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Strawberry Spinach Salad with Toasted Hazelnuts in a Balsamic Honey Ginger Vinaigrette

4-photo 4‘Tis the season for salad. As the reality sets in that bathing suit, tank top, and shorts weather has arrived, we are all feeling the need to eat a little healthier and we are a bit more body conscious. But one needs to be cautious when eating salads not to fall into” lettuce limbo”, or “dressing death-traps”. This salad is a simple recipe for a well rounded meal, that won’t trick you into five extra pounds.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of fresh baby spinach
  • ½- ¾ cup of fresh sliced strawberries
  • 20 toasted hazelnuts
  • 1Tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. of honey
  • A few shavings of fresh ginger (2-3 swipes across a micro-plane)

 

Preparation:

  1. Toast hazelnuts on the stove top by placing them in a small skillet over medium heat and swirling them in the pan until they start to brown. Keep them moving, otherwise they will burn. Allow them to cool. 5-photo 3
  2. Slice the strawberries.3-photo 5
  3. Mix with the spinach in a bowl.2-spinach
  4. While hazelnuts are cooling, combine the oil, vinegar, honey, & ginger. Whisk until well combined.6-photo 2
  5. Once hazelnuts are cool, toss into the salad with the dressing and enjoy immediately.

Prep time: 8 minutes Serves: 1 Calories: Approx 383

 

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Food Beauty

Sometimes, while cooking, I am struck by the beauty of food. Here are a few moments that I managed to capture in my own kitchen. Let this be a reminder to slow down, and appreciate the scene and beauty in the small moments of life.

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My husband would call this a “bad pour”, but to me it was a quiet moment of reflection.

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It may not have been a hit at the dinner table, but it was pretty to look at.

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It just reminds me of summer, and I like red, and they taste so good.

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I liked the way the star fruit looked, perched on the rim of the glass, but it was a bit in the way. I was happy to find that the scene was just as beautiful when floating on top.

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The simplicity of the sun streaming in, as I baked some morning eggs. I love simplicity.

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This scene literally made me stop and stare at the contrast between honey & soy sauce. I felt bad when the time came to stir it, but the chicken was great!