal!