celebration of spring strawberries salad!

capture the season with this spinach/strawberry salad...

capture the season with this spinach/strawberry salad…

a favorite spring ingredient…strawberries!
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Recipe type: salad
Author: elena
Prep time: 20 mins
Total time: 20 mins
Serves: 4-6
inspired by freshly harvested spinach, baker & olive strawberry balsamic and spring strawberries…
Ingredients
  • 8 cups loosely packed fresh spinach
  • (i grew “bloomsdale” variety, but any baby spinach will work)
  • 1 pint ripe but firm strawberries
  • 3 oz. plain goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup unsalted and toasted pistachios (or roasted/candied nut of your choice)
  • 2 tablespoons baker & olive CASTELVETRANO EVOO or other EVOO
  • 1 tablespoon baker & olive strawberry balsamic (such a bright flavor!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • OPTIONAL: firm but ripe avocado slices; chunks of mexican papaya; quick pickled onions or radishes
Instructions
  1. wash and dry spinach; place in large bowl
  2. core and slice strawberries; add to spinach
  3. crumble goat cheese over top of salad
  4. add pistachios (or nuts of your choice)
  5. in a small jar shake strawberry balsamic with dijon mustard
  6. add EVOO and shake well to emulsify
  7. (salad can be assembled to this point and covered tightly/chilled)
  8. *when ready to serve, drizzle oil/vinegar mixture over salad and toss lightly
  9. NOTE: you can make this a main dish salad by adding grilled or poached chicken; seared or broiled ahi; or roasted tofu cubes.
  10. i added some 4th of july rose petals for extra color!