Do you like salads? When I was younger, I couldn’t stand them! And when I had to eat them, I loaded them up with tons of croutons and drenched the whole thing with tons of bad for you salad dressings. They certainly weren’t good for me! But now, I really appreciate the amazing flavors that a fresh salad contain. And I particularly enjoy salads during the warmer months of the year. So this year, I have been experimenting with different salads to see how my taste buds respond. This spinach strawberry salad was one of the first I made.
I made this salad for the first time about a month ago. I had seen others combine the sweet and savory tastes in salads and other dishes and figured that I would go ahead and try it out. Since strawberries were plentiful, I wanted to see how the combination of the berries, goat cheese, pine nuts and balsamic vinaigrette worked. I actually went and purchased some local strawberries to use in this salad…and they were so sweet and yummy! If you have the chance to buy strawberries locally during berry season, do it! They are so much better than store bought any day!
These ingredients really work well together and created a sweet and savory taste sensation. You don’t have to use spinach as your green for this salad. It also works with a nice organic spring mix too!
The beautiful thing about this recipe is that you make it according to your taste….so add as much cheese, as many pine nuts or strawberries as you like!
- Spinach or spring mix
- 2-3 strawberries, sliced
- goat cheese, crumbled (feta works too!)
- Pine nuts
- Balsamic vinaigrette
- Place the spinach on a salad plate or bowl.
- Top with sliced strawberries, pine nuts and goat cheese.
- Drizzle on vinaigrette.