I’m usually pretty good at coming up with ideas for dinner but a healthy side dish to go along with dinner is another story. I tend to focus only the main dish, then by the time we eat I either don’t have a side dish to go with the meal or I just throw together a small salad. Since salads have become a side dish staple in our household I decided to spice things up with this awesome strawberry spinach salad. I love strawberries in anything so I knew this dish wouldn’t disappoint. Needless to say, my husband and I both enjoyed it.
If you like to make things ahead of time, which I do, you can make the dressing hours before dinner and store it in the refrigerator. I made the dressing using my little food chopper and it worked nicely. Also, I purchased a little bottle of champagne to make the dressing, rather than buying an entire bottle for a tablespoon and a half. The almonds and strawberries are such a delicious combination with this dressing – you must make this soon!
Strawberry Spinach Salad
For the dressing:
1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
2½ tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1½ tablespoon champagne
1 tablespoon sugar
Pinch of salt
For the salad:
Baby spinach leaves, rinsed and dried
Sliced almonds, for topping
Sliced fresh strawberries, for topping
In a blender or food processor, combine the strawberries, vinegar, champagne, sugar and salt. Process until the mixture is well combined and completely smooth. Transfer to an airtight bottle or container and refrigerate until ready to use.
To serve, portion baby spinach leaves out on salad plates. Drizzle with the strawberry champagne vinaigrette. Top with sliced almonds and strawberries. Serve immediately.