Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Almonds, and Goat Cheese

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Bourbon and Brown Sugar will be reporting from (not-so-sunny) Florida this week.  It’s Spring Break in my corner of the world, so I hopped on a plane to hang with my parents and their small army of awesome friends for a few days.

It seems I’ve landed in the midst of a crew of my most enthusiastic readers.  I’ve been hailed as a visiting celebrity (rather odd, and a bit refreshing  I’ll admit, because I’m decidedly not the celebrity of my family at home.)  Recipes and ingredients and favorite cookbooks have dominated the conversations at a pair of gatherings over the past couple of days.  This crew loves to gather and eat, and it’s lovely to be a part of it!   I’ve happily fielded requests for my Salted Alfajores Bars and the Raspberry-Cherry Crumble Bars.  Beyond that, my only other contribution has been assembling a cheese plate. (a favorite pastime of mine.)

One of my mother’s friends lamented: “But you’ve been doing nothing but cakes and sweets lately!”

Guilty as charged… but last week I started working on a slate of recipes to balance things out.  I cooked and photographed a few dishes at home before I left.  Let’s start with this amazing salad.

Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Almonds, and Goat Cheese

You’ll find this Spinach and Strawberry Salad gracing many a buffet table at House Morell during the spring and summer months. This is one happy salad – baby spinach pairs beautifully with fresh strawberries, toasted almonds and tangy crumbled goat cheese.

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Many similar recipes floating about on the Internet feature poppy seed dressing with this combination, but I prefer a Balsamic Vinaigrette laced with a generous dollop of Dijon Mustard and sweetened with a hint of maple syrup.  Balsamic + Strawberries = Awesomeness in my book.

Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Almonds, and Goat Cheese

A few things I’m crushing on at the moment:

Discovered DC’s Union Market last week… a hall bursting with culinary wonders of all sorts… Arepas and Cocktails and Chocolate and Belgian Wafels, oh my.  This deserves it’s own blog post at some point… who wants to go sample more treats with me?

Loved this article: The Ephiphany that turned me into a good baker.

Have you met Mary Ann at The Beach House Kitchen blog… Wow!  I’ve found a new favorite blog to follow. Lovin’ these green beans.

Can’t wait to try this Chicken Piccata Recipe from Lindsay – note to self: blog more dinner recipes!

But then again, I’m always drawn to the cookies…or as the case may be, hamantaschen.

Two years ago: A Spring Salad of Israeli Couscous, Peas, Pancetta, and Lemon

One years ago: 10 Reasons to Love London  (My favorite city on the planet… it must be time to go back soon 🙂

Hey, the sunshine came out… I’m off to the beach!

Enjoy your day!

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Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Almonds, and Goat Cheese
 
Ingredients
  • 1 package baby spinach
  • 1 pint strawberries, sliced thin
  • ½ cup toasted almonds
  • ½ cup crumbled goat cheese
  • The Balsamic Dressing
  • ¼ cup good quality olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon real maple syrup
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Place the spinach greens on a large platter (or in a large salad bowl)
  2. Scatter the strawberries over the greens, followed by the goat cheese, then the almonds.
  3. In a small mason jar, combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, maple syrup and salt and pepper to taste. Shake vigorously, then drizzle over the salad. Toss the salad (I like to use tongs) until the elements are lightly coated with dressing, then serve.

I’m going to share this beauty with the crew at Fiesta Friday and Saucy Saturdays this week!

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19 Responses to "Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Almonds, and Goat Cheese"
  1. Nancy says:

    What a pleasure to meet you in person! Because of how well you express yourself in your blog, I felt like I already knew you. I look forward to reading about your adventures in food, books and travel!

  2. Fiona says:

    Great recipe and fantastic photos. I’m inspired yet again. Will be making this for the family in Australia.

  3. First off Mary Beth, this salad looks absolutely delicious and refreshing! I love the Dijon and maple syrup in your balsamic dressing. Your photos are making me wish that salad platter was right smack on my table! Secondly, I have to say I’m honored that my blog is your new favorite blog to follow! Yay! Thank you so much for sharing! I hope you have a wonderful time in Florida for spring break. I’m also headed there this Friday to visit my Mom! I’m looking forward to some rest, relaxation and sunny weather! Enjoy!

  4. mb says:

    I hope the sun comes out for you, Mary Ann… it’s been a bit dreary here in South Florida this week 🙂 I’m truly psyched to have found your blog… We seem to be very much on the same page on the sorts of foods we love – and love to serve to our friends and family! I’m craving one of those lovely green smoothies you posted today!

  5. Corina says:

    What a beautiful salad! I love the combination of the green spinach and red strawberries – so vibrant!

  6. Sonal says:

    That is one of my favorite kind of salads! Beautiful crisp photos make me want to grab a fork and dig in!

    Great to see you at FF!

  7. Marianne Burtnett says:

    Tastes as delicious and fresh as it looks in the stunning photo! Thanks MB for this simply perfect recipe. My new go to salad!

  8. how wonderful that everyone is so supportive of you, but then a part of me thought, what’s so wrong with sweets, lol! I’m ready for Spring food and this looks marvelous.

    Mollie

  9. Enjoy your time in the sun (literally and figuratively.) This salad is exactly what I look for in a salad. A little savory, a little sweet, a little crunch. And cheese. Fantastic. Thanks for joining us again at Saucy Saturdays, MB.

  10. Swayam says:

    I love this salad !! Strawberry spinach is a hot fave of mine during the summers..and just like u I feel balsamic vinegar and strawberries are beautiful tog. Thanks for joining us at #SaucySaturday. And just a heads up… U have to visit me tomorrow for some good news 😛

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