Monday, July 18, 2011

Summertime Spinach Salad

I love a good summer salad.  I love it even better if it is good for you!  This one caught my eye because it has fresh spinach (love that), strawberries (oh boy), and bananas (what!)  The combo is great and the dressing pulls it altogether.  My husband would disagree, he thought the bananas and the vinegar in the dressing was too much.  You be the judge.  I think it's a great side to any of your summertime grilled meat :)
Summertime Spinach Salad
½ cup vegetable oil ( I use canola)
¼ cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons cider or red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sugar
1-½ teaspoons ground mustard
½ teaspoon salt
1-½ teaspoons poppy seeds
8 cups torn fresh spinach
3 green onions, sliced
2 pints fresh strawberries sliced
3 large bananas cut into ½ inch slices
½ cup slivered almonds, toasted (it works fine if they are not toasted too)
Place the first six ingredients into a blender or food processor; cover and process until the sugar is dissolved. Add the poppy seeds; process just until blended. In a salad bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Drizzle with dressing; toss to coat. Serve immediately. 14 servings.

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