During the summer or warm season, you would normally head to the beach and show off your fit and fab figure. Having a nice figure does not necessarily mean that you need to stop eating tasteless food. Fruits and vegetables are good options, as they do not make your skin dry while on diet; they rejuvenate you on the contrary. You can also make this a habit if you plan to keep your diet on a regular basis. Be sure to check with a nutritionist for best results. Making a spinach cucumber strawberry salad is a good option especially for health-conscious people, like you.
First, you will prepare the dry ingredients and then the dressing so you will need a blender. Once you have blended the dressing, you will pour it evenly to the salad on the plate. Here are the details in making this simple but refreshing salad. Some advice here for substitutes and techniques are at your disposal.
- Prepare the dry ingredients. You will need one bunch of spinach. Typically, we use the term ‘bunch’ as it would feed one person. Tear the spinach into bite size pieces. It would be healthy if you get organic spinach, as it is pesticide-free. You would also need one cucumber and two cups of washed, fresh strawberries. You may slice the strawberries into two or four pieces depending upon your choice. Slice the cucumber. As for the nuts, you can either use a cup of pecans or walnuts. They say that walnuts are easier to eat because they’re softer. On the other hand, pecans are more solid but it is actually up to you whichever you prefer. One common thing though is that they can both help lower your cholesterol. One cup of chunked gorgonzola cheese will bring in the sodium in the dish. Equivalents for these would be Stilton or Roquefort cheese. In a big bowl, place the bunch of spinach, cucumber, strawberries, pecans, and gorgonzola cheese (or whatever cheese you decide to put in). Toss the salad.
- Prepare the salad dressing. You would need one cup of raspberry, one-half cup of water, one-fourth cup of olive oil, one tablespoon of honey, and one-fourth cup of raspberry vinegar. Yes, there is such a thing as raspberry vinegar. It’s basically a mix of raspberry juice, vinegar, and sugar. A substitute for this one is white wine vinegar. In a blender, place all the ingredients in any order and blend for thirty seconds.
- Serve. Place the salad into a plate. Since the salad has been tossed, the ingredients should have been distributed evenly. Next, pour the blended dressing making sure that it is mixed or blended well with the salad greens. Do not put too much dressing though as the spinach might get too soggy for you or your guests to enjoy.
There you have it. Just make sure to mix and blend the salad dressing with the entire ingredients well. Other additional ingredients you can put here would be sesame seeds or poppy seeds. Enjoy a great tasting, guilt free salad.