Friday, May 27, 2011

Shared Recipe: Strawberry Spinach Salad


Thought I would celebrate Memorial Day Weekend by sharing this scrumptious salad recipe with you all.  It is truly a family favorite that has been passed around from family member to family member, and I don't know an occasion or celebration that it doesn't usually end up on the table.  It first was introduced to us all by my mother-in-law, as she is always trying new salad recipes and new dressings...she is so adventurous.  From there, we have all made it, changed it up, made variations, added or taken away ingredients...and it amazes us every time.  And this has been over the course of years people.  This salad is a good one.

It is perfect for summer as strawberries are at their peak in flavor, and the bright red makes this a fun festive accompaniment to any holiday meal.  The salad pictured here does not have the candied pecans in it, but they are a delicious component to this salad when added.   The sweetness from the strawberries and the tang from the dressing really pair together wonderfully.  I'm sharing with you the original recipe...THE best way to enjoy this salad. 

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Hope you get a chance to celebrate our freedom this weekend by cherishing moments with your family and friends.  I am in awe of the courage and sacrifice our service men and woman are displaying on a daily basis and the powerful strength of their family member.  They are willingly fighting the battle of good vs. evil in unimaginable ways, protecting our lives here in this country, protecting our freedom and safety, protecting our happiness and sense of security...ultimately giving of themselves so fully, that we could never repay them.  Knowing that they are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, and we in turn might have a day off from school, make a s'more, play in the water, see cousins or friends we don't often see, make sandcastles at the beach, or sit around a campfire is just about the most humbling thought I can imagine.  

Take a moment to pray for them, to honor them...for what they have done, for what they are doing, and for what they represent.

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Here's the salad recipe.  You will not be disappointed!  Promise!

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Ingredients
One head red leaf lettuce
Spinach...amount is up to you...your preference
Feta cheese...eyeball it
*Glazed/candied pecans...oh my goodness...like eating candy!
Strawberries...sliced, halved...however you like it
*Raspberry Vinaigrette...homemade is so delicious, but THIS is an awesome substitution
*Recipe below


Layer ingredients in this order...
Eyeballing the amount of each...
However you prefer it...
Lettuce/Spinach
Feta
Dress with dressing...
Lightly toss...
Strawberries
Pecans


Dressing
1/2 c. raspberry vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 medium clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
freshly ground pepper to taste
3/4 c. canola or vegetable oil

I usually empty all these ingredients into an old peanut butter jar with a lid and give it a shimmy shake.  Ya know, up and down, side to side, jumping all around.  It's a good time, and it gets the job done.


Candied Pecans

3 cups whole pecan halves

2 tablespoons butter or margarine

½ cup light corn syrup

½ cup sugar, divided use

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon



1. Preheat oven to 250* F
2. Place pecans in 13x9x2 inch baking pan.  Bake for 5 minutes.
3. In a 2 quart saucepan melt butter over medium heat.  Stir in corn syrup, ¼ cup of the sugar and cinnamon.  Stirring constantly, bring to boil over medium heat.  Boil without stirring for 5 minutes.
4. Pour hot syrup over pecans, stirring constantly to coat evenly.
5. Return to oven and bake, stirring several times, for 1 hour.
6. Remove from oven and sprinkle with remaining ¼ cup sugar; toss to coat evenly.
7. Store in tightly closed container.
Makes 3 cups.

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4 comments:

  1. Hmmm...that looks delicious! I've made a similar salad that my SIL first made from the Taste of Home website.

    Hope you enjoy your holiday weekend as well! Thanks for the reminder!

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  2. YUMMY! That salad sounds amazing, and so fresh for this time of year! I love your food posts ... and love your beautiful thoughts on Memorial Day. Blessings on you today, sister!!! Jules

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  3. oh my gosh, that looks so good. YUM! must try this;)

    YOURS, MINE AND OURS

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  4. That looks so good. I'd love for you to link this up over at my {wow me} wednesday link party going on over on my blog right now. :) Following from Fingerprints on the Fridge. :)

    Ginger
    gingersnapcrafts.blogspot.com

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