Strawberry Spinach Salad

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 This  Strawberry Spinach Salad is one of my favorites!

Its no secret, I’ve hit the treadmill this new year! And making changes in our diet have been easier than I thought.  With delicious choices like this, I cannot go wrong!  The dressing for this salad is semi-homemade ( a departure for me) but perfect and not too sweet! Top this salad with a handful of blue cheese or feta crumbles and a few chopped nuts and you’ve got a meal fit for a queen!

 

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Strawberry Spinach Salad
 
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Not too sweet. A Perfectly refined flavor for dinner or lunching.
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 tsp Smuckers Seedless Sugar Free Strawberry Jam
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea Salt, to taste
  • Freshly-cracked black pepper, to taste
  • ½ small red onion, sliced
  • 1 pint strawberries, washed, caps removed and sliced
  • 4 cups chopped baby spinach
  • Blue Cheese or Feta Cheese Crumbles for topping
  • Chopped Pecans, Almonds or Walnuts for topping
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl measure 2 teaspoons strawberry jam
  2. whisk in vinegar until smooth
  3. then wisk in extra-virgin olive oil.
  4. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Toss the spinach with strawberries and onions
  6. Pour on dressing
  7. Toss again thoroughly to coat the salad
  8. Top with crumbled feta or bleu cheese and nuts

 

 

This Is How Ya Do The Watermelon Crawl

Quick, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind when I say Summer in The South? Yep, hot, sweltering hot days. And most of my childhood, those sweltering hot days were usually accompanied by, you guessed it WATERMELON. Here are my favorite 3 great summer coolers for the adults and a couple of family favorites. Enjoy!

 

Kudzu Queen’s Dream (fit for Royalty)
 
Sexy and Fresh take on an old favorite drink
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Recipe type: Adult Beverages
Cuisine: Southern
Ingredients
  • 2 oz. Reposado* tequila
  • 2 scoops fresh watermelon
  • 1 mint sprig 1 oz. simple syrup
  • ¾ oz. fresh lime juice
Instructions
  1. Muddle mint and watermelon.
  2. Add remaining ingredients.
  3. Shake and strain into a rocks glass.
  4. Garnish with mint sprig.

*Tequila Reposado

A Reposado Tequila is the first stage of “rested and aged”. The Tequila is aged in wood barrels or storage tanks between 2 months and 11 months. The spirit takes on a golden hue and the taste becomes a good balance between the Agave and wood flavors. Many different types of wood barrels are used for aging, with the most common being American or French oak. Some Tequilas are aged in used bourbon / whiskey, cognac, or wine barrels, and will inherit unique flavors from the previous spirit.

 

 Watermelon Martini

  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice or ½ ounce sour mix
  • 1 ounce melon liqueur
  • 1ounce citrus-flavored vodka (use the good stuff)
  • 1 ½ ounce freshly pureed watermelon
  • Crushed ice
    Sprig of mint, for garnish
    Small slice of watermelon with rind, for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, combine lemon juice, melon liqueur, vodka and watermelon puree over crushed ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with mint sprig and watermelon slice and serve.

 

Watermelon Margarita (Frozen)

  • 5 cups watermelon, cubed, seeds and rind removed (about 1 3- to 4-pound melon)
  • 1 cup silver Tequila
  • 1/2 cup Cointreau or Triple Sec
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
    Watermelon slices (optional), for garnish

Preparation:

Place cut watermelon in airtight container and put into freezer overnight.

Put the frozen watermelon and remaining ingredients into blender and blend until smooth.

Pour into margarita glasses and garnish with a wedge of watermelon if you like.

 

 

Watermelon Pickles

  • 2 quarts water
  • Rind from 1 large watermelon
  • 1/2 cup(1 dL) salt
  • 2 1/2 cups(6 dL) cider vinegar
  • 2 cups(400 g) sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cloves
  • 1 small stick cinnamon, in pieces
  • 2 tablespoons whole allspice

Remove the pink pulp from the watermelon and cut the rind into manageable pieces. Cover with boiling water and boil for 5 minutes; drain and cool. Cut off the green outer skin of the watermelon rind and remove any remaining bits of pink pulp. Cut the rind into 1-inch strips or squares or any shape you prefer. You should have 8 cups of cut-up rind. Mix the salt with 1 1/2 quarts cold water and pour over the rind. Let stand at room temperature for about 6 hours. Drain, soak in several changes of fresh, cold water, and drain again. Cover with fresh, cold water, bring to a boil, and simmer just until tender when pierced with a fork; drain. Mix the vinegar, 1 cup water, and the sugar in a pot, then add the cloves, cinnamon, and allspice tied in a cheesecloth bag. Simmer until the sugar dissolves. Add the watermelon rind and simmer until it is clear, adding more water only if necessary. Remove the spice bag. Pack in hot, sterilized jars and cover with the boiling liquid, leaving 1/4-inch headspace, and seal. If you wish, process in a boiling-water bath for 10 minutes.

Ginger Watermelon Pickle: Add 1-2 tablespoons chopped preserved ginger to the vinegar mixture


Watermelon Salad

  • 1 (5-pound) watermelon
  • 1 Vidalia or other sweet onion
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 4 ounces feta cheese crumbled
  • 6 whole mint sprigs

Cut the flesh from the melon and cut into bite size pieces, removing and discarding the seeds, and set aside. Peel and slice the onion into rings.
In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, salt, pepper, and whisk until salt is dissolved. Slowly whisk in the olive oil, a few drops at a time. Add in the chopped mint, taste, and adjust seasonings.
In a large bowl, combine the melon, onion, and feta. Pour the dressing over the melon mixture and toss gently until everything is coated and evenly mixed. Garnish with mint sprigs.
To serve, divide salad among individual plates and garnish with mint leaves