Tuesday, March 2, 2010

All things spring...in one salad...

Yesterday really felt like spring! As all our neighborhood kids were out side playing, I actually thought I could smell a hint of chlorine in the air, and the days of swimming pools, barbeque's, popsicles and flip flops seemed so close I could...well...smell it!

So logically I had to post this salad recipe! Ok, so maybe it's not logical to anyone else, but this salad just screams spring to me. Strawberries start to come in season around March-ish and when the grocery stores start to stock them in droves, with the prices plummeting every week...I know that spring in right around the corner.

On a side note, I have to mention that I got this yummy salad recipe from my dear friend Dee VanCleeve. She was my boss when I was in high school and worked my first professional "office" job. Dee took me under her wing and taught me everything I needed to know about business. And in one year she went from being my boss to becoming a dear friend. We kept in touch for almost 13 years, until she passed away from cancer several years ago. She was one classy lady that had a huge impact on my life!

(Recipe from Dee VanCleeve)

16 oz. fresh spinach
1 ripe avocado; diced
1 pt. fresh strawberries; sliced
2 bananas; sliced
2 green onions; sliced
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
toasted pine nuts (optional)

1. Clean spinach and tear into bite size pieces.
2. Place on 4 salad plates and top with fresh sliced fruit, green onions, & pine nuts
3. Drizzle with poppy seed dressing.


¾ C. sugar
1 t. dry mustard
1 t. salt
1/ 3 C. red wine vinegar (apple cider vinegar can also be used)
½ small onion; diced
1 C. vegetable oil
2 T. poppy seeds

1. Combine all the ingredients, except the poppy seeds, in a blender or food processor.
2. Blend for 1-2 minutes until well combined.
3. Add the poppy seeds and pulse once or twice.
4. Store in the refrigerator until use.

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Shelby said...

Not only is it pretty, it looks delicious!

Simply Life said...

oh what a perfect salad!

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