Strawberry spinach salad with champagne vinaigrette

Posted: April 17, 2011 in gluten-free recipes, vegan recipes
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I’ve got a spring cold, and have no appetite whatsoever.  So I made something light, and I made something as yummy as possible so I’ll eat.  This was nice.  I have a raspberry salad with a vinagrette recipe my mom gave me that I actually like a little better.  I’ll post that at some point, too.

On Sunday nights in the suburbs, very few restaurants are open.  (We’re vegetarian and have filters for definition of ‘restaurant’ that others don’t.  I’m sure there’s plenty open; just very few where we have any desire to go.)  Today I was lucky enough (and Janet, the nights charge nurse was fabulous and merciful) to be canceled due to low census.  So I made food.  If I leave Mark in charge of Sunday dinner, we have ridiculously delicious Indian or Asian fusion food that is 98% fat from coconut milk.  He’s not feelin great today, either.  Simple for me, sweet for him, was what we needed.  I found this.

source:  Skinny Bitch Ultimate Everyday Cookbook, Kim Barnouin

vegan, -gluten


  • 1/4 c Champagne vinegar (5 bucks a bottle.  I didn’t know.)
  • 2 tbs agave nectar
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 c olive oil (When I used 1/2 c, all I could taste was olive oil.  2 tbsp was far too little and vinegary.  Try 1/4 c)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 4 c baby spinach (or spring greens)
  • 1 c sliced strawberries
  • 1/3 c raw sunflower seeds
  • pepper to taste

Whisk vinaigrette, toss salad, and sprinkle vinaigrette over your greens and strawberries.

You will see that we are drinking the very wonderful 14 Hands 08 Cabernet Sauvignon…which you’re not supposed to be able to get through a liquor store, but we’ve been able to by advantage of Mark having owned a liquor store until last August.

You’ll also note that very attractive Christmas tree glass.  That’s Mark’s.  It’s indestructible.  Any other glass he is at risk for shattering, except that one.  I keep trying.

Also note the background, Guenoc’s 2007 Port.  That’s dessert, and it is DIVINE.  We toured Langtry (Guenoc) winery last summer.  I tried their port (possibly the 06), and it was like tasting a raspberry in my mouth.  I continued to taste that port all afternoon, despite having tasted other (far lesser) wines.  The 07 is great, too.  We got a few bottles for the wedding that just arrived this week, and we’re allowing ourselves to have one of the bottles early.  Mmmmmm.

p.s. I think I’m a small and petty and selfish person, but it’s such a relief to be busting open a bottle of good wine and to be slicing large, juicy organic strawberries when the ex-wife comes to pick up the kiddo.  I didn’t pour any until she, her fiance/significant other person (really nice guy) and the kiddo left….but just seeing it on the counter said to me:  IT’S SUNDAY NIGHT….

I am a horrible human being.  But I, and my love, eat and drink well.

  1. Hey, first of all, feel better!

    Second, I don’t think you’re selfish at all. Better to be slicing orgasmic (um… Freudian slip, organic) strawberries than folding laundry.

    Third, about the salad – yes, agave nectar is expensive too, but I bought some anyway because it keeps coming up in g-free recipes. I am excited to try this salad, because I have been wondering what else I could use it for!

    Love the idea of port for dessert.

    Do you like the Skinny Bitch cookbook? I’m on the hunt for some new ones…. Just ordered Crazy Sexy Diet.

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