I LOVE fresh spinach tossed in a sweet and savory dressing. This flavor combination is so amazing and the almonds give the salad a wonderful crunch. Fresh, local strawberries are in abundance right now and this is a great, healthy way to enjoy the harvest. I have made Freezer Jam, Fresh Strawberries with a Pomegranate Balsamic Reduction, Strawberry Tres Leche Trifle and this scrumptious salad with the 3 buckets that I just picked. I am feeling a little sad that they are almost gone, so I think I'll make a trip back to the farm and get some more. :) So many delicious strawberry options......
Strawberry Spinach Salad with Agave Poppyseed Dressing
1 quart of fresh, organic strawberries, sliced
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/2 lb fresh baby spinach- rinsed, dried and hard stems removed
4 oz Havarti cheese, cubed
1 tbsp poppy seeds
1/2 cup agave nectar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp minced sweet onion
dash dry mustard
Place spinach, cheese, almonds and strawberries in a large bowl. Place all remaining ingredients into a blender or Vitamix and blend until smooth and creamy. Drizzle all over salad, toss to coat and serve.