“Kids Corner” Strawberry Spinach Salad

Kids of all ages can help prepare this salad. Preschoolers can tear the spinach leaves while older kids can help measure and use the blender to make the dressing. With everyone having a hand in preparation, they will be much more likely to taste and like this spinach salad.

2 bunches of fresh spinach leaves
1 pint strawberries (about 2 cups sliced)

½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
½ teaspoon minced onion
¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
¼ teaspoon paprika
¼ cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup cider vinegar

Remember to wash your hands!

Wash spinach leaves and strawberries in clear water and drain well.

Remove stems from spinach leaves, tear into bite-sized pieces and place in a large bowl.

Remove stems from strawberries. Slice the strawberries and add them
to spinach.

In a blender or food processor, combine sugar, seeds, onions,
Worcestershire sauce and paprika.

With blender running, add oil and vinegar to combine ingredients. Chill.

Toss spinach and strawberries with about half the dressing and serve,
reserving the rest of the dressing for another recipe.

Serves 6.

Helpful Hint: Wait to combine the dressing with the salad until just
before serving. Separately, both will keep in the fridge for a couple of days. Drizzle dressing over the strawberries and spinach, and then toss.

From Kansas State Research & Extension Family Nutrition Program.

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