Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Spinach Salad with Spicy Honey Dressing

This salad is to celebrate warmer days and the bounty of the season in the Southern hemisphere. Also, it is my entry for the Leftover Queen Forum that listed mushrooms, herbs and cheese for this month's foodie joust. I wanted something cool and refreshing, but a little spicy, and this dressing is exactly what I had in mind: sweet and spicy.

Spinach salad
4 cups torn fresh spinach
1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 cup sliced almonds
2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 cup moyashi (bean sprouts), rinsed and drained if using canned
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or tofu cubed)
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

Spicy honey dressing
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup honey (microwave for 20 seconds)
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon chili sauce or pepper sauce
1 tablespoon shoyu (or worcestershire sauce)
1/4 teaspoon salt

1) In a large salad bowl, combine the spinach, mushrooms, almonds, tomatoes, celery, moyashi, cheese, parsley, salt and pepper.

2) In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the dressing ingredients; shake well. Drizzle desired amount over salad and toss to coat or serve dressing on the side. Serve immediately. Refrigerate any leftover dressing.

Recipe adapted from a leaflet found inside magazine Taste of home, dated 2003.


Anh said...

Cris, what a refreshing salad! And the dressing sounds absolutely wonderful!

Patricia Scarpin said...

I was a late discoverer of salads with raw spinach, Cris, and I was missing something great!
This salad you made looks wonderful!

Thistlemoon said...

That dressing sounds just wonderful Cris! Yum!

Nunnie's Attic said...

I'd have to leave out the shrooms - but the rest sounds so good. I'm anxious to try that dressing. Seems it would hit every taste bud. Yum!


Abby said...

I love salads with lots of special ingredients! And that dressing sounds super yummy. What a great idea!

East Meets West Kitchen said...

That looks like a yummy salad!