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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Summer Berry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Finding inspiration to eat healthy can be difficult if you don’t have the right me, I know.   Even though I love each one I post on here, I need some variation.  I’ve had this recipe for quite some time now and we enjoy it every time I make it-it’s simple and comes together quickly!  The poppy seed dressing really makes this salad special, and gives it a refreshing and unique flavor.

Mar and I have challenged each other to lose 5 pounds and get in shape by running a total of 50km (baby steps! ) for June.  Realistically, we should have done it in May, but June will do! Being food bloggers can be tough-I love making and eating food, and this sometimes gets out of control.   Ouch!  It shouldn't be too hard though, right?!
Summer Berry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
Makes 4-6 servings

9 cups fresh spinach
2 cups fresh strawberries, halved
¾ cup blue berries
½ cup pecans, toasted
¼ cup goat cheese, crumbled

for the dressing:
¼ cup olive oil
2 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon chopped onion
1 teaspoon poppy seeds
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
¼ teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

In a large bowl, combine the spinach, strawberries, blueberries, pecans and goat cheese.

Place all the dressing ingredients in a blender. Cover and process until well combined. Pour over salad and toss to coat.

SOURCE: adapted from my friend, Amy.

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