Gluten Free Living – 2015
I love salads with fruit especially when fresh berries are available. Spinach Salad with Kiwi, Berries and Toasted Pecans is a lovely salad that is modeled after one of my favorite salads: Spring Mix with Berries, Glazed Pecans and Feta. But it has a totally different taste. Instead of cucumbers and red onion (my husband doesn’t like onions in salad), this one has kiwi, and instead of glazed pecans, I toasted them to eliminate all the extra sugar. Also, this one is topped with a special homemade Raspberry Poppyseed Dressing which emphasizes the lovely raspberries in the salad.
I have to admit kiwi is a wonderful addition to salads. I’ve added it to Mandarin Spinach Salad, Tossed Salad with Tropical Fruit, Pineapple Mango Salad and Kiwi-Strawberry Spinach Salad. It adds wonderful flavor and texture. Roasting the pecans provides a rich, savory depth of texture and taste that provides a little spunk to the recipe. Feta cheese makes everything delicious. 🙂
A couple of weeks ago, I offered to bring a meal to friends whose son was having leg surgery. Debra has Celiac Disease and is allergic to pork so I needed to be careful with my choices. I made them a delicious gluten free Chili Pie with Cheddar Cornbread Crust, this luscious salad and a Gluten Free Apple, Peach and Pear Dump Cake Cobbler. I got rave reviews from Debra and her family over how much they enjoyed the meal. They especially loved this salad. When I sampled the salad, I thought it was spectacular, too.
If you’re looking for a healthy, low calorie, fruity, gluten free salad that’s as delectable in taste as in looks, you will love Spinach Salad with Kiwi, Berries and Roasted Pecans, especially if you top it off with homemade Raspberry Poppyseed Dressing. It’s a great side salad for dinner but an excellent entree for any luncheon especially if you want to make up a batch for friends.
Spinach Salad with Kiwi, Berries and Toasted Pecans is one of the best salads you’ll ever eat!
If you enjoy fruit in your salads, this one is so fresh and reviving.
This festive and beautiful salad is great for the holidays.
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients.
Toast pecans about 8-10 minutes at 350. Layer spinach, sliced strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, kiwi, toasted pecans and feta cheese in a large salad bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
I served Spinach Salad with Kiwi, Berries and Toasted Pecans with homemade Raspberry Poppyseed Dressing.
Toss salad and place on serving plates.
Drizzle with Raspberry Poppyseed Dressing.
Spinach Salad with Kiwi, Berries and Roasted Pecans is great to serve for Ladies’ Luncheons and other special occasions.
Here’s the recipe.
SPINACH SALAD WITH KIWI, BERRIES AND TOSATED PECANS
(My own concoction)
- 5-oz. fresh baby spinach leaves
- 16-oz. container strawberries, sliced
- 6-oz. container raspberries
- 6-oz. container blackberries
- 3 kiwis, peeled and diced
- 1 cup Feta cheese crumbles
- 1 cup toasted pecans
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- Toast pecans at 350° for about 5-10 minutes.
- Layer spinach in salad bowl.
- Add berries, kiwis, feta and cooled pecans.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Add dressing to individual servings, as desired.
Spinach Salad with Kiwi, Berries and Toasted Pecans is healthy, low calorie and gluten free.
This salad is so easy to make up. You can have it ready in about 15 minutes.
Homemade Raspberry Poppyseed Dressing is a great complement to this salad.