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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

3 Ways to Spice Up a Spinach Salad

ideas to spice up a salad

Salads are a quick and easy,but still very healthy meal.Besides those reasons,I really really like salad.I know you probably won`t believe that,but it`s true.I actually eat it,because I like it not because it`s good for my waistline.

This time I experimented a little bit with spinach and came up with three different salad recipes.Of course I couldn`t resist to share them with you and hopefully you like them as much as I did.

1.Spinach salad with nuts & seeds

Salad recipe with walnuts and seeds

The most simple one of my three spinach salad recipes.Just added some seeds and walnuts.Sometimes simplicity is quiet enough.

What you need (for two servings):
  • 9 ounces fresh spinach
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 tablespoons of different seeds (pumpkin,soy,sunflower,etc.)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil,or any other oil you like
  • 2 tablespoons walnuts 
What you need for the dressing (for 2 servings):
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil,or any other oil you like
  • 4 tablespoons vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • salt
  • pepper
  • grounded onions
  • grounded garlic
  • salad herbs mix,I bought it like that
  • chopped chive
  • any other herbs and spices you like 
Rinse off the spinach and the carrots.Then peel the carrot and shell them into thin stripes.Chop the walnut into little pieces.
Heat the oil in a frying pan,then roast the seeds for 2 minutes.Put them on household paper to remove the remaining oil.
Add all the ingredients together in a bowl.Prepare the dressing,pour it over the salad and mix well.

That`s all you need to do!

2. Spinach salad à la Provence

Salad recipe inspired by herbs from Provence

This salad is strongly inspired by the Provence,a region in France,which is known for it`s delicious herbs and lavender.A recipe just perfect to use all the herbs that are growing in your garden. 

What you need (for 2 servings):
  • 7 ounces fresh spinach
  • 2 ounces fresh young and green salad
  • 10 to 15 cream cheese balls,I used one with herbs from the Provence
  • 2 tablespoons different seeds (pumpkin,soy,sunflower,etc.)
  • 2 tablespoons walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil,or any other oil you like 
  • chopped chive
  • croutons,if you like to
The preparation of this salad kind of works like the first one,so look above for everything.I also used the same dressing.
3.Egg & bacon spinach salad

Salad recipe with bacon and eggs

This recipe is a more rustic one,due to the bacon and the eggs.And it was definitely my favourite one.

What you need (for 2 servings):
  • 9 ounces fresh spinach
  • 1-2 carrots
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ounces bacon,cut into little dices
  • 2 tablespoons of different seeds
  • 2 tablespoons walnuts
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil,or any other oil you like
I used the same dressing like above,as well as the procedure.Additionally you need to boil your eggs for 10 minutes and then chop them into little pieces.And you need to roast the bacon dices for 5 minutes in a frying pan.You can roast them together with the seeds,like I did or separately.

And what about you guys?Do you like spinach salad?Do you have some other ideas or recipes?


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