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Spinach, Strawberry & Ricotta Salad

Posted Dec 21 2010 4:19am
This salad is the easiest to prepare, gorgeous to the eyes and yummylicious to your taste buds! I got it from  Live to Eat Blog . Since the holidays are near, you can prepare this simple salad if you are hosting Christmas dinner or New Year's Eve party!

In order to prepare 2 servings, you will be needing:
  • 20 big sized spinach leaves
  • 20 pieces of strawberry, fresh or frozen
  • Ricotta cheese, 2 to 3 tbsp
  • For the dressing, it's preferable to mix all the ingredients together and refrigerate them for an hour before serving.
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp red wine or balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • honey and cinnamon powder are optional, yet they add a sharp taste to your salad
  • Now the preparations:
  • Wash the spinach leaves thoroughly and pat dry them. Then break or cut them into desired sizes and place them in your salad bowl.
  • Wash your strawberries if fresh and keep in mind that strawberries are very perishable, thus you should not wash them until right before preparing this salad. Don't remove their caps and stems till you are done with washing them under cool running water. Simply pat dry them to prevent them from absorbing extra water, degrading their texture and flavor. Now cut them in half.
  • Arrange the strawberries and ricotta on your bed of spinach leaves.
  • Toss them all together and when you want to serve, drizzle your bowl with the prepared dressing and serve!
  • You can go for rocket leaves instead of spinach or feta cheese instead of ricotta. Feta will give it a saltier taste combining it with the sweetness of those strawberries.

    So when you prepare this salad, not only will you satisfy your taste buds, but you will also get lots of nutrients on the side. You will get extra fibers from both the spinach and strawberries. The spinach will also provide vitamin A, E and K along with calcium, folate and iron while the strawberries will provide you with potassium and vitamin C & A. As for the ricotta cheese, it is considered a medium fat cheese that is rich in calcium, proteins, phosphorus and Vitamin A.
    Bon appetite!
    I owe this delicious recipe and colorful image to  Live to Eat Blog!
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