When I think of springtime recipes I think of salads: pasta salads, Caesar salads, fruit salads, dessert salads—even the occasional Jell-O salad. (This is Utah after all!) One of my newest favorites is a green salad with spinach leaves, spring mix greens, sugar-glazed walnuts, sliced strawberries, feta cheese, red onion (if I’m feeling a little crazy) and a delicious homemade poppy seed dressing. Once you try this salad there’s a pretty good chance it will become your newest favorite too.
Note: Except for the dressing, I don’t have specific quantities for each item. It’s more of a “to taste” recipe. Love strawberries? Add more. Hate strawberries? Try raspberries and blackberries instead. Not a fan of feta? Leave it out. As for the dressing, that’s not optional. That combined with the walnuts is what makes this salad.
Strawberry & Walnut Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
Strawberries, thinly sliced
Sugar-glazed walnuts (recipe below)
1/4 cup diced red onion (optional)
2 cups walnut halves
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
For walnuts, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet. In a 1-quart microwave-safe bowl, combine walnuts, sugar and water. Cook in microwave on high for about 8 minutes or until sugar has caramelized. Stir several times while cooking. Pour onto prepared baking sheet and separate into pieces. Bake 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool completely. (Store extra walnuts in an airtight container.)
For salad, place all salad ingredients in a large serving bowl. Toss with dressing just before serving.
1/2 cup Heinz Gourmet Salad Vinegar
1 tsp dry mustard powder
3/4-inch slice of a red or yellow onion, minced super fine
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 T poppy seeds
3/4 cup organic sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
Place vinegar, mustard powder, sea salt, poppy seeds, sugar and oil in a blender and process until smooth. Warning: This poppy seed dressing is addictive. You may find yourself putting it over every salad and even licking it from your fingers.
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