Friday, June 11, 2010

Spinach salad with Strawberry Champagne Vinaigrette

From epicurious. Great for our abundance of spinach and those first beautiful strawberries of spring.

For the marinated apples:
1 cup sliced apples (about 1 apple)
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

For strawberry champagne vinaigrette:
1/2 cup sliced hulled strawberries
2 tbsp champagne vinegar
1 tbsp sugar
pinch salt

For serving:
4 cups organic spinach leaves (4oz)
4 tbsp crumbled plain goat cheese (2oz)
4 tbsp dried cranberries
4 tsp chopped roasted walnuts

Make Marinated Apples:
In small bowl combine apples slices and apple cider vinegar and marinate, covered, for at least two and up to six hours

Make Champagne Vinaigrette:
Combine all ingredients in blender and puree until smooth.

To serve:
In a medium bowl toss spinach with vinaigrette. Mound 1 cup dressed spinach on plate. With a fork or slotted spoon, lift apples from marinade and scatter 1/4 cup over each plate of spinach. Top each salad with 1 tbsp cheese, 1 tbsp cranberries and 1 tsp walnuts.

Serves 4

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