I was introduced to this lovely salad about 9 years ago. My big sister served this at my wedding shower brunch. It was a hit then and still is now...do you think that after 9 years this could be considered a "timeless" dish? This salad has made it's appearance at church events, summer parties, family gathers, casual meals with friends, holidays, and even one funeral. If you want a "go to" salad that is super versatile and loved by many (not all since my picky husband won't even taste it) put this on your must try list for the summer; it's perfect for that backyard BBQ, lovely dinner, or a baby shower.
Strawberry Spinach Salad
2 Tablespoons sesame seeds
1 Tablespoon poppy seeds
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup distilled white vinegar (I usually use cider vinegar)
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 Tablespoon minced onion
1 package fresh spinach-rinsed, dried, and torn into bite size pieces
1 quart strawberries sliced
1/4 cup slivered almonds
Crumbled Feta Cheese (optional)
In a medium bowl, whisk together the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sugar, olive oil, vinegar, paprika,Worcestershire sauce and onion. Cover and chill for at least one hour. In a large bowl, combine spinach, strawberries, and almonds. Pour dressing over salad and toss. Refrigerate 10 to 15 minutes before serving.