Monday, 11 July 2016

Quick and Easy Strawberry Asparagus Spinach Salad in Poppy Seed Dressing

I didn't fancy making a cake or muffins with the strawberries coming from my garden and then I remembered strawberry spinach salads.  

Well its been over 10 years I have been reading about Strawberry Spinach Salad in cookbooks, hearing about it from foodie friends and seeing it  on blogosphere, yet never tried it until the the weekend and since Saturday we have had it three times.  yes three times including today.
Of course, I had to make some of my own tweaks to the recipe that I eye-balled, the asparagus for a start.
A while back my sister in law had gifted me with a bottle of strawberry vinaigrette, its really easy to make at home, but nicer to be given one - makes a quick and easy recipe even easier.  If you don't have either, you can easily substitute it with sherry vinegar or white wine vinegar, it will still taste good,  just wont be as sweet.
It really was quite something special.  The strawberries maintained their firmness, yet the outer softened a little taking on the zing from the vinaigrette.  I'd even say it was quite delicious, hence the reason we have had it again and again.  Only thing, the rest of the day we were feeling poppy seeds in between our teeth, so don't forget to floss before you go to bed at night.  


As this Quick and easy bowl of strawberry salad contains fruit and leafy greens: spinach and rocket from my garden (minus the asparagus), I am sharing it with  Harvest Monday is hosted by Dave over Our Happy Acres ; Inheritance Recipes co hosted by Solange at Pebble Soup and Coffee and Vanilla as this will now indeed be in my recipe book and one I will share with family and friends; and  finally Hearth and Soul Hop hosted by April and Swathi; and Recipe of the Week.

Strawberry Asparagus Spinach Salad in Poppy Seed Dressing

Serves 4 as a side
Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing
2 tablespoons strawberry; raspberry vinaigrette (or sherry or white wine vinegar)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oi
1 teaspoon poppy seeds
Salt and pepper to taste
For the Salad
60g strawberries, hulled and sliced into quarters
100g baby leaf spinach, washed 
40g rocket, washed
Optional' Asparagus spears, cooked and sliced into half
Method
For the dressing
In a small bowl, whisk all the ingredients together and set aside.
For the salad
Toss everything into a large bow, then carefully drizzle over the dressing, and toss well to coat all the leafy greens, asparagus and strawberries.
Serve immediately 


16 comments:

  1. I love the touch of strawberry added to this salad! Must recreate this soon.

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    1. You must Adi, it really is delicious.

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  2. Looks like a refreshing summer meal! Pinned.

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    1. Thank you Jamie. = Refreshing indeed.

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  3. I love a fresh spinach salad, and this sounds yummy! I have some raspberry balsamic vinegar that would probably be good for this too.

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    1. Def. will work - yum raspberry balsamic vinegar - a real treat

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  4. I love strawberries and spinach in salad - have done it a few times and love it - tried it with cashew cheese and also I made one with chocolate vinaigrette - but must be special with strawberries from your own garden!

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    1. Yes I have seen some on your blog, will have to check out the one with chocolate vinaigrett, can you share the link please.

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  5. This sounds really delicious. I'm loving salads with fruit in them at the moment :-)

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    1. I was really surprised at how much we loved this, def. one to make time and time again, esp. with seasonal homegrown fruit

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  6. Oh I really love strawberry & spinach salad. I have made it many a time. I can only imagine how amazing it would be with strawberries from your own garden! That's so cool.
    And the asparagus is a nice touch :)

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    1. Thanks Kimmy. Def. a treat from the garden.

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  7. I can eat this salad everyday Shaheen. thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning and tweeting.

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  8. Strawberries and balsamic vinegar make such a great combo. Thank you for sharing this summery salad with #InheritanceRecipes.

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    1. Thank you Margot. I totally enjoy participating in Inheritance Recipes and will surely join in again this month

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