June 1, 2011

One of My Favorites: Spinach & Strawberry Salad

There is not much better when it comes to a good meal, than one that comes from your own garden.  Even when my garden isn't producing spinach and strawberries like crazy, I love to make this salad.  It's healthy, light, sweet and tangy, with lots of different textures for your palate.  I have this at least once a week when my garden is producing...Sometimes I add grilled chicken, sometimes I don't.  It's fabulous either way.

1 large bowl (or bag) fresh spinach leaves, washed and chopped
1 c. chopped strawberries
1 c. candied almonds (so easy to make...see below)
1 avocado, diced
grilled chicken breast (or go vegetarian and leave out)
freshly shaved parmesan cheese (to taste)
Salt & Pepper (to taste)
Briana's Blush Wine Vinagraigrette (NO SUBSTITUTES)  Watch for a review of more of Brianna's dressings coming up....
Toss all ingredients together, add dressing to taste - I like to do this at the table at the very last minute so the spinach doesn't get soggy.  Serve with cheese toast or crusty bread.

Candied Almonds:
1 C. Chopped Raw Almonds
1 TBS. butter
1 TBS. sugar

Melt butter in large saute pan.  Add almonds and stir to coat.  Sprinkle sugar and sitr almonds over med-high heat, about 3 minutes.  Watch closely - the sugar will melt and the granules will disappear.  As soon as this happens, remove from heat, and let cool.  Toss into salads or eat plain!

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