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Friday, June 26, 2009

CSA Cuisine--Spinach Salad

I am so enjoying my membership with Community Homestead's CSA this year. The produce is even better than I remembered.

This spinach salad was so delicious. I don't know if it was just the freshness of the spinach, the variety, or the flavor combination. I think it was a combination of all three.

Spinach is one of the healthiest greens you can eat. And fresh spinach keeps all of it's delightful nutrients, so it's a great option if you're really looking to pack a nutritional punch. D isn't a good produce eater so I have to be creative about how to get several servings into him each day.

The dressing recipe makes a large amount, great for future salads. Once you make this one, you're going to want to make more!

Sweet Spinach Salad

Spinach, a big bowl full--washed and tough stems removed. Spin dry if you're able

Goat cheese, 1/2 of a small log

1-2 Fuji apples, cored and chopped

1/2 small onion, diced

1/4 cup chopped almonds

Poppy Seed dressing:

In a blender, whirl until smooth:

1 large slice onion

1/4 cup plus 1 tsp white sugar

1/4 tsp dried mustard powder

1/4 tsp salt

2 TB cider vinegar

1/4 cup plus 2 TB canola oil


1 3/4 tsp poppy seeds.

Toss salad with a very small amount of dressing. Add just enough that the leaves are coated. Serve and enjoy!

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