Warm Spinach and Strawberry Salad

The perfect addition to your cook-out or casual dinner.  The sweetness of the strawberries paired with the creaminess of the cheese is divine!

Warm Spinach & Strawberry Salad

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2 tbl sesame seeds
1 tbl poppy seeds
1/2 c white sugar
1/2 c extra virgin olive oil
1/4 balsamic vinegar
1/4 t paprika
1/4 t Worcestershire sauce
1/4 red onion minced
2 6 oz bags of spinach, washed and dried
1 lb strawberries, washed, dried and sliced
1/4 c walnuts roughly chopped
1/3 c crumbled blue cheese

In a medium bowl, whisk together the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sugar, EVOO, vinegar, paprika, Worcestershire sauce and onions.  Cover and chill for at least one hour.

In a large bowl, add the walnuts to fairly dry spinach (this will help the nuts to be evenly distributed), and then add strawberries.

In a small saucepan, over medium/low heat, slowly warm the dressing.  Dressing will be warm in fragrant in about 10 minutes.  Remove from heat, add to spinach mixture and toss.  Top with crumbled blue cheese.

Do not add the dressing to the salad unless you intend to eat it all in one sitting, as it will make the salad soggy and not as good the next day.  Feel free to change the kind of crumbled cheese you use and add crumbled bacon if you’re feeling super daring!


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