Strawberry Spinach Salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad

I love this salad. I remember going to Kansas City and Dennis ordered this salad. Inspired, I went home and imitated it!
Easy to make, family and friend favorite. Dennis loves it without the bacon as well. Who would have guessed that!


2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup distilled white vinegar or balsalmic
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon minced onion
10 ounces fresh spinach – rinsed, dried and torn into bite-size pieces
1 quart strawberries – cleaned, hulled and sliced (No stawberries?
1/4 cup almonds or walnuts, blanched and slivered
1/4 cup sliced red onions on garnish
4 slices of bacon, crisp (crumbled)

1.In a medium bowl, whisk together the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sugar, olive oil, vinegar, paprika, Worcestershire sauce and onion. Cover, and chill for one hour. (You can also mix with your blender.)
2.In a large bowl, combine the spinach, strawberries and almonds. Pour dressing over salad, and toss. Refrigerate 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Or make it Hot spinach salad –
I have prepared this two ways: hot and cold. Fried and crumbled bacon, then added all dressing ingredients till sugar dissolved. Pour this hot dressing over spinach/strawberries: outa this world! Also delicious prepared cold.

Adding chicken chunks and kiwi is another wonderful variation for a complete, colorful meal in a bowl!

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