Strawberry Spinach Salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad

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.

Strawberry Spinach Salad

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!

Strawberry Spinach Salad
 
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Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Divide spinach, strawberries, and pecans among two large plates or bowls.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, and seasonings.
  3. Divide dressing between both salads as desired (you may have extra dressing)
  4. Serve immediately.

 

Strawberry Spinach Salad

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