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Summer Spinach Salad

 Summer Spinach Salad
Guests always request the recipe for this fabulous spinach salad. Tossed with ripe banana chunks, fresh strawberries and toasted almonds, it looks and tastes special enough for company. The tangy poppy seed dressing is a snap to combine in the blender. -Callie Berger, Diamond Springs, California
14 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 8 cups torn fresh spinach
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 2 pints fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 3 large ripe bananas, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted

Directions

  • In a blender, combine the first six ingredients. Cover and process
  • until the sugar is dissolved. Add the poppy seeds; process just
  • until blended.
  • In a salad bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Drizzle with
  • dressing; toss to coat. Yield: 14 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 149 calories, 10 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 99 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 2 g protein.