Sesame Strawberry Salad

July 9, 2009 by Ali

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There are so many smells I love in the kitchen — homemade bread, freshly cut pineapple, any sort of roasting garlic — mmm, the list goes on and on… But if I were ever forced to pick an absolute favorite, there would be no contest. My answer would be two simple words:

Sesame oil.

My heart may or may not skip a little beat each time I get to reach in the cabinet for that fabulous little bottle of goodness. :) It’s divine!!

Thus, to offer a slight alternative on the standard balsamic and strawberry salad, I recommend this little gem of a recipe. It’s great for fruity salads, marinades, and whatever else you can dream up. And its delightfulness is, of course, all due to the you-know-what. Enjoy!!

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Sesame Strawberry Salad

Total Time: 25 minutes

4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 bunches fresh spinach - chopped, washed and dried
  • 1 pint strawberries, halved

Method

Whisk together the sugar, sesame seeds, sesame oil, poppy seeds, dried onion, paprika, oil and vinegar. Refrigerate until chilled.

In a salad bowl, combine the spinach and strawberries. Drizzle with dressing, toss lightly and serve.

Adapted from allrecipes.com

Ali's Tip: If you have a toaster oven, it's the best place to toast up a batch of nuts! So much easier than dealing with preheating a full-sized oven, and preparing/cleaning a full-sized cookie sheet. :)

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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