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The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN -

Spring al­ways finds me planning (and look­ing for­ward to) my meals for the Easter week­end. This fresh new be­gin­ning that comes along with spring­time has peo­ple planning their gar­dens and an­tic­i­pat­ing all the won­der­ful, fresh pro­duce soon to be at our fin­ger­tips. Here is a fresh salad that takes only a few min­utes, a hand­ful of in­gre­di­ents and leaves you with one less dish to plan for at Easter. It will look beau­ti­ful on your din­ner ta­ble.

Ba­con, Av­o­cado, Straw­berry Salad with Pop­py­seed dress­ing

3 cups baby spinach 3 cups torn ro­maine or a nice spring mix of greens 10 slices ba­con, [crisp cooked, and crum­bled] 2 cups ripe straw­ber­ries, washed and quar­tered 2 ripe av­o­ca­dos, sliced 1 cup fresh white mush­room slices ½ red onion, sliced 1/4 cup pe­can halves (you can toast them for ex­tra fla­vor) *Op­tional – 1 can sliced hearts of palm Op­tional – sprin­kle ¼ cup fresh, grated parme­san cheese over salad to serve. For the Dress­ing: 1/4 cup Greek yo­gurt 1/4 cup may­on­naise 2 ta­ble­spoons straw­berry bal­samic vine­gar (or white wine vine­gar, or plain white vine­gar) 1 ta­ble­spoon sugar 1 tea­spoon poppy seeds salt and pep­per to taste In a salad bowl, toss the greens to com­bine. Add re­main­ing in­gre­di­ents and mix gen­tly. In a smaller bowl, whisk to­gether the yo­gurt, mayo, vine­gar, sugar, poppy seeds, salt and pep­per un­til smooth. Driz­zle over salad and serve promptly. I found a nice straw­berry pop­py­seed dress­ing in the gro­cery store that I used on this salad when I was pressed for time. There are a va­ri­ety of dress­ing “con­coc­tions” out there nowa­days that would work quite fine with this as well.*I often add hearts of palm to my sal­ads and find peo­ple not rec­og­niz­ing what they are. They are one of my fa­vorites!! If you’ve not tried them, you will find them next to the canned ar­ti­choke hearts. One way I often serve them is in a sim­ple salad with fresh mush­rooms and grape toma­toes us­ing a may­on­naise- based dress­ing. ( There is al­ways one miss­ing from the can as I can­not re­sist the taste of them on their own!!) A Happy Easter to you, hope­fully all in the com­pany of good food, fam­ily and friends.

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