Spinach Salad with Strawberry Basil Balsamic Dressing

A few days ago I got a brand new Blendtec high speed blender and I've been enjoying it so so much! Smoothies, juices, almond butter and everything else I can think of has gone into that thing. Today I was inspired to make a dressing in it and I was not at all disappointed. And that's coming from someone that says that they are not into salads. I LOVE this salad! 

I used some of the Vegan Garlic Dill Havarti and I swear that just took this salad from "wow this was good!" to "HOLY MOLY I could eat this every day!!!" This salad just screams "SPRING IS FREAKING HERE, FINALLY!!!" and I really needed that to be screamed at me because I am fully ready for spring. Okay, tomorrow is the official first day of spring so just go get the stuff for this today and make it tomorrow. You will have spring fever in no time!! 

Spinach Salad with Strawberry Basil Balsamic Dressing

You don't have to have a high speed blender to make this dressing so don't get too worried. Just follow the directions for using juice instead. It will still taste fan-freaking-tastic (I actually wrote fan-freaking-tasty on accident but that's an even better description!) But you DO have to make the Vegan Dill Cheese because it is amazing on a salad! 

Spinach Salad with Strawberry Basil Balsamic Dressing

Spinach Salad with Strawberry Basil Balsamic Dressing

Dressing:

  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 peeled orange (or 1/4 cup orange juice if you don't have a high speed blender)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 

Blend everything in a high speed blender (I used my new Blendtec! Loving it!) If you don't have one you can use the orange juice and use an immersion blender or a regular blender. It should keep in your refrigerator for 3-5 days.

Salad: 

  • Vegan Garlic Dill Havarti (recipe here!)
  • washed baby spinach (several cups per person)
  • 4-5 sliced strawberries for each salad
  • several slices of red onion
  • Strawberry Basil Balsamic Dressing (above)
  • sliced toasted almonds, if desired

Toss your spinach, sliced strawberries and red onion together. Use a small spoon and dollop some of the Vegan Garlic Dill Havarti all over your salad. Sprinkle with a few almonds and pour on a bit of dressing (as much as you like!) Enjoy! 

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