Sunday, July 15, 2012

Spicy Spinach Fruit Salad with Strawberry Grape Vinaigrette

Spicy Spinach Fruit Salad with Strawberry Grape Vinaigrette recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Strawberry Spinach Salad is one of my family's favorite salads. Now that berries are in season at last, we've been enjoying it at least once a week. I wanted to make something a little different this time and so I played with the recipe a bit more than usual. This simple salad of baby spinach leaves, slightly tart green grapes, sweet berries, crunchy onions and almonds is topped with spicy strawberry and grape vinaigrette creating a very different salad that my husband, my oldest son and I absolutely loved. My younger boys were quite happy to avoid the spice in this version with a simple plate of fruit for themselves.

This salad was completely gone within minutes of tossing it with the dressing for our lunch. I loved the added crunch and slight heat that the spicy almonds added to the salad. The cayenne pepper made the dressing an unexpected surprise of cool fruit flavors with just a slight lingering heat. The grapes were a fun addition as well and a great way to remind myself that there is more to salad eating than just our favorites.

Spicy Spinach Fruit Salad with Strawberry Grape Vinaigrette
(printable recipe)

Salad Ingredients:
4 cups baby spinach leaves
10-12 strawberries, stemmed and sliced
1/2 cup green grapes, halved
1/4 red onion, very thinly sliced
2 tablespoons Sweet and Spicy Cayenne Roasted Almonds, or the nut of your choice

Dressing Ingredients:
6 large berries, stems removed
10 large green grapes, about 1/4 cup
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar, plain balsamic will work as well, add more as desired
 tiny pinch of kosher salt
generous dash or two of cayenne pepper, adjust to taste, I liked it pretty spicy

Place the berries and grapes for the dressing in the blender, add the oil and vinegar and puree until smooth. Should only take a few moments, scrape the sides as needed. Add the salt and cayenne pepper and pulse to combine. Taste and adjust as desired. Pour into a jar and chill until serving.

Place the almonds in a ziploc bag, press the air out and seal. Crush into a crunchy powder with a few whacks of a wooden spoon. Set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the spinach, berries, grapes and onion. Toss to combine and drizzle with as much dressing as desired. (I only used about 1/4 of the dressing for this salad. The rest will keep well in the fridge for at least a week.) Toss to coat the salad with dressing and then top with the crushed almonds. Enjoy!

Spicy Spinach Fruit Salad with Strawberry Grape Vinaigrette recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen




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4 comments:

  1. What a beautiful salad, you guys eat so well! Have a nice Sunday!

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  2. This salad looks absolutely wonderful! Looks like a great treat for a warm summer day.

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  3. I can do raw spinach, it makes my teeth feel weird. Do you ever have that issue?

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