Strawberry and Spinach Farmer’s Market Salad

I love this time of year. The farmer’s market is huge and full of so many fresh treasures! I spent the day with my brother and brought home so many delicious treats.

Here is a great salad made from fresh savoy spinach, sweet and juice sweet Anne strawberries, candied walnuts from a local orchard and a homemade strawberry vinaigrette. And it’s delicious!

Ready to try it?

What you need:

  • 4 – 6 cups fresh spinach leaves – cleaned, stemmed and torn into small pieces
  • 8-10 strawberries, sliced

Walnuts

  • ½ cup chopped walnut pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon raw sugar
  • Small pinch of allspice and cinnamon

Vinaigrette

  • ¼ cup good quality olive oil
  • 1/8 cup white wine vinegar
  • 5 large, fresh strawberries
  • 1 lavender blossom (fresh or dried)
  • 2 arugula leaves
  • ½ teaspoon salt

 

How to Do it:

First candy the walnuts. Start by heating a cast iron skillet. Drop the walnuts and butter in and shake the pan until the walnuts begin to be fragrant and start browning lightly. Add the sugar, allspice and cinnamon and continue to cook until the sugar is melted. Remove from the pan and cool.

Next make the dressing. Place all the ingredients for the vinaigrette in a blender and puree until it’s all smooth. Pour into a salad dressing bottle and chill.

                                                               

When you’re ready to eat, toss the spinach, sliced strawberries and walnuts in a large salad bowl. Dress it the way you like it (I only like a little bit) and toss until all the leaves are coated.

Serve cold – a perfect summer side dish!

Makes 4-6 servings

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