Valentine’s Recipe – Spinach & Strawberry Salad

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Our guest contributor, Katie Vitucci, from the food blog, The Parsley Thief. Being a mom of two boys, her blog focuses on family friendly, made-from-scratch recipes. The Parsley Thief has been named one of “50 Food Blogs You Should Be Reading” by Saveur magazine and was named one of the top 100 Mom Food Blogs by the family website, Babble.

This Spinach & Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing is perfect for Valentine’s Day. Bright red strawberries with a tangy, yet slightly sweet yogurt dressing are equally special for a “date night”, or to serve the whole family, as your kids will love it too!

Serves 4- 6

5 ounces baby spinach

8 ounces strawberries {hulled & sliced}

1/3 cup shelled pistachios {coarsely chopped}

1/4 cup sour cream

1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt

1/2 tablespoon agave nectar

1/2 tablespoon very finely minced shallot

1/8 teaspoon grated lime zest

2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

freshly ground black pepper {to taste}

1 tablespoon grape seed oil {or, similar neutral oil}

1 tablespoon water

1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Add the spinach, strawberries & pistachios to a salad bowl. Make the dressing: Whisk together the sour cream, yogurt, agave, shallot, lime zest, lime juice, salt & pepper to a mixing bowl. Add the oil, while whisking, in a slow steady stream. Add the water; whisk until the dressing is a pourable consistency. If necessary, add a bit more water. Stir in the poppy seeds.

Drizzle some of the dressing over the salad, toss to combine & serve.

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