Strawberry and Spinach Salad
This is one of my favorite salads. It is perfect for a summer dinner or brunch. The sweet dressing and pretty strawberries make it seem like a dessert. You can add grilled or poached chicken and cubed avocado to make it into a meal as well.
In a large bowl combine:
1 pound washed spinach leaves
*1 pint of sliced washed strawberries
about 1/2 cup Poppy Seed Dressing (which follows)
Poppy Seed Dressing (makes 1 cup)
In a small saucepan, over low heat melt:
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup rice vinegar
Once sugar has dissolved, remove pan from heat and whisk in:
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds
1/2 cup corn or vegetable oil
Refrigerate dressing until ready to serve.
*In addition to using strawberries, I have also used blueberries and added blackberries to the strawberries to give the salad more color.