CSA – Strawberry Spinach Salad
The first week of the Rise ‘N Shine Organic Farm CSA brought strawberries (Luke’s favorite!) and lots of greens. Mitch actually sends us an email with what will be included each week and here’s the list from the first week:
2 Quarts of Strawberries
1/3 lb of Baby Spinach
1/3 lb of Arugula
Green Leaf Lettuce
I think Luke ate one entire quart of strawberries on the 10 minute car ride home, so I knew they wouldn’t go to waste. It was some of the greens that I was worried about. Andy and I both love a good salad every now and then, but seldom make them at home. I knew that had to change!
The first salad I made was this Strawberry Spinach Salad. I’m loving spinach these days and this recipe was delicious!
I am not usually a fan of salad dressing. In fact, I’m one of those strange people (according to most everyone else I know) who orders salads with NO dressing at restaurants. Every now and then I’ll branch out and order a Caesar salad, but I’m very picky when it comes to those too. When I make a salad at home, instead of dressing, I prefer to dress my salads up with non-nutricious things like cheese and gold fish crackers.
Anyway, this salad dressing is definitely an exception and is so easy to make. Made mostly from strawberry puree, it is sweet, but not too sweet thanks to the champagne vinegar. Add more strawberry slices and crunchy almonds (one of my new favorite snacks) on top and you just might have my new favorite salad!
Strawberry Spinach Salad
For the dressing:
1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
3 T champagne vinegar
1 T sugar
Pinch of salt
For the salad:
Baby spinach leaves, rinsed and dried
Sliced almonds, for topping
Sliced fresh strawberries, for topping
1. In a food processor, combine the strawberries, champagne vinegar, sugar and salt. Process until the mixture is well combined and completely smooth. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use.
2. To serve, drizzle baby spinach leaves with the strawberry salad dressing. Top with sliced almonds and strawberries. Serve immediately.