Spinach Salad Recipe Ideas For Your Table

Spinach Salad Recipe Ideas For Your Table

June in Indiana brings us fresh spinach if we planted it and if not we can find some nice fresh leaves at the local farmers markets. I love fresh spinach to eat in salads or to cook with!  A nice spinach salad is often my choice at lunch time. As a kid, I had to eat a lot of spinach because I was anemic and it was a great natural source of iron. My Mom (bless her heart) was not so great with her cooking creativity and usually gave me canned spinach which was pretty awful. As I began to mature and started creating my own meals, I found that fresh spinach was awesome in a salad. I actually prefer it over lettuce most of the time.

So, with that in mind and it being ready to harvest, I thought I would share some ideas for having a spinach salad on your table. The following is one of my new favorite ways to serve it:

Spinach Salad with Mushrooms And Avocado

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbs soy sauce
  • 2 1/2 Tbs rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp chili garlic sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 4 cups sliced button mushrooms
  • 8 cups baby spinach leave
  • 1 cup corn kernels (frozen works best) be sure to thaw them
  • 1 cup avocado (peeled and diced)
  • 1/2 cup grated carrot
  • 1/2 cup green onions thinly sliced
  • 3 tsp toasted sesame seeds

Putting it together:

  1. With a whisk mix together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar, chili garlic sauce and oil in a bowl. Add the mushrooms and toss them to coat them with the liquid. Let them marinate at room temperature for 2 hours.  Toss it a few times while it is marinating.
  2. Drain the mushrooms and save the marinade. Toss the spinach, corn, avocado, carrot and onions in a bowl. Now add the marinade and toss it again to coat everything.
  3. Serve the spinach in individual bowls .  Top with extra mushrooms and sprinkle with the toasted sesame seeds.

A Spinach Tip

Place your fresh spinach in a plastic bag and store in the refrigerator. You should plan to eat it within three days. Fresh spinach is usually kind of gritty so rinse it thoroughly before you use it. Do not rinse it before you place it in the bag, though.

Spinach Salad With Strawberries …. YUM

spinach salad Another thing that is or will be soon ready to harvest in our Indiana Gardens is strawberries. Have you ever had a Spinach salad with strawberries? Oh my goodness it is so good!  The recipe that I like the most right now is the one that Rachael Ray has on the Food Network. Rather than trying to recreate the recipe, I am just giving you the link to their page because I can’t improve on her recipe. I just know that I really like it. The image to the left is her picture of her recipe, too.

Grow your own or buy from the local Farmers Market

June is the beginning of being able to harvest some of our garden plants and I think it is so exciting every single year. There is just something so rewarding from being able to cook with the items that you have grown yourself. Also, we know for sure what was used or not used on those plants and do not have to worry so much about harmful chemicals and agents that someone else might have used. If you do not have a large garden or use containers for your gardening and there are plants that you just couldn’t grow because of limited space, do not fret. Visit those local farmers markets that are usually open on Fridays and Saturdays. They will begin to have produce that has been locally grown and ready for you to take home to enjoy with your family. Never be afraid to ask where the food was grown and if they know whether it was grown organically or not. My rule of thumb is that if they say they don’t know or they hesitate in giving me the information, I can decide to go to the next stall and purchase from someone who is willing to tell me.

So much of what we grow can be used in a salad like the spinach that I have talked about here in this post. Since our harvesting is just beginning you might like to get yourself a good cookbook that has salad recipes in it. I recommend the Super Salads: More Than 250 Super-Easy Recipes for Super Nutrition and Super Flavor. It has so many wonderful recipes to try and covers virtually every kind of plant that is grown in a garden.

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Beverly Owens

Bev has been decorating rooms and homes since she was a little kid, starting with her own bedroom. She loves to share ideas for decorating different rooms in the home along with some outstanding products that she finds from time to time. Join her on Google+

Comments

  1. My son-in-law would love this recipe! Actually, we have several family members who would enjoy it, but I thought of my sil first. Thanks for sharing the recipe! And, yes, we prefer buying from our local farmers market too when the fruits and vegetables are in season.

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