Spinach and strawberry salad
Anyone with a backyard or a tiny balcony can grow spinach and strawberry plants. I grew the spinach from seeds in a small planter on our deck. The strawberries in the background weren’t quite ready, but they will be soon and I’m looking forward to enjoying this salad at least a few more times this summer. Both spinach and strawberries are very easy to grow and among the first things ready to eat from the garden in the spring and summer.
If you care about what you eat, where it comes from and how it tastes, this delicious salad is a good argument for why it’s worthwhile to grow your own food. And if you like to cook, there is really nothing better than gathering up a few ingredients you grew yourself, creating a simple and delicious meal and then enjoying it outdoors in the warmth of the summer sun. This dish was absolutely perfect served on the patio with a crisp glass of cold Joie Riesling (2006).
Spinach, Strawberry and Goat Cheese Salad
Fresh spinach and / or salad greens, about 2 cups per person
Fresh sliced strawberries, about 5-6 medium berries per person
Crumbled goat cheese, 1-2 tablespoons per person
Toasted pumpkin seeds, 1-2 tablespoons per person
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
1-2 finely chopped green onions
Fresh ground pepper
Salad dressing – creamy, onion and poppy seed dressing (store-bought or your own) is what I’ve been using and it is perfect!
Making salad is pretty self-explanatory. Pile the greens on a plate, top with strawberries, sprinkle on cheese, pumpkin seeds, herbs and pepper and drizzle on the salad dressing. Serve outdoors and enjoy a delicious meal that tastes just like summer.