Spinach Arugula Salad with Strawberries

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spinach arugula salad with strawberries-2

 

This is a nutritious and vibrant spring salad with spinach, arugula, asparagus, and strawberries. Crisp green leaves and bright sweet strawberries are tossed in a light balsamic vinaigrette, then topped of with turkey bacon and feta cheese. It’s so delicious  and healthy.

 

Ingredients-

Dressing:

3 tablespoon balsamic vinegar*

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil*

1 tablespoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon squezed lime juice

fresh ground black pepper

* Good quality balsamic vinegar and olive oil is a must for perfect results of this dressing.

I used balsamic vinegar from Trader Joes and Organic California Olive Ranch Olive oil.

Salad:

Baby Arugula

spinach (baby spinach)

Asparagus sliced 

fresh strawberries quartered 

Cooked turkey bacon (fried/baked)

Feta,blue,or gorgonzola cheese

optional ingredients:

candied walnuts or pecans

sliced red onion

 

Directions:

Using a hand blender or blender mix balsamic vinegar,sugar,salt,black pepper, and oil. Then add lime juice and pulse couple times.

( You can adjust salt or sugar to your liking). If the dressing to thick,you can liquify by adding a little bit of water.

Toss spinach, asparagus, arugula ,strawberries, bacon, and candied nuts with some dressing.

Top with cheese and serve.

 

 

Spinach Arugula Salad with Strawberries

Ingredients

  • Dressing:
  • 3 tablespoon balsamic vinegar*
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil*
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon squezed lime juice
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • * Good quality balsamic vinegar and olive oil is a must for perfect results of this dressing.
  • I used balsamic vinegar from Trader Joes and Organic California Olive Ranch Olive oil.
  • Salad:
  • Baby Arugula
  • spinach (baby spinach)
  • Asparagus sliced
  • fresh strawberries quartered
  • Cooked turkey bacon (fried/baked)
  • Feta,blue,or gorgonzola cheese
  • optional ingredients:
  • candied walnuts or pecans
  • sliced red onion

Instructions

  1. Using a hand blender or blender mix balsamic vinegar,sugar,salt,black pepper, and oil. Then add lime juice and pulse couple times.
  2. ( You can adjust salt or sugar to your liking). If the dressing to thick,you can liquify by adding a little bit of water.
  3. Toss spinach, asparagus, arugula ,strawberries, bacon, and candied nuts with some dressing.
  4. Top with cheese and serve.
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Meringue Cake with Berries

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Lovely clouds of meringue layered with smooth whipped cream and colorful sweet berries. This cake tastes light and heavenly.It’s always a hit at parties and perfect for spring and summer.

Meringue Cake with Berries

Ingredients

  • Meringue:
  • 6 egg whites (room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar*
  • *It's fine with out it too.
  • Cream:
  • 3 cups Heavy whipping cream
  • 8 0z. cream cheese
  • 1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange liqueur*
  • * you can substitute vanilla extract
  • Choice or mix of:
  • Sliced strawberries
  • blueberries
  • raspberries
  • blackberries
  • sliced kiwi
  • sliced peaches/nectarines

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
  2. Beat egg whites with sugar.
  3. Add cream of tartar and continuing to beat until meringue is stiff.
  4. Trace 3 -9 inch circles on a parchment paper.
  5. (I use the bottom part of spring foam baking pan lined with parchment paper)
  6. Spread or pipe meringue evenly over the circles.
  7. Bake for 2 hours.
  8. Turn off the oven and keep it in the oven for another 2 hours or overnight.
  9. Meringues can be made a night or two before.
  10. Cream:
  11. Beat cream cheese.
  12. Gradually add sugar.
  13. Add in orange liqueur/vanilla extract.
  14. On med-low speed, add heavy whipping cream.Increase speed as the cream gets thicker.
  15. Beat until smooth and fluffy.
  16. Assembling (Maximum of two hours before serving)
  17. Spread a generous amount of cream on the meringue layer.
  18. Arrange fruits and berries.
  19. Place the second layer on top of the fruits and berries and repeat the steps for the rest of the layers.
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Cottage Cheese Pancakes

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Want try something different then regular pancakes? These pancakes are fluffy,wholesome,and delicious.Adding cottage cheese just makes them delicate and somewhat hearty.You can top it off with any type of fruit you like; berries,bananas,kiwi,peaches or anything you like.You can choose from 2 homemade syrups or just use real maple syrup.

