I swear, salads get a bad rap. As a diet, boring, tasteless side dish. But in reality, salads need to be front and center! Savor the gorgeous colors, textures, and fresh flavors of summer in a tasty yet light way that keeps you full and cool despite the heat.
In this salad, I wanted to the veggies and berries to take center stage so I kept the dressing simple. No time to make your own dressing? Not a problem, there are some great bottled vegan balsamic and poppy-seed dressings out there. Take the time to enjoy the tart strawberries, delicate spinach and earthy fresh basil – it’s really a great blend of texture and flavor.
What is your favorite summer salad??
dressing- makes approximation 1 cup
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2/3 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon agave
salt and pepper to taste
3 cups organic spinach
2/3 cup strawberries- thinly sliced
2 tablespoons basil – chiffonade or ribbon cut
1/4 cup tofu feta – optional
layer spinach and strawberries onto plate, drizzle with 1-2 tablespoons dressing, top with tofu feta and basil.