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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Dreaming Of Summer

Lately it's been rather cold and dreary here in the Northwest.  I enjoy all the seasons, but so many days of cold has left me dreaming a bit of warmth and the joys that summer brings.   One of those joys is fresh vegetables from the garden.  In my early growing up years, we lived out in the country in Southern Illinois and we had a huge garden.  One of our staple summer meals was spinach salad.  Really, this salad can be a side, but we loved it as a main dish.  Nothing is better on a hot summer evening than a big bowl of fresh, cool salad.  This salad can be tweaked however you need it to be; healthy, meatier, meatless......  I love it just the way my mom used to make it for us.  Be aware, you must eat this the same night, it's not nearly as good the next day.

Bring some summer dreams into your home tonight.

Spinach Salad 
2 bunches fresh spinach, washed & stems removed
4-5 boiled eggs, sliced
1/2 lb of bacon, cooked and sliced or broken up
1-2 bunches of green onions, sliced (depending on your love for onions)
For the dressing:
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup vinegar (your favorite kind, but not balsamic)
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce 
3 Tbsp. ketchup
dash of garlic salt/powder

  • Mix together ingredients for the dressing and shake well.  I usually use a mason jar.
  • Lightly toss all ingredients for the salad.
  • Either drizzle dressing over whole salad, or individual salads.
**Roasted sunflower seeds make an excellent substitution for the bacon if you are looking for a meatless alternative!

Click here for printable recipe   

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