It is the middle of March and 78 degrees today. No wonder I'm thinking about salads instead of soups and stews. This is the perfect before garden summer salad.
Fresh Spinach and Fruit Salad
with Poppy Seed Dressing
about 6 salads
1 cup sliced strawberries
1/2 cup mandarin oranges, drained
1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh mushrooms
12 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
8 thin slices sweet white or red onion, separated
2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
4 cups spinach, stemmed, washed, and torn into bite-size pieces
In a serving bowl combine all of the ingredients. Cover and refrigerate. Just prior to serving dress with poppy seed dressing.
Poppy Seed Dressing
1/2 cup honey
1 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup lime juice
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1/4 teaspoon salt
In a jar or cruet with fitted lid combine the dressing ingredients. Cover and shake well. Chill thoroughly. Pour the dressing over the salad just before serving. You will not need all the dressing. Use remainder on another salad.