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Spinach and Strawberry Salad with Homemade Poppyseed Dressing

Spinach and strawberry salad - TheGreenbacksGal

As summer winds down, it’s time to make the most of the produce that is still available. For many of us, that includes strawberries and spinach.

Spinach and Strawberry Salad pairs strawberries and spinach to create a simple, tasty and refreshing side dish. It can be made into a main dish salad by adding a few strips of grilled chicken.

If you’ve never tried strawberries and spinach together, you might be surprised by how well they complement one another. Besides this salad, I like to use strawberries and spinach together in my green smoothies. The strawberries are an excellent way to hide the green flavor of spinach. In fact, they work so well you might not know there are any green leaves in the smoothie at all (except that it looks green!).

Back to the salad . . .

Poppy seeds make this salad visually interesting and provide an extra dose of minerals.

The spinach is nutrient-dense and gives us a healthy boost of vitamin K, carotenes, vitamin C, iron, folic acid, and B vitamins.

Strawberries add a delightfully sweet taste while providing vitamin C and K, dietary fiber, and flavonoids (which help fight inflammation, cancer, and heart disease).

Almonds add a little protein and fat as well as a nice crunch.

Spinach and Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Ingredients

For Salad:

1 bunch fresh spinach leaves
1 pint strawberries
1/4 cup sliced almonds
3 tablespoons crumbled Feta cheese, optional

For Dressing:

1/4 cup honey
1/2 tablespoon poppy seeds
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1/4 cup sunflower or olive oil
1/8 cup red wine vinegar
1/8 teaspoon paprika

Method

Wash strawberries and slice into quarters. Set aside.

Wash spinach and spin in a salad spinner to dry off the leaves (wet leaves don’t hold onto dressing very well).

Decide of you will make the salad in one large bowl or on individual plates. Either way, the spinach leaves go in first.

Lay spinach leaves on plate or bowl.

Place strawberries evenly over the spinach leaves.

Sprinkle sliced almonds and Feta cheese over the stop.

Homemade Poppyseed Dressing The Natural Green Mom

Place all dressing ingredients in a jar, cover tightly with a lid and shake jar vigorously, until dressing is well blended and has a somewhat creamy consistency. The dressing can also be made in a blender, just add all the ingredients and blend.

Drizzle dressing over salad.

Spinach and Strawberry Salad Whole Food Side Dish

Optional addition:

Try toasting the nuts briefly in a skillet before making the salad (give them time to cool off). It will add a nice extra crunch and a stronger nutty flavor. 

Have you ever tried strawberries and spinach together?

Stacy is a preacher’s wife and homeschool mom. She loves creating her own natural skin care and herbal remedies and is pretty much obsessed with all things DIY. Stacy is intent on creating a happy, healthy home and strives to encourage other moms through her blog, A Delightful Home.

Agua de Pepino

Here’s a healthy drink post with thanks to Katie of Nourishing Simplicity.

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A glass full of an icy beverage hits the spot on a hot day. The Americas, specifically Mexico and Central America, are famous for their “Aguas Frescas” (fresh waters). These cool and refreshing drinks are water blended with fruits, vegetables, grains or flowers, sweetened with sugar. You can stop at almost any taqueria in Mexico for a carne asada taco and buy a cup of Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus) and  Agua de Horchata (Rice and Cinnamon). Then there are the less common ones, like Agua de Melon (Cantaloupe), Agua de Sandia (Watermelon) and Agua de Pepino (Cucumber).

Today I want to introduce you to Agua de Pepino, a cool and refreshing drink flavored with cucumber and lime juice. Unlike the traditional version that is loaded with cane sugar, this twist is sweetened with just a touch of raw honey. For those of you that think drinking cucumber is weird  ~ just try it! You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Agua de Pepino is the perfect pick me up when you want to sip on something that is refreshing and  just a bit sweet!

Agua de Pepino

1  english cucumber, peeled
¼ cup raw honey
¼ cup lime juice. freshly squeezed
6 cups of water

  1. Peel the cucumber.
  2. Quarter the cucumber and place in a blender.
  3. Add the lime juice, raw honey and water.
  4. Blend on high for 2 minutes are until smooth.
  5. Strain though a fine mesh colander or cheese cloth to remove the plulp.
  6. Put in the fridge until completely chilled or serve over ice.

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Have you ever had an Agua Fresca? What is your favorite flavor?