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Strawberry Spinach Salad

This salad is a personal favorite and a major crowd pleaser! With so many delicious toppings, it will surely be the salad everyone craves!
Prep Time: 1 hr
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 25 mins
Servings: 10 servings

Ingredients
 

Strawberry Spinach Salad Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup strawberry jam

Salad

  • 1 head red leaf lettuce - or green leaf lettuce
  • 3-4 cups spinach - stems trimmed (can add more or less spinach)
  • 1/3 cup bacon crumbles
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 15 wontons - cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 cup red bell peppers - chopped
  • 1/2 red onion - thinly sliced
  • 1 cup strawberries - sliced

Instructions
 

  • Make the dressing: In a large liquid measuring cup whisk the vinegar, sugar, oil, dry mustard, salt, and jam. Mix vigorously until all ingredients are well blended. Set aside. If making in advance, you can cover and refrigerate the dressing until ready to use. 
  • Toast the pecans: In a skillet over medium heat add the sugar and pecans. Stir occasionally until sugar melts and nuts are coated and slightly browned. Remove from heat and set aside. 
  • Fry wontons in hot cooking oil util golden, remove with a slotted spoon and set on a paper towel lined plate. 
  • When ready to serve salad place the red leaf lettuce, spinach, bacon, bell pepper, onion, and strawberries in a large bowl and toss. Add the salad dressing and toss to coat. Add the pecans and wontons last. Serve immediately. 

Notes

Can use fresh raspberry jam and fresh raspberries instead of the strawberry jam and fresh strawberries. Use any nut variety you’d like… almonds, cashews.
Can replace the fresh fruit with dried cranberries.
When ready to serve the salad you have 2 options: 1) You can toss everything together in a large bowl and drizzle the dressing overtop. 2) You can assemble individually so that one can choose how many/which toppings they'd like on their salad.
 
Recipe source: my mother, Marcell.

Nutrition

Calories: 304kcal (15%), Carbohydrates: 28g (9%), Protein: 4g (8%), Fat: 21g (32%), Saturated Fat: 2g (10%), Sodium: 269mg (11%), Potassium: 161mg (5%), Fiber: 3g (12%), Sugar: 20g (22%), Vitamin A: 1090IU (22%), Vitamin C: 23mg (28%), Calcium: 31mg (3%), Iron: 1mg (6%)