Posted by: ourbakersdozen | June 10, 2012

Spinach Salad – to die for! Seriously!!


This salad is the creation of a dear friend of mine, Flora, and enjoyed this the first time at her birthday party. And man, can this girl cook and throw a party. Delicious food and all severed with a flair and beautiful style. The true south reigns at her table!

So without further adieu here it is:

Spinach Salad

 Ingredients for actual salad:

2 (6 oz packages) of raw spinach*

½ cup gorgonzola cheese (less or more depending upon desired taste)

½ cup dried cherries

Vinaigrette:

½ cup extra virgin olive oil

¼ cup red wine vinegar

1-2 tsp balsamic vinegar

3 Tbsp honey

1 small shallot, finely chopped (You can substitute green onions if need be)

1 tsp Dijon mustard

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp freshly ground pepper

Servings: 10 ½ cup portions (approximately)

Flora’s Notes:

I have adapted this recipe from several sources. The cheese is optional and other dried/fresh fruit could be substituted for the cherries. The balsamic vinegar in the vinaigrette is my own addition. You might be able to increase salad servings by adding an extra 3-6 oz of spinach while keeping vinaigrette portion the same.

* At a later time Flora and I talked about the amount of spinach and determined that the bags may have been larger. I will be checking when I purchase my spinach from my favorite store. I will be making this salad this week and will updates as to how this amount of vinaigrette spread over two bags of spinach which I am certain is larger than 6 oz. Be sure to check back in a few days to see!

This week I will be serving this as a side to pork chop or chicken main dish along with rice. But this salad makes an awesome side to just about anything and will bring you raves to any function you bring it to. I intend at times, with Flora’s blessing, to replace the dried cherries with bacon bits! We substituted cranberries the first time we made it here at home.. and I have to say – there were a lot of cranberries sitting on the edges of plates. Maybe we just put too many in…

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