Strawberry spinach salad

One of my favourite design bloggers is launching her second collection at Target next week. The first one had all kinds of pretty essentials for a spring party, while the second has everything under the sun for a picture-perfect picnic. I am in love with the striped picnic basket and the multicoloured bento boxes in perfect serving sizes for one. And the gold-dipped condiment squeeze bottles? I die!

This strawberry spinach salad would look so pretty served on the coordinating melamine plates. The berries and fresh greensΒ say summer!

strawberry spinach salad

I’m not much of a dressing person so I’ve just squeezed a little lemon juice on top. Do you have a dressing to suggest?

Strawberry spinach salad

Serves 4 to 6


4 cups fresh spinach

1.5 cups sliced strawberries

1 cup blueberries

1/2 cup walnuts

1/3 cup goat cheese

Sprinkle of lemon juice


Toss the spinach, strawberries and blueberries together.

Pinch off small pillows of goat cheese and sprinkle on top. (The goat cheese will schmear if you stir it in; plopping it on top is more appetizing, I think.)

Sprinkle with lemon juice or your own dressing.



A fresh take on fruit salad

I love a salad all year round, but usually stick to your typical green. Boring? Maybe. But I likes what I likes!

This week I’m tossing things up (pun intended) with my spin on a few salads I’ve seen here and there, starting with this fresh fruit one inspired by a recipe in the June ’14 issue of Fitness RX magazine.


fruit salad blue plate

It’s so simple there’s really no need to include a “recipe” per se, just cut up your favourite fruits, toss with a few torn basil leaves and sprinkle a little lemon juice on top.

I splashed out and included all kinds of fruits, but I bet it would be equally delicious with just two or three. Here we have fresh cantaloupe, grapefruit, strawberries, blueberries, oranges, kiwi and canned pineapple because I was too lazy to cut up a whole one.

I’d never tried herbs with fruit and the taste surprised me. It’s refreshing and light and anything but boring.