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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 181.2
  • Total Fat: 16.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 3.3 mg
  • Sodium: 75.4 mg
  • Total Carbs: 6.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.3 g
  • Protein: 4.0 g

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Spinach-Berry Salad

Submitted by: CHEF_MEG
Spinach-Berry Salad

Introduction

Fresh and juicy during spring and summer months, strawberries are delicious when combined with tender spinach, creamy goat cheese and crunchy toasted almonds.
Fresh and juicy during spring and summer months, strawberries are delicious when combined with tender spinach, creamy goat cheese and crunchy toasted almonds.

Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients

    1/3 cup almonds, slivered
    4 cups baby spinach
    3/4 cup strawberries, quartered
    1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
    1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    1 teaspoon honey
    3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
    1 ounce soft goat cheese
    Salt and pepper to taste

Tips

Instead of slicing strawberries for the salad, quarter them. Quartered strawberries are easier to pick up with a fork.

When you include caloric, high-flavor ingredients such as nuts or cheese in a salad, spread the flavor around by finely chopping, crumbling, or slicing those ingredients. A little will truly go a long way.

Top this or any salad with three ounces of your favorite lean protein to give it some staying power.



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Directions

Place the almonds in a dry skillet or saute pan. Cook over low heat, shaking the pan the entire time until the almonds are toasting. The almonds are done when you start to smell a "nutty" scent.

Remove almonds from the pan to cool. (Do not cool in the skillet because they will burn from the heat that remains in the pan.)

Prepare the dressing by placing the vinegar, mustard, and honey in a mixing bowl. Slowly whisk in the oil.

Place the spinach in a large bowl. Add the strawberries, almonds, and dressing. Toss to coat. Top with goat cheese. If desired, season with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Serve immediately. 1 1/4 cups per serving






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  • Incredible!
    89 of 91 people found this review helpful
    I love this. I use the maple grove strawberry balsmic dressing (it is low cal) So even when strawberries are out of season, I use some grilled chicken with the strawberry dressing - 11/5/09

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  • 54 of 55 people found this review helpful
    I use a little low fat/low cal raspberry vinaigrette and add some low fat feta, it's very delicious! - 11/5/09

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  • Very Good
    48 of 48 people found this review helpful
    I used walnuts instead of almonds.GREAT! - 11/5/09

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  • 45 of 50 people found this review helpful
    I am too lazy to mix my own dressing. I use fat-free poppyseed dressing or Ken's Healthy Options Sweet Vidalia. It is also not necessary to toast the almonds--I prefer them anemic. Also when strawberries are out ot season, dried cranberries (craisens) are a good substitute. - 11/5/09

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  • Incredible!
    29 of 30 people found this review helpful
    This is my favorite summer salad. I use Ken's lite raspberry vinegarette dressing...delicious!! - 11/5/09

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  • 27 of 29 people found this review helpful
    I have NOT tried this recipe but I have the same one using mandarin oranges in place of the strawberries. It is a family favorite. Thought others might like to try that version as well. - 1/31/10

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  • Incredible!
    26 of 26 people found this review helpful
    I LOVE this recipe! It was s-o-o-o GOOD, that I ate the whole thing throughout the day. I am going to make it again for my lunch this week, and add some grilled chicken. This one is definitely going to be made several times; a good summertime meal. - 3/14/10

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  • Good
    21 of 25 people found this review helpful
    Good combination of veggies and fruit but thought the dressing was way too oily. I will make this again but will use a Kraft light dressing of some kind instead. - 8/4/09

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  • Very Good
    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
    I threw a bit of chopped cucumber on the top and didn't even need the dressing. Next time I may try shopped apples for a different sweetness - 8/5/09

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  • 17 of 21 people found this review helpful
    Its a great recipe, its low carb. and thats what I need for my diet. - 10/13/09

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  • Incredible!
    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
    I added 1 cup of peeled/chopped cucumbers and 4 thin red onion slices. The salad was great and so was the homemade dressing. Kids loved it. Thanks BUNCHES!! - 3/12/10

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  • 14 of 15 people found this review helpful
    I've been making a similar salad for ages, but I only use the balsamic vinegar for dressing, no oil etc, it cuts down the fat calories and it's good without the oil. I've also used blueberries, pears or oranges if I didn't have strawberries. They're all good. - 2/3/10

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  • Very Good
    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
    I have also made this with raspberries and roasted red peppers...yummy, kick it up and add some hot peppers roasted. - 11/5/09

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  • Incredible!
    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
    I love all of the ingredients in this! I doubled the recipe and really cut down the amount of oil, only used about 2 Tbs for double the dressing. I used more of a really high quality balsamic to make up for it. Would use less dijon next time, tasted to mustardy to me, everyone else loved it! - 5/1/10

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  • Very Good
    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
    The dressing is super yummy but a bit too oily. I'm going to try it with less oil next time. Also, the salad is great with blackberries and pecans instead of strawberries and almonds. - 1/6/10

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  • Incredible!
    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
    Delicious! I had to make a couple of substitutions for the dressing since I didn't have honey or dijon mustard on hand. I used a pinch of sugar and mango-curry mustard. Still came out wonderful. Even my picky 11-year-old liked it. I added to my cookbook and will definitely make again! - 11/24/09

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  • Incredible!
    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    i made this for a group of people and they all loved it. i loved the dressing - very easy to make. - 12/10/09

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  • 7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Great base-I use walnuts or pecans and flavored vinegars - 2/1/10

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
    GREAT SALAD AND LOW CAL TOO ! MANY OPTIONS TO MAKE IT EVEN LOWER IN CALORIES. - 11/5/09

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  • 5 of 9 people found this review helpful
    I have had a similar salad before and it was delicious. I will probably add cucumbers, shredded carrots and some cherry/grape tomatoes to make it more filling and get more veggies in. I will probably also use one of the Ken's healthy choice salad dressings to make it lower calories and carbs. - 11/5/09

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
    I have made this before and it's great. - 11/3/09

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I will have this again. - 7/31/09

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  • 4 of 11 people found this review helpful
    I have had spinach and strawberry salad before but I bet the almonds give it a different flavor, will try this weekend. - 11/5/09

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
    going to fix again for lunch today! YUMMMMMMY - 11/5/09

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  • Good
    4 of 35 people found this review helpful
    The only reason I rated it good was because I actually have not tried it yet. It sounds excellent though, once we try it I will probably change my rating to a 5 star. - 7/30/09

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