Hey everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter (for those of you that celebrate it). We had a fabulous week. My parents made the trip to St. Paul to take care of our kids, while Radd and I took a quick trip to Chicago. We went to see the rock band The National play at the Chicago Theater. We’re slightly obsessed with this band. In fact, I’d go so far as to say they’re the best band of all time. I know that’s a bold statement, but I stand by it. So there’s my little musical recommendation for you. Chicago was fabulous and so was time away with my husband. The kids were spoiled by their grandparents, so everyone was happy.
Let’s be honest, vacationing usually includes throwing caution to the wind and eating whatever one wants. We did that. And we drank too many craft beers and cocktails. Getting back on track is always in order when we return home. I’ve been eating lots of salads this week. I had a few spinach salads with this strawberry balsamic vinaigrette and it is– as my five-year old would say “Amazin!” I’m always hesitant about posting such easy recipes on my blog (this dressing only contains 3 ingredients). I generally figure that everyone already makes it or uses this trick. My sister-in-law (whom I chat with everyday on the phone) assures me that is not the case. I was telling her about this dressing and I think she’ll be making it very soon.
I usually make this dressing when my jam jar is pretty much empty, but there is still a slight film of jam in it. I hate to waste, so I pour in some good balsamic vinegar and a splash of good olive oil, put the lid on, and give it a shake. Voilà! Out comes this delicious vinaigrette. The strawberry jam and balsamic vinegar are a match made in heaven–cherry works great, too. Of course you don’t have to wait until you’re nearly out of jam. And you certainly don’t have to make just one portion, as I’ve given in this recipe. Make a jar of it– it’ll keep well in your refrigerator. It’s great poured onto spinach and topped with chopped almonds and hemp seeds, or whatever you happen to fancy. Enjoy!
The Recipe: Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette with Spinach
1 teaspoon good quality strawberry jam
1 tablespoon good quality balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon good quality extra-virgin olive oil (California Olive Ranch is my favorite)
Combine ingredients in a jar and shake. Season with salt and pepper, if necessary. And add a bit more olive oil, if you prefer it less vinegary. Increase amounts for a larger portion size. Store extras in the refrigerator. Toss with fresh spinach. Top with chopped almonds, hemp seeds, or even blue cheese, if desired.
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