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Fresh spinach creates a great salad

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It was "Popeye's" signature vegetable and most children can't stand it....yet, it's so very good for your health! Of course, I'm talking about spinach. This is one of those vegetables that has mixed acceptance. Many doctors and nutritionists recommend it for those who have low iron in their blood. This vegetable is a real powerhouse of health!

Often spinach is served in a salad. I've come across a great spinach salad recipe that combines it with fresh strawberries. This is called, quite simply, "Strawberry-Spinach Salad." I found this recipe some years ago and was told that whenever it was served, the guests pleaded for the recipe. You may not be a big fan of spinach, but when combined with fresh strawberries and this poppy seed-sesame seed dressing, you may change you mind very quickly! This is also a clever way to get children to eat more green vegetables. But regardless of whether you serve this to children or adults, even if they aren't big on green vegetables, this may encourage them to enjoy fresh spinach and want it more often. Combined with the strawberries, this is a nutrition-rich salad!

Note the amount of sugar in the dressing. While it originally calls for 1/2 cup of sugar, feel free to adjust this according to your personal taste. Personally, I find 1/4 cup to be enough. Also, if you're watching calories or have to avoid sugar, Splenda works very well in this recipe. Note also that olive oil is used in the dressing, too. If you don't have olive oil, feel free to use regular vegetable oil, though the olive oil does lend an interesting taste to this salad.

Since I've mentioned strawberries, I have another recipe that uses them in an interesting combination with pretzels to create a sweet and salty treat. Here's the link to find out more about this recipe:

http://www.examiner.com/baking-in-charlotte/it-s-sweet-and-salty-and-ful...

Enjoy this healthy dish in a delicious and most nutritious way!

STRAWBERRY-SPINACH SALAD

For the salad:

  • 10 oz. Fresh Spinach-chopped, washed, and dried
  • 1 Quart Strawberries, sliced
  • 1/4 C. Blanched Slivered Almonds

For the dressing:

  • 2 Tbls. Sesame Seeds
  • 1 Tbls. Poppy Seeds
  • 1/2 C. Sugar (I only use 1/4 C.--Splenda may be used here, if desired)
  • 1/2 C. Olive Oil (regular vegetable oil may be used)
  • 1/4 C. White Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 Tsp. Paprika
  • 1/4 Tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Tbls. Minced Onions

Whisk together the dressing ingredients and refrigerate until chilled; in a large bowl, combine the spinach, strawberries and almonds; pour the dressing over the salad and toss gently; chill for 10-15 minutes before serving. Serves 4.

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