Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Quick (unseasonal) salad for a spring day

Just remembered about this salad the other day as we had friends round for our first bbq of the season.  I use up any gluts of perpetual spinach or strawberries from the garden, but on this occasion had bought some from the shops.  It's still too early for strawberries or spinach in Aberdeenshire, although our rhubarb is going full throttle right now.

Strawberry and Spinach Salad

Strawberries - as much as you'd like, washed, cored and halfed
Spinach - again as much as you need, washed and spun in a salad spinner

Poppyseed Dressing

1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup oil - I use Ola organic rapeseed oil, but any light oil would do
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds - toasted gives the best flavour
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon Lea & Perrins (worcestershire) sauce
1 clove of garlic minced
salt and pepper

Put all the ingredients in a jam jar and shake until mixed, season with salt and pepper to taste.  Toss together strawberries and spinach with dressing just before serving.

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