This strawberry spinach salad comes together quickly and easily, and is topped with a sweet and simple maple vinaigrette.
Strawberry Spinach Salad with Maple Vinaigrette
This month’s Recipe ReDux theme is Easy Ways to Reduce Food Waste: In honor of Earth Day on April 22, we’re challenging ReDux members to show how they reduce food waste. Whatever you would normally toss, use it up. Share tips for reducing food waste in meal planning, prep or using up scraps.
I think we all want to cut down on food waste. Nobody wants to throw their money away. Lives are busy, though, and it’s easy for things to get ahead of us. Meals that are planned don’t always get made, so we can end up with a fridge full of things that haven’t been used. I know the feeling: I always seem to have that one bag of spinach that I never got around to opening, and I also tend to over-purchase produce. I’m a vegetarian and I use a ton of veggies, but I almost always buy slightly more than I really need.
It’s always the same. The day before a grocery run, I am overwhelmed by the produce I need to use up. It hasn’t gone bad, but it has seen better days, and I need to find a way to get rid of it without throwing it away. One of the best easy fixes is to whip up a salad.
Salads are a great way to eat more fruit and veggies– especially the fruit and veggies sitting around in your fridge. Another wonderful thing about salads is that they’re guidelines– you can always switch them up to work with what you have on hand.
The fruit in this salad gave me an excuse to go a little sweeter than I usually do with the dressing, and this maple vinaigrette is a simple and easy way to make a salad pop.
Honor Earth Day by celebrating with the food you already have! 🙂
- 8 oz. fresh spinach
- ½ cup strawberries, sliced
- ¼ cup grapes, halved
- ¼ cup slivered almonds
- 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
- any other fruits and vegetables of choice
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- ½ teaspoon mustard
- salt and pepper, to taste
- In a mixing bowl, toss the spinach, strawberries, and grapes together with any other fruits and veggies you choose. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the syrup, vinegar, and mustard together, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Divide salad equally and drizzle with the dressing; top with almonds and sunflower seeds.
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