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour*
  • 1 cup white flour*
  • 1 1/4 cup cottage cheese*
  • 3 tablespoons sugar or 2 tablespoons honey/agave syrup
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/4 cup warm milk
  • Creamy Syrup:
  • 1/2 can condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons(heaping) sour cream
  • syrup:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablsp. heavy whipping cream
  • ½ teasp. ground cinnamon**
  • berries or any fruit of choice
  • cottage cheese for topping
  • * You can use all whole wheat or all white flour
  • ** optional

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl combine all dry ingredients.
  2. In another mixing bowl whisk eggs with sugar,vanilla,oil,and cottage cheese.
  3. Add milk.
  4. Gradually add in all dry ingredients.
  5. Heat a skillet or griddle on medium-low heat.
  6. Add a spoonful or scoop of batter to a skillet.
  7. (I like to use lid and cover the pancake, that way its cooked all the way through and not gooey inside)
  8. Flip pancake and repeat the process with the rest of the batter.
  9. Creamy syrup:
  10. Combine condensed milk with heavy whipping cream in a small saucepan.
  11. Heat the saucepan on med-low heat.
  12. Remove from heat and whisk in sour cream.
  13. Syrup:
  14. Combine water and brown sugar in a medium saucepan.
  15. Bring it to a boil on a high heat.
  16. Boil for 8-10 minutes until the syrup reduces to approximately 1 cup.
  17. Remove from heat and whisk in the cream and cinnamon if you like.
  18. We like to combine these two syrups together.It's really good!
  19. Pour syrup over pancakes.Add dallop of cottage cheese and top it off with fruits or berries.
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Berry Parfait

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This is a light and fresh breakfast,snack,or even dessert.Very simple to make  and nutritiously loaded with superfoods  .

Berry Parfait

Ingredients

  • Plain yogurt
  • raspberries
  • strawberries chopped
  • blackberries
  • blueberries
  • Raw agave syrup,honey or real maple syrup
  • Your choice or mix of-
  • oats
  • amaranth
  • hemp seeds
  • chia seeds
  • flax seeds
  • raw buckwheat (not toasted)
  • almonds,cashews or hazelnuts.

Instructions

  1. Layer the ingredients in a tall glass or wine glass in this order;
  2. yogurt
  3. berries
  4. your choice of nuts,seeds,oats listed above.
  5. drizzle a little bit of raw agave syrup or honey.
  6. repeat the layer and top with more berries.
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Spinach Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

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A Delightful,beautiful,healthy and refreshing salad especially when strawberries are in season.This salad can versatile by adding different variety of ingredients of your choice.Poppy seed dressing is so delicious that you can eat it with a spoon.You can also add this dressing to your fruit salad.

Spinach Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Ingredients

  • Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds, toasted.
  • Salad:
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries,sliced.
  • Feta,blue,or Gorgonzola cheese crumbled
  • Other optional ingredients:
  • Walnuts,pecans,or hazelnuts toasted.
  • Fried onion pieces
  • bacon

Instructions

  1. To toast poppy seeds:
  2. Place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat,stirring constantly for about 2-4 minutes.
  3. Dressing:
  4. In a small bowl,whisk together buttermilk,sour cream,honey,lemon juice and poppy seeds.
  5. * Dressing can be made ahead and kept in a tight container for up to 4 days.
  6. Salad:
  7. Toss spinach and strawberries with dressing.Top with your choice of cheese and other optional ingredients.
  8. My personal favorite is blue cheese,hazelnuts and fried onion pieces.
  9. *Dressing adapted from Eating Well
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