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Summertime Spinach Strawberry Salad

Add one more to the list of spinach superpowers – evidence shows it may also keep your eyes healthy!

 

Poor vision due to macular degeneration is very common in aging adults. Spinach is an abundant source of lutein, an antioxidant that makes up part of the retina. Some studies have shown that a spinach-rich diet can reduce or even reverse this age-related damage.

 

But there’s no need to eat spinach for this reason alone – just enjoy it because it’s delicious. Paired with sweet berries, creamy goat cheese, and the tang of balsamic dressing, the fresh, tender baby leaves in this salad are simply delectable. Perfect with some French bread and a glass of white wine.

 

Salad

 

6 cups baby spinach, washed
5-7 strawberries, sliced and hulled
6-8 white mushrooms, sliced thin
1/3 cup walnuts
¼ cup goat cheese, crumbled

 

Dressing

 

½  cup olive oil
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced
½ tsp salt
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

 

Directions

 

  1. First, make the dressing by whisking all dressing ingredients together or shaking them in a jar.
  2. To assemble the salad, toss the spinach, mushrooms and strawberries in a large bowl with about a third of the dressing.
  3. Plate the spinach mixture and top it individually with the walnuts and goat cheese. Drizzle some of the reserved dressing over the salads.

 

Serve and enjoy!

 

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