Monday, July 25, 2016

Strawberry spinach salad recipe

This strawberry spinach salad is pretty popular around my house! It's definitely a summertime favorite! My mom came across the recipe somewhere on the internet years ago (if you know the original source, please let me know!) and I've made a few changes to the original recipe so it tastes even better! 

The salad is full of flavor and the perfect side to just about any dish! I hope if you give it a try you'll like it!
Easy strawberry spinach salad
The salad itself is pretty simple, just these four ingredients!
Toasted pecans
I start off by chopping (or you can buy pre-chopped pecans) and placing them on a baking sheet. Toasting them in the oven helps to bring out the toasty goodness of the pecans and give the salad so much more flavor! 

Toasting the pecans first gives them enough time to cool down while you prepare everything else.
Smoked Gouda cheese
Next dice the cheese.
Strawberries
Wash the strawberries.
Strawberries
Slice or dice the strawberries into bite sized pieces. If you're using big strawberries, you might want to dice them, otherwise with smaller strawberries you could just slice them. However you prefer to eat them!Easy strawberry spinach salad
The dressing is pretty simple too; just a couple of ingredients mixed together!
Easy strawberry spinach salad
And the salad is ready!
Easy strawberry spinach salad
Strawberry Spinach Salad
For the salad
1 5oz sized package of spinach
1 1/2 cups pecan pieces
3/4 cup smoked Gouda cheese*
2 cups chopped strawberries

*I buy the smoked Gouda cheese in the deli section of the grocery store and ask for about a 1 inch chunk.

1. Preheat the oven to 350°. 

2. Chop the pecans into pieces and spread out on a small baking sheet. Toast for about 6 minutes or until they start to smell toasted and look slightly browned. Set aside to cool.

3. Slice and dice the cheese, set aside.

4. Rinse or wash the strawberries in a produce wash, then pat dry with a towel. Cut strawberries into slices or cubes (whichever you prefer).

5. Place spinach in a large bowl, then top with strawberries, Gouda cheese, and the toasted pecans.

For the dressing
3 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
A little over 1/4 tsp. ground ginger

1. Stir until everything is combined.

And that's it! Pretty simple! Enjoy!

4 comments:

  1. This salad looks so yummy! I am definitely going to try it! I love fruit on my salad!

    Thanks for linking up to Grace + Lace!

    Sarah
    http://mybowsandclothes.blogspot.com/

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  2. It is! We eat it pretty much every week all summer long at my house. Throw some grilled chicken on top and it's a great meal!
    Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. You should try it! :) I hope you'll like it!

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