Monday, April 12, 2010

Berry Spectacular Salad

Oh my, the sheer joy of Spring-time and delectable strawberries!
Like me, are you inspired by the freshest of all foods this time of the year? Strawberries are both bountiful and versatile, pairing well with almost anything. One of my favorite combos is fresh oranges and strawberries. Try them in this delish Strawberry-Spinach Salad and I promise, you too will be singing!
Begin by:
Melting 2 Tbsp. butter, add 4 Tbsp. of brown sugar, and 8 ounces (1 cup) slivered almonds. Stir constantly, watching carefully as they will burn easily.When they look toasted and candied....
like this...remove from heat...
spread out on parchment paper and let cool.
Make the dressing by combining rice vinegar, sugar or substitute, orange juice concentrate, salt and pepper, and canola oil.
You may whisk it together or I like to use my immersion blender for a frothy, creamy dressing.
Combine spinach, romaine, and green onions. Toss with dressing, strawberries and oranges and garnish with candied almonds.
Strawberry-Spinach Salad
  • 1 bag snipped fresh spinach
  • 1 head of romaine, washed, dried, and torn into bite size pieces
  • 12 sliced strawberries
  • 2 sliced fresh oranges
  • 1 bunch of sliced green onions, (some of the green tops too)
  • 2 tsp. butter
  • 4 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
Orange Delight Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar ( I like seasoned rice vinegar)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (or sugar substitute like stevia, I use about 1/2 dropper-full)
  • 2 Tbsp. frozen orange juice concentrate
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup canola oil
In a saucepan saute melted butter and add brown sugar. Stir almonds constantly to toast and sugar coat. Be careful they will burn! Cool on parchment paper. Prepare greens and place in a in a large salad bowl. Add strawberries, oranges, green onions. Just before serving toss with dressing and garnish with almonds before serving.

"Ah-ha": This salad is fabulous topped with sliced, grilled chicken or a grilled salmon fillet. Serve it with a luscious potato-knot-roll (recipe coming soon!) and a scoop of sorbet for a easy, light luncheon.

Wishing you a berry-good week!


  1. Sorry, I made a spelling error in the post I removed. I want to tell you that your salad recipe looks and sounds divine. I will certainly try it out. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Love this recipe! I've done chili powder spiced pecans on this salad. Dropping by from BNOTP.

  3. Visiting from TGC...Oh bless you for posting this!
    It looks SOOOO YUMMY! My only problem is that I'm about 30 minutes from a grocery store and it's pouring outside :( So I will just sit and drool while staring at the!

  4. Great recipe for spring and summer. Love the dressing. Thanks so much...I'm glad I stopped by!

    Happy Met Monday!


  5. How delightful! This sounds so good and is so pretty, too! I always enjoy seeing what you're up to

  6. Hi, I popped over to visit from the 2010 Ultimate Blog party. What gorgeous photos! And the salad looks delish too! Have a GREAT week. :)

  7. Stopping by from the Ultimate Blog Party, I LOVE strawberries!!!

  8. That looks delicious! I love salads with fruit, particularly strawberries, in them!

    Hope you have a great time this week meeting other bloggers and forming new networks with the Ultimate Blog Party. I'd love for you to stop by and say hi when you get the chance!

  9. I love strawberry salad. This one looks awesome! Stopping from UBP!

  10. Yum! I'll remember this the next time I have fresh spinach on hand. I think it would work with other salad greens too, right?

  11. Hi!
    That looks so yummy!! I love salad and am always looking for a better way to have it besides just lettuce. Have a great day!

    A View of My Life

  12. I adore this time of year for it's bounty of new and fresh! Your salad looks delightful and tasty! Thanks for sharing the recipe!


  13. Just wanted to let you know, I am now following your blog. I really enjoy your posts. I especially like your holiday pretzel treats...can't wait to make some. Have a great day.

  14. Hi, this looks delicious!! Thank you for joining my community on Blog Frog :) I look forward to learning more about you :)
    {shopper gal}

  15. That's one of my favorite salads. GREAT pics!

  16. Hi there! Nice to meet you! I'm stopping by via UBP. I loved reading your blog! I'll be sure to visit again! Your berry salad looks amazing!!!!!!!!! i want one!

    I hope you can stop by our blog: is a mom owned newly launched site.

  17. That looks delicious! I can't get enough strawberries right now. I was thinking as I was reading that it would be good with grilled salmon, and then you confirmed it!

    Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours Day. I am definitely bookmarking this recipe!

  18. Hello there~ glad to see you joined in the fun blog party. I am all about a good salad, and fruit too... YUM! Love your cute header too. Jenn

  19. Mercy that looks good! Consider it bookmarked!

  20. Oh MY! That salad looks amazing! That will be on my list to make this week. Thanks so much! Also, thanks for letting me stop by and take a peek at your beautiful blog!

  21. Yummy salads are my favorite in the Spring/Summer! Thanks so much for posting this on Favorite Things Friday!


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