Spinach, cashews and pasta are mixed with roasted asparagus in this delightful spring salad. The mixture is topped with a light vinaigrette, seasoned with soy sauce and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. I've used this recipe many times.
This makeover recipe is ideal for spinach. It's also a great way to dress up chicken salad or coleslaw. Yet it has less than half the calories and fat of the original dressing and about 40% less carbohydrates.—Cindy Harnish, Wexford, Pennsylvania
This lovely spinach salad is tossed with chopped cucumber, broccoli, mushrooms and raisins. Sent in by Glenna Petersen of Wellsville, Utah, its coated in a sweet homemade dressing that's very tasty. TIP: “For variation, substitute red and green grapes for the spinach,” Glenna advises.
Pear slices and some dried cherries, crunchy pecans, spinach and blue cheese combine to make this special savory salad from Laurie LaClair of North Richland Hills, Texas. "This elegant and impressive salad draws oohs and aahs every time I serve it," she notes. "Guests always think I've fussed, so I keep it my little secret that I can prepare this salad in 15 minutes!"
Apple, onion and bacon flavor this crunchy salad from Roberta Ashcraft of Twin Falls, Idaho. "After eating a similar salad at a restaurant, I concocted my own version," Roberta relates. "The dressing gets its zip from chili powder and hot pepper sauce."
Puree some leftover strawberries, add a little oil and white wine vinegar and you'll have strawberry vinaigrette.
Some grocery stores do carry strawberry vinaigrette, which can be used in place of raspberry vinaigrette.
My garden offers up a treasure trove of fresh vegetables to spark her imagination. When I toss my spinach with Swiss cheese and bacon, the salad tastes like quiche lorraine...without the effort.—Nella Parker, Hersey, Michigan
This light, refreshing salad from the CW Test Kitchen is the perfect antidote to heavy holiday meals. It's also a show-stopper, visually and nutritionally, with fresh strawberries and yellow pepper strips tossed with fresh baby spinach. The recipe is also a good use for turkey leftovers. Serve with warm whole wheat rolls or flax or bran muffins.
If you want something new to try for your Thanksgiving menu, toss this salad together. Fresh spinach leaves are tossed with toasted almonds and dried cranberries and drizzled with poppy seed dressing. It's likely to become a holiday tradition at your house, too.
- Michelle Krzmarzick