This is actually a simple recipe* for an easy salad (that your guests will be sure to polish off - did you see what I did there? #nerdalert) My sister made it for us when we went to see her for our fun Wax Museum date, and I fell in love with the taste and its' simplicity. I always ask for dressing on the side not because I'm watching my weight, but because most places tend to have a "would you like salad with that dressing" ratio than a "would you like dressing with that salad" one. In fact, whoever is in charge of determining the ratios of ingredients to dressing should probably be fired. End rant. Oh wait, I forgot to tell you the part where I hate balsamic vinegar, and thusly all vinaigrette's) another reason I love this recipe. So, without further ado.....
Spinach and Strawberry Salad with Olive Oil dressing**
2 Cups spinach
1 handful of strawberries, sliced (or 5 handfuls, depending on how well you like strawberries lol)
1 handful of cashews, chopped (see above)
1 T olive oil
1 pinch dried basil
2 turns of the pepper mill
1 pinch of salt
A little less than half of a lemon or lime, squeezed (of course)
Stir dressing ingredients together with a fork, drizzle over spinach (you did put the spinach in a bowl, right?, toss (the salad.) Top with strawberries and chopped cashews. Eat it.
*I'm not a professional chef, cook or baker. I am however, a professional suburbanite who watches every season of Top Chef, loves eating food, and loves this salad recipe.
**Recipe adapted from Loren Cordain's The Paleo Diet Cookbook, copyright 2011