May 31, 2009

Strawberries & Orange Spinach Salad

Spinach & Strawberry Salad

Ok I'm just going to be honest, here m'kay?  None of the kids would eat this the first time I made it because they didn't like the dressing.  I loved it, but as we all know, if the kids won't eat it, it's gotta be modified.  So?  I left off the dressing this time and let them choose a dressing from the store.  Lame.  BUT they ate every last bite of the salad and they chose a vinaigrette instead of RANCH so I was happy, they were happy and their bowls were empty!  Another option would be to use a Honey Red Wine Vinaigrette – to DIE FOR good!
Dressing

  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup distilled balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
Salad
  • 4 Clementine/Cuties mini oranges, peeled and separated into segments
  • 10 ounces bagged spinach
  • 16 oz. fresh strawberries - cleaned, hulled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds

Directions
1.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sugar, olive oil, vinegar, paprika and Worcestershire sauce.  Cover, and chill for one hour.
2.  In a large bowl, combine the spinach, strawberries, oranges and almonds. Pour dressing over salad, and toss. Refrigerate 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

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