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Spinach & Strawberry Salad with Rose’ Dressing

Written By: Chris - Dec• 17•12

As you may know, I prepare dishes typically with based with what ingredients that I have on hand in my fridge and/or pantry.  Although I’ve posted a strawberry and spinach salad recipe in the past, I thought I would share this version because you’ll see how easy it is to change things up in an effort of not getting tired of any particular ingredient or dish!  I try to incorporate as much fresh spinach into our diet as possible, so this was a terrific alternative in flavor.

As part of a dinner we recently shared, we had planned to start our meal with a “treat”!  Bill had just received a shipment of a very nice Rose’ from one of my favorite wine makers Mitch Cosentino!  I truly enjoyed this wine!  Though I am typically a red wine drinker, I liked the crisp, light sweet notes and it paired perfectly with the salad because the dressing contained some of the rose’ within!  This was a Christmas Holiday Celebration, so I felt that the Rose’ and the Salad were very festive looking and with the sweetness of the candied nuts, were a nice addition to the tablescape!

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Ingredients:

2 Cups fresh Strawberries
4 Cups fresh Spinach
2 Green Onions, sliced

Dressing:
1 Tablespoon White Vinegar
3 Tablespoons Rose’ Wine
1/3 Cup Sugar
1 Teaspoon Sesame Oil
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 Tablespoon Poppy Seeds
1 Tablespoon Sesame Seeds
1/2 Teaspoon Paprika

Candied Walnuts
1 Cup Walnuts
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
pinch of Kosher Salt

Start by preparing these very easy candied walnuts; “Toast” the raw walnuts over medium heat – tossing frequently until browned.  Remove from pan and set aside.  Sprinkle the brown sugar directly into a non stick pan over low heat until melted.

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Turn off the heat and add the walnuts to the melted brown sugar.  Toss and turn until the nuts are coated evenly.  Spread onto parchment paper and separate as much as possible with a spatula before they begin to cool.  Be careful, the sugar is very hot!

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Once cooled, break apart.  These can be stored in an air tight container for several days.

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Wash and de-stem the strawberries before slicing.  Combine them with the spinach and green onion.

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Combine the ingredients for the dressing in a shaker container.  Add the nuts and a light coating of the dressing, tossing just before serving!  You may have left over dressing. 

Enjoy!

Cheers!
~Chris

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