Strawberry Spinach Salad

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In celebration of heart health month I wanted to feature this awesome salad loaded with good-for-your-heart foods! Again, another yummy recipe you gotta try!  I am in love with this salad!

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As I opened my frig, I saw a hug container of spinach and strawberries and I knew I had to make this salad.

So simple and so delicious.  After I shot this picture I took a couple of bites and gave the rest to my hubby, he really liked it and said, “Wow, that really filled me up!”  But I did have Homemade Italian Breaded Chicken and by the way we didn’t pass that up either, haha!

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Combine all ingredients into a plastic container or jar. 

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I like to make extra, therefore I will eat more salad because it is so good!  Here are all the ingredients, canola/olive oil, red wine vinegar, paprika and stevia.  Simple as that!

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Once all the ingredients have been added to the container put the lid on and shake to emulsify the dressing together!

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Yum!  This is actually a meal in itself!  It looks like a lot of feta but did you know that one ounce (which is a ton) of feta is only 60 calories, yes, feta is actually a lower in calories and fat  than many other cheeses!

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I had some toasted walnuts in the freezer.  To simple toast them just put them in a skillet and remove from heat when you smell them.

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Now let’s not forget about the heart-healthy benefits of this wonderful salad.  Oh it is good-for- you too?  Wow, who knew? Good tasting food AND good for you!

INGREDIENT

HEART HEALTHY

Spinach
  • Good source of B-complex vitamins including (vitamin B12) folate  that help protect against blood clots and hardening of the arteries. Niacin (vitamin B-3) helps increase HDL "good" cholesterol.
Olive/Canola oil
  • Rich in monounsaturated fat that may
    help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol while protecting HDL (good) cholesterol.
Walnuts
  • Super-rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fats, which help prevent blood clotting,ease inflammation and help prevent abnormal heartbeats.
Strawberries
  • Excellent source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps protect cells from free radical damage.
  • Good source of fiber, helping lower cholesterol levels.
Feta (yes, even feta)
  • Good sources of potassium and calcium that help lower blood pressure.

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Strawberry Spinach Salad Dressing (Serves 3)

Ingredients

1/4 cup canola/olive oil blend

2 tbsp red wine vinegar

2 packets stevia

1 1/2 tsp paprika

Preparations

In a container with a lid, add all the ingredients and shake together!

Nutrition facts: 82 calories; 9 grams fat; 3 grams monounsaturated fat; 0 grams protein; 2 grams carbohydrate

 

Salad includes strawberries, toasted walnuts, green onions and feta cheese!  Add any type of protein to this salad, even this week’s post with the Crock-Pot Shredded Chicken.

 

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