August 13, 2012 by blackbirdideas
I fall into food ruts all the time. I may only want to eat Honey Mustard and Lime Chicken for weeks and then something new will come along and I can’t get enough of that. This especially happens when talking about salads. This past winter I was all about it with Caesar Salad. Then, this spring, I thought I was going to eat so many Caprese salads that I would turn into a tomato (and balsamic and basil). And now I am all ’bout it ’bout it with Quick Spinach and Strawberry Salad.
Its quick because it takes less than 5 minutes and it is spinach and strawberry because… it has spinach and strawberry in it! Amazing right?
Well today was the first day of school and boy, am I tired. I realized that I haven’t worn real shoes in about 10 weeks and if I ever did wear shoes at all… it was brief. So a full 9 + hours at work in wedges did a number on my feet. On days like this, dinner must be quick.
All you need for this recipe is:
*amounts for this recipe depend on how much salad you want to make
salt and pepper
balsamic reduction (either homemade or from a bottle)
Make sure you rinse the spinach and the strawberries and then add the spinach to a large bowl.
Then, slice up your strawberries and add them to the bowl as well. I used about 3 ounces of spinach for a salad for John and I. This came to about 6 strawberries, sliced thinly.
Then, add in the goat cheese. I used about 1 1/2 ounces for our salad. I did my best to crumble it up with my fingers.
Also add in some almonds. Add as many to your liking, but I added in about 1 1/2 ounces.
Then, crack some fresh pepper and sprinkle a little salt over top. Drizzle salad with about a tablespoon of balsamic (or more if you are making a larger salad) and a tablespoon of olive oil (again, more if you are making a larger salad).
Mix salad, but be careful not to overmix or the cheese will get creamy in the spinach and start to spread out.
Then, plate salads and drizzle balsamic reduction on top.
Talk about a salad full of flavor! I could eat this every night. The strawberries and the vinegar give a nice tart taste and the goat cheese (who doesn’t love goat cheese!?) contrasts well with a nice and creamy taste.
I am off to put my barking dogs up (damn wedges) and watch some tv… before going to bed at 8. Boy, life is different in the summer time! Have a great night!
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