Back to blogging - coming up later tonight on your favorite browsers is my Jihva for Ingredients submission - cool and refreshing strawberry and spinach salad! Stay tuned!
Here's presenting the strawberry, spinach & mandarin orange salad! (Yes, I added the mandarin oranges as a last minute thing. They are totally optional)
Baking Fairy is hosting this month. We got invited to go to a lakeside bbq tonight and were asked to bring a covered dish. I decided to make a strawberry and spinach salad as I thought that would be a cool and refreshing treat to everyone. I got home last night with strawberries and spinach, prepped the strawberries (cleaned, hulled, sliced) and spinach (cleaned, dried, chopped) and that is when I remembered the Jihva event. I am just amazed at how little things like this can make me so happy!
Coming to strawberries - unlike last the month's ingredient (the Mango), I do not have any childhood memories associated with strawberries. When I was in India, this fruit (atleast in my region) was not so common. I ate it occasionally with icecream in icecream parlours/shops. When I came to the US, strawberries quickly became one of my favorite fruits in the U.S. People who know me know that whenever I am asked to buy icecream, I always buy either a strawberry or a chocolate icecream. I just love the sweet, succulent strawberries. Though I never eat fast food (McDonalds, Wendys etc) I do indulge in Sonic's strawberry shake once in a while. It is the best :) in my opinion.
This recipe is adapted from many different strawberry and spinach salad recipes out there in the internet world. I modified the recipes along the way to my own taste. It is very simple to make and 90% of the work can be done ahead of time. I am going to be deviating from my usual software, hardware and method style as this is very simple recipe and I don't want to make it look too complicated by adding all that jargon :)!
Put the following together in a large bowl and refrigerate until chilled:
- 2 bunches fresh spinach, cleaned, dried and coarsely chopped into bite sized peices
- 4 cups strawberries, cleaned, hulled and sliced
- one 15 oz can drained mandarin oranges, juice reserved (optional)
- 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp sesame seed oil
- 1/2 cup reserved mandarin orange juice
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1 pinch chilie powder/cayenne pepper
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
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- 1/2 tbsp butter
- 2-3 tbsp brown sugar, packed
- 1 large pinch ground cinnamon
- 1 cup silvered almonds
Pulling everything together
Mix the dressing thoroughly with the first set of ingredients (spinach, strawberries and oranges). Add candied almonds as a topping. Enjoy!
Thank you Baking Fairy for hosting this wonderful Jihva for Strawberries event!