Strawberry and fresh Spinach just speaks of a cool break in the middle of the summer heat. The deeper into summer we go, the hotter it gets. I have already ‘glistened’ enough over the stove canning this year to cause a flood in a desert. The last thing I want to do is turn the oven on for baking of any kind.
So, I encourage the Country Boy to fire up the grill and I head to the refrigerator and pantry to find the coolest ingredients to work with. (Okay. I admit it. I do stand in front of the open refrigerator a little longer than necessary, but hey! A girls gotta do whatever it takes to stay cool!) So, as usual, I am sharing my latest – and one of the easiest – salads you can prepare. They just don’t come much easier than this!
Strawberry Spinach Salad
Enough fresh Spinach for the number of people you are serving
Strawberries, washed, ‘topped’ and sliced
Feta Cheese crumbles
You choose – either candied or praline pecans, walnuts or cashews
Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette*
Wash and dry spinach and place in a bowl. Add sliced strawberries, cheese and nuts. Serve with a carafe of dressing.
Finding Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette was impossible. So, I just concocted my own. I started with a bottle of Ken’s Steak House Balsamic Vinaigrette, and poured some in a pint Mason jar – about half way full. I then began pouring a little honey at a time, until it tasted just sweet enough without being too sugary. I then capped the jar and shook it up until well blended. Place in the refrigerator until ready to use, then shake again before serving.
Want to add another touch of fresh deliciousness to your salad? Mix up a big pitcher of Lemonade to go with it!