Strawberry spinach salad with molasses vinaigrette

Servings: 4-6 serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes

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Spinach and strawberry salad with molasses vinaigrette

There’s no rushing summer. Not in my neck of the woods anyway. No matter how much you want to be doing summer things…planting the vegetable garden, eating on the deck, wearing flip flops. I can’t jump the gun without feeling a bit like a fake. Maybe it’s a grown up thing…

My kids hardly pause for spring. They jump into summer as soon as the snow’s gone, running around barefoot and in shorts when I’m still wearing socks to bed.

I decided it’s time I tried to learn more from my kids. With that mindset I discovered that you can rush the summer feeling, even if you can’t hurry summer. So what if local, field-ripened strawberries won’t be around until late June. Why wait? It’ll be even better with juicy local berries and tender spinach from the farmers market. But in the meantime, eating this salad gave me the delicious hint of summer I was craving.

Strawberry spinach salad with molasses vinaigrette:

  • Enough baby spinach to feed your crew
  • 2-3 Tbsp. toasted pine nuts
  • 1 pint of strawberries, washed & sliced

Molasses vinaigrette:

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp. vinegar (cider, sherry or red wine)
  • 2 Tbsp. Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 4 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp. oregano
  • Sea salt & pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Whisk together vinegar and Dijon until smooth.
  2. Add molasses and combine well.
  3. Add oil in a thin stream, whisking well to combine.
  4. Add remaining ingredients & mix well.  

Nutritional info: Per Tbsp. of dressing Calories: 45, Fat: 4.2 g, Saturated Fat: .6 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 18 mg, Carbs: 2 g, 5ugar: 1.4 g

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Spinach salad with strawberries and a molasses vinaigrette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walnut Molasses Salad Dressing is Healthy & Homemade

Servings: 6 serving(s)

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total time: 5 minutes

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This walnut molasses salad dressing recipe proves that vinaigrette-style salad dressing is quick, easy and always delicious. 

walnut molasses salad dressing

Why buy what you can make?

There are lots of things that I don’t make myself, things that I could make (like puff pastry) but I don’t. For many reasons.

But something that I never buy is salad dressing.

I always make my own because it’s so tasty.

And easy.

This is what I call my “house” dressing and the walnut molasses dressing recipe below is for a double batch  so you won’t run out. The recipe is delicious with hazelnut oil too, and almond oil… You could make it using just olive oil, or sunflower seed oil. As for vinegar, try it with balsamic, or red wine vinegar. Try adding a teaspoon or two of Dijon mustard. Add some dried oregano.

See what I mean? This basic recipe can become 10 different salad dressings depending of what you have in your cupboard and fridge.

Walnut Molasses Salad Dressing Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup walnut oil
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • Generous pinch of salt
  • Fresh ground pepper

Instructions:

  1. Combine everything in a mason jar and give it a good shake.
  2. Store in the fridge.

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