Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Spinach, Strawberry & Ricotta Cheese Salad

Strawberries are in season!!!  I love strawberries for it's sweet flavour and  it's gorgeous colour .You will definitely be seeing a lot more posts from me this strawberry season.
Since they are very perishable, strawberries should not be washed until right before eating or using in a recipe. Do not remove their caps and stems until after you have gently washed the berries under cold running water and patted them dry. This will prevent them from absorbing excess water, which can degrade strawberries' texture and flavour.
This salad is the easiest salad that I've ever tried and it's not only tasty but also gorgeous looking too.




20 big sized leaves, washed, patted dry
20 pieces strawberries cut in halves (fresh or frozen)
 ricotta cheese for garnish (I used home-made)


for the dressing
2tbs olive oil
1tbs red wine vinegar
1tsp lime juice
2tbs honey
1tsp cinnamon powder
salt to taste


Mix all the ingredients for the dressing and refrigerate it for an hour before serving.
Break  spinach leaves into desired sizes and place them in a serving plate or a salad bowl. Arrange the strawberries and  ricotta cheese on the bed of spinach if using individual plates or just toss all of them together in a salad bowl. Drizzle it with the prepared dressing and serve at room temperature. Serves 2.




My tastebuds: It's a great combination and the flavours blend in perfectly. A must try this strawberry season!

Tip: Dry cottage cheese may be substituted for ricotta, but the flavour will be milder and a bit saltier. You may wish to smooth the cottage cheese by putting it through a blender with 1tbs skim milk.

This is my submission to this week's Souper Sundays, hosted by Kahakai Kitchen, to Gulten-Free Holiday, hosted by The Whole Gang, to this month's Only Greens, hosted by Sara's Corner and Foodelicious and to Hearth and Soul, hosted by Girlichef.


7 comments:

  1. looks so colorful and delicious!

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  2. Simply delicious salad, lovely.

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  3. Looks delicious and colourful Megha. Thanks for the entry to the event.

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  4. Hi Megha! I certainly WISH strawberries were in season here instead of it being FREEZING cold and ready to snow! Oh the taste of a delicious ripe berry would be heaven! So I can live vicariously through you! I would like to welcome you to the hearth and soul hop and let you know I am now following your blog! Thanks for sharing this with the hearth and soul hop and all the best to you! Alex

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  5. Gorgeous salad--so bright and colorful. Way to make the most of the season. ;-) Thanks for sending this to Souper Sundays.

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