Friday, April 15, 2011

Strawberry Spinach Dinner Salad

Lately, the blogging world has been all abuzz with lighter recipes.  Salads, fresh fruit, and tender green vegetables are making their way in along with the warmer weather.  I'm so glad.  As much as I like the braised meats, soups, and heavy flavors of fall and winter, I'm always ready for spring's bright and fresh fare.

I saw this salad on Annie's blog just a few days ago.  She made it as a very simple salad really highlighting the strawberries, but I automatically knew I wanted to beef (chicken?) it up a bit and make it a meal.  Of course, like everything else from Annie's blog, it was perfect.  Just divine.  We will absolutely be having this many, many times throughout the spring and summer.  In fact, I can't wait to share it with all my family and friends when I visit them!

Strawberry Spinach Dinner Salad
adapted from Annie's Eats

For the dressing:
1 c. fresh strawberries, sliced
2 1/2 TBSP apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 TBSP champagne or white wine 
1 TBSP granulated sugar
pinch of salt

For the salad:
baby spinach leaves, rinsed and dried
1 c. sliced fresh strawberries
2 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped
1 c. crumbled goat cheese
1 c. walnuts, toasted and chopped

1.  To make the dressing, combine the strawberries, vinegar, champagne, sugar and salt in a blender or food processor.  Process until the mixture is well combined and completely smooth.  Transfer to an airtight bottle or container and refrigerate until ready to use.

2.  To serve, portion baby spinach leaves out on four salad plates.  Drizzle with the strawberry champagne vinaigrette.  Top with strawberries, chicken, cheese, and walnuts.  Serve immediately.

three years ago: A sweet story and my very best chocolate chip cookies.


Amy (Sing For Your Supper) said...

So I guess this is the delicious salad I could have sampled if only we lived closer? *sigh* I may just have to move! ;)

Kelsey said...

This is the one, Amy! Next time I'm in DFW we should get together and make it. And a whole bunch of other things for that matter!

cookies and cups said...

I love this!!
Why oh why do I not make such delicious, yet healthy meals?
we had tacos last night (hangs head in shame)

That Girl said...

I threw some strawberries on a salad last week and my husband kept racing adult how awesome the salad was. So now I've been throwing them on all our salads!

Sherri said...

Looks fabulous and summery. Will have to make this soon!

Kathleen said...

This looks like the perfect spring dinner! Delicious and healthy!

Annie said...

So glad you enjoyed this Kelsey! Definitely one of my favorite salads. I love your adaptation :)