Friday, April 23, 2010

A Fancy Salad... This You Have To Try

     My encounter with this salad was at a Macy's little restaurant in Miami.  My mom and I had been shopping since early in the morning at a popular mall, and by noon we were starving.  Since I really hate fast food served regularly at any mall, we decided to give a try to this Macy's restaurant right inside the store.  The place looked beautifully decorated, with this particular French Bistro feeling.  We felt at home, and the employees were very helpful and attentive. It was time to order.  My mom and I had the same thing: a salad.  But this salad really called our attention from the short lunch menu.  Both of us thought... strawberries and baby spinach, together.  No way, this is going to taste good.  We were extremely wrong!   
     Here I present you with my interpretation of what this tasty and fancy salad is all about.  I hope that you enjoy it.
Baby Spinach Salad Accompanied by Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette 
     The sweetness of the strawberries is perfectly balanced with the saltiness of the cheese and well complimented by the savory baby spinach.

  • 1 bag of ready to eat baby spinach
  • 8 large fresh strawberries
  • 1 small container of crumbled feta or goat cheese, whichever you prefer
  • 1/3 cup of roasted and glazed pecan pieces  
  • 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar 
  • Salt and pepper to taste
     Arrange the baby spinach on a large, big flat plate.  Slice 7 of the strawberries and distribute them around and on top of the spinach.  Next, sprinkle the salad with the cheese and the pecans.  Leave it aside to prepare the vinaigrette.
     For the salad dressing we will put the olive oil, the vinegar, the las strawberry and salt and pepper to taste in a blender and mix it for a few seconds or until the strawberry is dissolved with the vinaigrette.
Take this and pass it through a strainer to discard the strawberry seeds.  And now you are ready to pour it over the salad.  Serve the salad immediately after you pour the vinaigrette for a fresh and lovely look that will impress your guests.  Qué aproveche!

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