I love salty. I love sweet. But the two should not be together: not at a party, not in the club and especially, not on my fork.
I may be losing all cooking street cred, but there is nothing that is more disgusting than a combination like cheesecake: the same cream cheese on my bagel, in a cake?! Absolutely not. Food is either salty or sweet, not both.
And yet, this salad completely breaks the rules and deliciously combines the savory and the sweet. While I would like to claim it was genius which inspired me, it was not. Instead, it was the strawberries and spinach bordering between edible and goo that led to the creation of this salad. Whether its fresh or slightly slimey, this salad will satisfy the savory and sweet.
Spinach Strawberry Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
Here’s what you need:
- A bag of spinach or mixed greens
- 2 handfuls of walnuts
- A ¼ block of Feta or ¾ of the already crumbled package
- 6 Strawberries
- 3 slices of Turkey Bacon (or regular bacon)
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Salt and pepper to taste
Step 1: Start by chopping the walnuts into small pieces and heat up enough oil to coat entire bottom of skillet on medium/low heat.
Step 2: Add walnuts and stir them around, they will start to smell strong (and really good!) The walnuts will begin to change to a darker, caramelized brown. Take them off the heat, move the walnuts to one side and drain 1-2 Tblsp into a small sealing container with a lid.
Step 3: Add 1 tsp of oil, 1 tsp of Balsamic Vinegar. Shake it like a salt shaker.
Step 4:Drain the walnuts of oil by placing them on a paper towel set on a plate and put them aside.
Step 5: Wash and dry the spinach, cut up the strawberries and cook the turkey bacon.
Step 6: Cook the bacon between paper towels on a plate for 2 ½ minutes on each side. Your bacon may need more or less time, depending on whether or not your microwave sucks more or less ass than mine. With that said, I’d recommend listening to the bacon pop. It’s like popcorn, only meatier and crispy once the popping slows. Smash it up over the spinach.
AND FINALLY… put the walnuts, strawberries and dressing over the spinach and let your tastebuds go cray cray.