Strawberry & Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

Elsie Maxwell always has a carafe of strawberry vinegar on her counter, ready for action.


1 pound fresh spinach, washed, torn into pieces
1 pint fresh strawberries, stems discarded, sliced
1/3 cup Strawberry Vinegar
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup olive or canola oil
1-1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds


In a large bowl combine spinach and strawberries.

In a smaller bowl, whisk together Strawberry Vinegar, sugar, mustard, and salt. While still whisking, drizzle oil into mixture to make a vinaigrette.

Add mixture to spinach and strawberries and toss to coat. Sprinkle with poppy seeds.

Strawberry Vinegar


1-1/2 cups small strawberries, stems discarded
1-1/2 cups white-wine vinegar
1/2 cup sugar


Place strawberries and vinegar in a jar with a tight lid. Let stand in a sunny window 3-4 days (the vinegar should be bright red).

Strain into a small saucepan and discard berries. Stir in sugar; heat on medium setting until mixture comes to a boil. Simmer over low heat about 10 minutes.

Cool and pour into a clean bottle. Cover and store in a cool, dry place or in the refrigerator.

Cooking & Recipes


6 servings

Preparation Time: 

30 minutes

Start to Finish Time: 

30 minutes (plu

Preparation Method

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