Best Spring Salad. Ever. Spinach, Strawberries and Feta.

6 05 2009

I love it when Spring finally arrives in Norway. It usually happens around my birthday, May 1. That’s pretty late when you are from Houston where spring starts sometime in December. Needless to say, when the days start getting longer and warmer, I start changing my menus. Around this time in Norway, we start getting strawberries from Spain. They are pretty good, not as good as the Norwegian ones of course, but they do the job. My berry buying frenzy begins in April and goes through July. At this point, we have already had strawberry shortcake several times in the last week, and as you already know, countless number of berry cobblers!

I first discovered the Spinach Strawberry salad a few years ago. It really is an amazing salad. The sweetness of the strawberries is a perfect balance to the saltiness of the Feta. You really cannot go wrong. Unless of course you just don’t like spinach, strawberries or Feta, then I suppose that yes, you could go wrong with this salad.

As usual, if you go to Recipezaar, you will find many recipes for the salad, I have adapted the one we use to fit nicely into my diabetic lifestyle. So here is what you will need:

1 pack of baby spinach (fresh)

1 pint of strawberries

a hunk of Feta (the more fat the better)

a handful of toasted nuts. I used pine nuts and almond slivers

thinly sliced red onion

For the dressing:

a few TBL of red wine vinegar (or raspberry)

1/3 cup of canola oil

1 tsp of dried mustard powder

Splenda to taste

Throw it into a jar and shake it really well.

That’s it. The salad is beautiful and comes together in such a pretty way:

beautiful colors

beautiful colors

Adding the onion and toasted nuts

Adding the onion and toasted nuts

Toss it with the dressing

Toss it with the dressing

Enjoy!!

Enjoy!!

I hope some of you decide to make this! It truly has become one of our favorites and a spring/summer standby here in our house!

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