Strawberry season is in full swing.  This is one of my favorite salads for a dinner party or picnic because it never disappoints.  Balsamic vinegar pairs really well with strawberries, but apple cider vinegar or orange juice would work well, too.  If you’re not a blue cheese fan, try feta cheese instead.  The dressing can be used on other salads as well.  Enjoy!

Ingredients

 

Salad:

 

1 bag baby spinach leaves

1 pint ripe strawberries

2/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

¼ red onion cut into thin ‘rings’

2 Tbsp. crumbled Bleu cheese or feta

 

Dressing:

 

2 Tbsp. canola oil

2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

1 tsp. Dijon mustard

1 tsp. honey

 

Directions

 

Wash & dry spinach leaves and place in a large bowl.

Wash and cut the berries into small chunks and add to spinach.

Add red onions, chopped nuts and cheese crumbles.

Whisk together ingredients for dressing.  Drizzle dressing over salad (and toss) right before serving.

 

Makes 8 servings.  Nutrition information per serving:  194 calories, 15 grams fat, 3 grams protein, 12 grams carbohydrate, 3.3 grams fiber, 1 mg cholesterol, 150 mg sodium.

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