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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.