When I eat something like this, I feel like a should be at a country club or some fancy-pants place. This would have been way out of my league a few years ago since I've just recently started to try "different" foods. Oh, my... this is a wonderful salad though. I do have another recipe for a Strawberry Spinach Salad on here, but this recipe is a bit better, I think. I does help that there is feta cheese on this one- a definite added bonus. If there are people out there raising an eyebrow at the look of this... just try it! I loved the dressing. It was spectacular spectaular. yes... so spectacular that it got a double one.
source: Cooking Light Annual Cookbook 2002
2 c whole strawberries
1/3 c white wine vinegar
2 T orange juice
2 t olive oil
1/2 t dried thyme
1 t sugar
1 t dijon mustard
1/4 t salt
1/8 t freshly ground pepper
6 c torn spinach
3/4 c diced fennel bulb (I didn't use this, so I don't even know what fennel looks like- this is probably why I've never been in a country club)
2 c quartered strawberries
1/4 c feta cheese
Combine the first nine ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth. Your dressing is done! I did use slightly less vinegar in mine so it wasn't so overpowering.
Place 2 T of the dressing, the spinach, and fennel (if using) in a bowl. Toss to distribute the dressing. Divide onto four plates, top with 1/2 c strawberries, 1 T feta cheese, and a little more dressing. I added some slivered almonds, although the recipe didn't call for them.
This is a light recipe! indulge.
I'm off to play Angry Birds. 'night!