Spinach Salad with Strawberries and Asparagus

Asparagus and strawberries are in peak season now. So take advantage of it and prepare this delicious, light and refreshing spinach salad with balsamic dressing.
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Spinach Salad with Strawberries and Asparagus – Taking Advantage of the Peak Season

 

When I was a child, every year I waited for May when, finally, I could enjoy fresh strawberries. They were (and probably still are) my favourite fruit. So, when the strawberry season started, I had them every day (probably even a few times per day!) in loads of different forms.

There were of course cakes with a sponge base, strawberries and either whipped cream or jelly. I loved strawberry milkshakes, so I either drank them or ate with … pasta and cottage cheese.

I know the latter may sound like a strange combination. But for Polish children, it has always been a dream dish, especially in kindergartens’ and school canteens!

And of course, nothing could beat the taste of strawberries freshly picked from bushes (nobody cared about a bit of sand!).

That time of the year also meant that majority of Polish kitchens transformed into small production lines. There, the women were making strawberry jams, confitures and kompot so even in long, cold months everybody could enjoy a delicious reminder of early summer.

 

Spinach Salad with Strawberries and Asparagus – Delicious, Seasonal Treat

This craze never lasts long simply because the strawberry season in Poland is short: 1-1.5 months. But nowadays everywhere in Europe, we can buy strawberries almost all year round. Even in winter, they look beautiful and I – like lots of other people – sometimes get caught in this trap.

Trap – because behind these beautiful big, red, firm berries very often there is no taste at all. You bite into them and quickly realise that “red” is only on the outside and “firm” means hard as wood…

That’s why the best idea is still to enjoy them when they are in season and taste divine. And if you would like to take advantage of another seasonal ingredient – asparagus, you can try this delicious, refreshing Spinach Salad.

This is an extremely easy to prepare dish in which its main ingredients complement each other perfectly. That is why you don’t need many other additions to make it outstanding. A bit of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a drizzle of honey will do the job.

Despite the simple components, the Spinach Salad with Strawberries and Asparagus is beautiful both in taste and look. And I would highly recommend it to everybody.

 



 

Spinach Salad with Strawberries and Asparagus

Agnieszka Weiner
Delicious and refreshing salad with spinach, strawberries and asparagus.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Total Time 18 mins
Course Salad
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 500 g white or green asparagus
  • 80 g fresh spinach
  • 200 g strawberries sliced,
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • salt and pepper.

Instructions
 

  • Boil a pan of salted water.
  • Remove woody ends from the asparagus, peel, if you are using the white asparagus, and cut the stalks into 3-4 pieces.
  • Put the asparagus pieces in the boiling salted water and cook for 3 min. Immediately transfer to a bowl with ice cold water, keep there for 2-3 minutes, drain well.
  • Arrange the spinach, strawberry slices and the asparagus on a serving plate.
  • Mix the olive oil, the vinegar and the sauce, season and pour over the salad.
Keyword spinach salad
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