Good Food: Strawberry Spinach Salad with Almonds & Goat Cheese

Good Food: Strawberry Spinach Salad with Almonds & Goat Cheese

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Strawberry Spinach Salad with Almonds and Goat Cheese

Here is a nice recipe I found on: http://foodess.com

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Toasted Almonds & Goat Cheese on Foodess

This dressing has a secret ingredient – Worcestershire sauce. My mom’s version calls for a lot of it – there’s even a scribbling at the top of her recipe, “Note: amount of Worcestershire not a mistake”. I think hers called for something like 1/2 cup – granted, it yields a large amount.

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Toasted Almonds & Goat Cheese on Foodess

Worcestershire sauce is based on a tangy blend of malt vinegar, molasses, tamarind, sugar, anchovies, onion and garlic – really, it makes perfect sense for a vinaigrette. And while it has a distinct aroma in the bottle, you really can’t detect it in the salad.

The other components of the dressing are grated onion (in a small amount, but not negotiable – it’s very important!), sugar, oil, pungent white vinegar and crunchy poppyseeds. It’s quite sweet – it really enhances the strawberries and takes the earthy edge off of the raw spinach.

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Toasted Almonds and Goat Cheese on Foodess

Toasted almonds and creamy cheese add textural interest. To toast almonds, spread on a baking sheet in a 350 degree oven and bake for about 6 minutes, watching closely and shaking the pan a couple of times.

I didn’t have goat cheese, and I had some feta to use up – you can use either, but my preference is for soft goat cheese.

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Toasted Almonds & Goat Cheese on Foodess

Toss with some cooked, cooled quinoa and/or sliced chicken for a complete meal.

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Toasted Almonds & Goat Cheese on Foodess

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Almonds and Goat Cheese
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6
Ingredients
For dressing:
  • 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • ½ tbsp finely grated onion
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • ¼ tsp salt, or to taste
For Salad:
  • 12 cups (2-10 oz bags) baby spinach
  • 2 cups (1 pint) strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • ½ cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 4 oz (6 tbsp/110 g) soft goat cheese or feta, crumbled
Instructions
  1. Whisk together all dressing ingredients, taste, and add more salt if needed.
  2. In a large bowl, combine baby spinach and sliced strawberries. Add a splash of dressing and toss. Repeat, adding small amounts of dressing and tossing until leaves are lightly coated (you will have extra dressing).
  3. Divide among six plates and top with sliced almonds and goat cheese (or add almonds and cheese to the large bowl and gently toss everything together).
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