This fresh, spring salad is very easy to make. It is great as a meal or a side dish. Going to a summer picnic? This is always a welcome “dish to pass”.
As the season goes on try substituting other berries or fruits. Or try other nuts like almonds or walnuts.
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
10 ounces fresh baby spinach – rinsed, dried and torn into bite-size pieces
1/4 small red onion sliced
1 quart fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
1/2 cup fresh blueberries (optional)
1/2 avocado, cut into bite sized pieces
1/2 (5 ounce) package blue cheese crumbles
½ cup pecan halves
In a mason jar combine all of the dressing ingredients and shake until well combined.
In a large bowl combine the spinach, onions, strawberries and blueberries. Pour about 1/2 of dressing over salad, and toss. Top with avocado, cheese and nuts. Serve with remaining dressing on the side.