Sesame Strawberry Salad

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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

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

Directions:

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.

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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