a summer salad: spinach with strawberries, feta, and candied walnuts

I went to a dinner this week where we were all asked to bring a comfort food—or food from our childhood. It was feeling so warm and springy this week, so I knew exactly what I wanted to bring. My mom used to make this strawberry spinach salad for picnics in the summer when I was growing up and it was so tasty. And, more importantly, sooooo easy. 


Strawberry spinach salad
8 handfuls of spinach
8-10 sliced strawberries
½ to 1 cup of feta cheese (depending on how much you want)
2 c. of candied walnuts (recipe below)

Mix all of the ingredients together in a big bowl and serve.

I didn’t have time to make my own dressing this time, but here’s a great recipe to use

Candied walnuts
half a cube of butter
2-3 c. walnuts
¼ c . brown sugar (or more…)
½ tsp. salt

Melt the butter in a sauté pan at a low to medium heat. Add the sugar and move it around the pan a bit. Add the walnuts. Coat the walnuts in the buttery sugar goodness for about 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and transfer to a paper towel or plate to cool and sprinkle the salt evenly over the nuts. You can even pop them in the fridge for a bit to speed up the process. If you have any leftover, these make a great little snack or a topping to your oatmeal the next morning.