Chef Mark’s Spinach and Strawberry Salad

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Chef Mark Shoopman celebrates his mom by preparing one of her favorite recipes… Spinach and Strawberry Salad.

Mom’s Favorite Spinach and Strawberry Salad

By Virginia Shoopman, (Chef Mark’s Mom)

Ingredients:

1/2 pound                     Spinach, washed and air dried

1 pint                            Strawberries, cleaned and thinly sliced

2 ounces                       Slivered almonds, lightly toasted and seasoned with salt and pepper

Dressing Ingredients:

½ cup                            Granulated sugar

2 tablespoons               Sesame seeds

1 tablespoon                 Poppy seeds

1 ½ teaspoons              minced onions

¼ teaspoon                   Worcestershire sauce

¼ teaspoon                   Paprika

¼ cup                            Cider vinegar

½ cup                            Extra virgin olive oil

Method:

Place sugar, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, onion, Worcestershire sauce, paprika and vinegar in a blender. Add the olive oil in a steady stream with the blender on low speed to mix and emulsify (thicken), the dressing. Or, as my mother did not have a blender, she would just shake all the ingredients in a mason jar to blend, which in my opinion, works better and is more fun!

Presentation:

In a bowl, mix the fresh spinach with the dressing and then toss in the strawberries and almonds.

Lovingly place the salad onto chilled salad plates making sure to show the beautiful berries and almonds.

Garnish with a fresh strawberry.

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