Thursday, June 28, 2012

Dinner of the Week: Strawberry Almond Salad

I'm not usually a salad person.  When I make dinner, I want to crave it.  I want the aroma of its baked or grilled goodness to permeate the entire house.  And I don't think anyone in mankind has ever said, "Oh my goodness, that salad smells amazing!"  Regardless, we've been trying to eat a lot healthier lately, so I whipped up this salad right before our hockey game last night.  It took just five minutes to make; was fresh, summery, and delicious; and filled us up fast.  It'd be great as either a main course or a side salad for a healthy, summer meal.

Strawberry Almond Salad

- Fresh spinach leaves
- Fresh strawberries
- Sliced almonds
- Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Cracked black pepper
- Low-fat lemon poppy seed salad dressing

Wash and spin dry several handfuls of fresh spinach leaves.  Place a good chunk of them onto however many plates you desire.

Then, wash and pat dry a small colander's worth of fresh, ripe strawberries.

Dice up the strawberries into quarters.

Liberally sprinkle a healthy portion of strawberries and sliced almonds onto each salad plate.

Grate a brick of Parmesan cheese using a small cheese grater or a microplane zester directly on top of each salad.  Top the salad with cracked black pepper and a light spritzing of your favorite salad dressing.  I chose a lemon poppy seed salad dressing, and it was perfect.


I adore this salad.  It's fresh, sweet, and tangy.  Thanks to the black pepper, the salad has just a tinge of heat to it.  The almonds also add a bit of crunch.  And, since Parmesan cheese has a much lower cholesterol content compared to other cheeses, I felt guilt-free eating it, too!

Hope you'll like it, too!

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  1. Your strawberry salad looks delicious. What an easy, healthy summer dinner.

  2. Oh this looks delish! Just perfect for a hot Summer day.

  3. this looks amazing! I hope you'll stop by and add this and any other posts you're proud of to my Wednesday What We Wore, Read, and Made Link party


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    hope to see you there, and thanks so much!!
    Xo, Emily

  5. Yum this salad looks good! AND EASIER! ( I'd tried one on the 4th where you have to berries with oil and vinegar to make a creamy was not too shabby but yours looks quicker and I will try it this way next! :)

  6. .thanks for sharing


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