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The Veg Table: Spinach Salads

September 23, 2011

Cheese and Tomato Spinach Salad with Balsamic Dressing

  • Baby Spinach
  • Chopped or torn Romaine lettuce (optional, adds “crunch”)
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Fresh mozzarella, cut into quarters or chunks
  • Crumbled Feta cheese
  • Balsamic dressing, recipe below
Combine all ingredients in a salad bowl. Serve with balsamic dressing.
Homemade Balsamic Dressing:
  • 1/4-1/2 cup balsamic vinegar (I like mine more vinegary, but the classic ratio is 1 part vinegar to 3 parts oil)
  • 3/4 cup oil (use canola oil for a milder oil flavor, and olive oil for a stronger flavor)
  • 1 t dried basil
  • 2 t sugar
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/4 t pepper
Measure all ingredients into a lidded container and shake well to combine. Feel free to adjust the amounts given to taste.

Fruity Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

  • Baby spinach
  • Chopped or torn romaine lettuce (optional, adds “crunch”)
  • Dried cranberries
  • Slivered almonds (optional, place in a skillet over medium heat and toast until golden brown)
  • Oranges (can use chopped fresh oranges, or fresh or canned mandarin oranges)
  • Lots of other fruit and berries are delicious with this salad, try out other combos!
  • Poppy seed dressing, recipe below
Toss all ingredients in a salad bowl, leaving the almonds in a small bowl aside if desired. Serve with poppy seed dressing.
Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing

1/4 – 1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dry mustard
1/3 c apple cider vinegar
1 tsp onion powder
1 c canola oil

1 1/2 Tbsp poppy seed

Blend all ingredients expect poppy seeds in blender or with a hand blender. Just whisking the dressing doesn’t give the same creamy texture. Stir in poppy seeds.

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