With an abundance of strawberries this season made this delicious salad.This recipe is from Food TV, Just One Bite show.
The dressing slightly sweet mixed with the combination of sugared pecans and strawberries, quite decadent...
1/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans (50ml)
2 tbsp granulated sugar (30ml)
2 tbsp water (30ml)
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar (15ml)
1 tbsp liquid honey(15ml)
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard (2ml)
pinch salt (pinch)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (50ml)
4 cups baby spinach (about 4 oz/100g) (1L)
1 cup sliced strawberries (250ml)
2 kiwis, peeled and sliced (2)
1/4 cup soft black pepper cheese, (50ml)
such as Boursin or crumbled chevre (used feta) (optional)
Place pecans, sugar and water in a small saucepan set on medium heat. Stir to dissolve sugar. Simmer mixture, stirring occasionally, until golden and pecans are coated, about 5-7 minutes. Transfer to a baking sheet and cool.
In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar with the honey, Dijon and salt. Slowly whisk in the oil until well combined. To serve, divide spinach among salad plates and top with strawberries, kiwis and sugar pecans. Drizzle with vinaigrette and garnish with the crumbled cheese.