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SANDRA'S STRAWBERRY SPINACH SALAD with CACAO NIBS and GINGER BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE

This is a tremendous salad as
all the flavors of these ingredients 
make for a spectacular sensation...
Servings: (4)
Prep: 5 Mins.
+ 30 Mins. for Vinaigrette
flavors to meld

Posted by Sandra

INGREDIENTS

***Salad:
8 ozs. baby spinach
1 cup strawberries, sliced
½ cup glazed pecans, chopped
2 tablespoons organic cacao nibs
2 ozs. parmigiano-reggiano cheese, shaved

***Vinaigrette: (Yields about 1/3 cup (best served cold)
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
½ teaspoon finely chopped organic crystallized ginger
pinch of organic fine Pink Himalayan salt
pinch of organic white pepper
pinch of organic dried basil
pinch of organic dried oregano
¼ cup organic extra virgin olive oil

METHOD

In a glass pint jar (with a lid and ring), add all the vinaigrette ingredients.  Place lid and ring on top of jar and tightly secure, then vigorously shake for 1 minute, and place jar in refrigerator for 30 minutes for flavors to meld.

Once vinaigrette flavors meld, toss the spinach with the sliced strawberries, and a light drizzle of vinaigrette (do not over-dress please), then distribute equally amongst 4 salad plates; topping each with parmesan reggiano cheese shavings, glazed pecans, and cacao nibs. - Enjoy!


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Tip:  When storing remaining jarred vinaigrette in the refrigerator, shake well before using later on.

8 comments:

sandra said...

I made this salad a few nights ago after receiving my Red Onion Spice order, so we BBQ'd an Asian pork sirloin tip roast as well - the meal was fantastic ;)

redonionspice said...

wow - you're very inventive!! I would have never thought of cacao on a salad AND with strawberries! How can you go wrong? LOL

sandra said...

Thank you for the compliment K! Yes, it's quite the lovely combination ;)

Mike said...

The recipe looks unbelievable!!!! Plus it's made with cacao nibs one of my favorite food (and one of the healthiest on the planet!)

Peace
Mike

sandra said...

Thank you very much, Mike! It is an absolutely lovely combination of ingredients, and we now eat this quite often. BTW - I checked out your blog and found it to be quite tastefully done...Kudos!!

Mike said...

Thank you for the compliment on TIY Sandra, it is much appreciated.
BTW you have posted some amazing recipes on your blog, congrats

sandra said...

You are very welcome, Mike!!

Luiz Claudio said...

Wow! Nice recipe Sandra!!!

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I inveite you to visit my blog and know a little bit of the brazilian cooking.

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Kisses from Brazil.

Luiz

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