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Sesame & Poppy Seed Spinach, Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad

Written By: Chris - Aug• 29•13

Sesame & Poppy Seed Spinach, Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad

The other night Bill asked for a strawberry and spinach salad with Feta cheese.  I actually had forgotten to take some of the cow’s milk feta out of the freezer the night before and only had goat cheese thawed out on hand in the fridge, so that is what I used!  I really like the flavor of sesame, so I changed up my normal poppy seed dressing a bit.

This is a simple way to incorporate fresh spinach into your diet.  The fresh strawberries add a brightness and you get a creamy punch from the cheese.  The crunch and sweetness of the nuts makes this salad quite a treat!

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Ingredients:

2 Cups Spinach
3/4 Cup Strawberries
1/3 Cup Candied Nuts
2 oz. Goat Cheese, crumbled

Dressing:
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
1/4 Cup Sugar
1/4 Cup Vinegar
1 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
2 Tablespoons Vedelia Onions, minced
2 Tablespoons Sesame Seeds, toasted
2 Tablespoons Poppy Seeds
1 Teaspoon Sweet Paprika
Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper, to taste

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Prepare the dressing by chopping the onions and combining them with all of the ingredients except the vegetable oil.  If your sesame seeds are raw, toast in a dry pan over medium heat, tossing frequently.  Mix well until all of the sugar is incorporated.

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Using a Whisk or a shaker blend in the vegetable oil.  Shake well before serving.

You can either toss the spinach and strawberries with the nuts, cheese and dressing or line the plate in layers.  I put the spinach on the bottom, top with strawberries, then the cheese and chopped nuts.  Drizzle with your desired amount of dressing.

(I always keep these on hand for dressing up salads!  They are wonderful!)

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This salad was served along side of simple Tilapia and couscous with a beautiful glass of CROZE (Gary Wooton) 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon!

Enjoy!

Cheers!
~Chris

 

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