Years ago I was introduced for the first time to a strawberry spinach salad that a guest brought to my in-laws home for Easter dinner. The salad was delicious. I of course snagged the recipe and proceeded to make the salad a lot that year. I made the salad so much I could not stand it any longer. Have you ever made a recipe so much that just could not make it or eat it anymore?
I have not made that recipe for years, likely 14 years. There is a lot of sugar in the recipe, which of course makes it so yummy. However there is just too much sugar! I think about the recipe every once in while, because it really was a great salad. I finally decided to dig the recipe out of the recipe book and try it again after all these years. Altering the recipe to decrease the sugar a ton was a must.
The original recipe that inspired this recipe used about a cup of sugar in the dressing and sugar coated nuts. See what I mean? WAY TOO MUCH SUGAR! I took out most of the sugar. The nuts are not coated with sugar and the dressing just has a smidgen of sugar from maple syrup.
This Strawberry Spinach Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing is a perfect blend of tastes and textures. It’s pretty to look at too! The recipe is for 2 servings. You can make larger quantities, but I find that making too much will just lead to waste. Spinach does not hold up well once you add the dressing. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like mushy spinach!
- 4 cups baby spinach, washed
- 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
- ¼ cup pecans, chopped or halves
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- Pinch of salt, pepper, and dried thyme
- Divide spinach, strawberries, and pecans among two large plates or bowls.
- In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, and seasonings.
- Divide dressing between both salads as desired (you may have extra dressing)
- Serve immediately.