Fruity Spinach Salad with Peachy Balsamic Vinaigrette
This luscious spinach salad includes peaches, strawberries, toasted pecans and feta cheese. It's topped with a tasty peachy, balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Festive and beautiful for special occasions and holidays like Easter, Mother's Day or Father's Day. Gluten free.
1 large salad bowl with tongs
1 sharp knife
to pare vegetables or fruit
1 jelly roll pan
to roast the pecans
1 nut chopper
if nuts are not previously chopped
1 small cookie sheet
1 toaster oven
to toast nuts (or use regular oven)
FRUITY SPINACH SALAD: 9 oz. bag baby spinach 9 oz. bag Romaine lettuce blend with carrots and red cabbage 16 oz. fresh strawberries sliced 8 oz. Feta cheese 3 fresh peaches diced, (I used 1 30-oz. can sliced peaches, patted dry, in 100% juice, reserving liquid) 2/3 cup pecans chopped, toasted if desired (measure after chopping) PEACHY BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE: 1 to 1 1/4 cups juice from canned peaches used in salad 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 3 green onions sliced 1/4 to 1/2 cup honey or sugar as desired, and depending on your preference 1/2 tsp. sea salt or kosher salt 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
FRUITY SPINACH SALAD:
Fill a large salad bowl with baby spinach leaves.
De-stem if desired.
Add Romaine lettuce and toss together.
Slice fresh strawberries and toss overtop the spinach and Romaine in the bowl.
Dice fresh preaches and add to the salad. (Since I could not find fresh peaches at this time of year, I used 1 30-oz. can sliced peaches and reserved the juice).
Place pecans in pan in toaster oven at 400° to 450° and roast for about 7-10 minutes.
Remove from oven and toss over top of salad.
Crumble Feta cheese over everything.
Serve on plates and drizzle with Peachy Balsamic Vinaigrette.
PEACHY BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE:
Because I didn’t have fresh peaches I used canned peaches packed in 100% juice – NOT syrup. NOTE:
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Calories: 283 kcal Carbohydrates: 20 g Protein: 6 g Fat: 21 g Saturated Fat: 5 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g Monounsaturated Fat: 12 g Cholesterol: 20 mg Sodium: 385 mg Potassium: 398 mg Fiber: 4 g Sugar: 15 g Vitamin A: 4904 IU Vitamin C: 38 mg Calcium: 166 mg Iron: 2 mg