Strawberry Spinach Salad

Ingredients

  • 10 oz fresh spinach, stems removed
  • 1 cup celery, sliced on the diagonal
  • 1 pint of fresh strawberries, halved
  • Caramelized Pecans:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup pecans
  • Poppy Seed Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp dry mustard
  • 2/3 cup wine vinegar
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 2 cups vegetable oil
  • 3 tbs poppy seeds

This salad is dressed with a poppy seed dressing along with caramelized pecans.

Directions:
  • To prepare the pecans, combine the sugar and pecans in a heavy frying pan. Slowly cook until all the sugar has melted onto the pecans and they are browned.
  • Place them on a foil covered baking sheet to cool.
  • To make the dressing, combine sugar, salt, mustard, vinegar and scallions in a blender or food processor. While running slowly drizzle in the oil.
  • Place in a container and add the poppy seeds, cover and refrigerate.
  • Combine the spinach, celery, halved strawberries and pecans,
  • Lightly coat with the dressing and toss.

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