"My inspiration to become a culinary artist roots back to the artistic talents my Mother shared with me over all the younger years of my life. This salad of hers always makes me reflect back to how she taught me that the simple things in life are the most beautiful."
1/2 pound Spinach, washed and air dried
1 pint Strawberries, cleaned and thinly sliced
2 ounces Slivered almonds, lightly toasted
cup Granulated sugar
2 tablespoons Sesame seeds
1 tablespoon Poppy seeds
1 teaspoons minced onions
teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
cup Cider vinegar
cup Extra virgin olive oil
Place sugar, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, onion, Worcestershire sauce, paprika and vinegar in a blender. Add the olive oil in a steady stream with the blender on low speed to mix and emulsify (thicken), the dressing. As my mother did not have a blender, she would just shake all the ingredients in a mason jar to blend, which in my opinion, works better.
In a bowl, mix the fresh spinach with the dressing and then toss in the strawberries and almonds.
Lovingly place the salad onto chilled salad plates making sure to show the beautiful berries and almonds.
Garnish with a fresh strawberry.