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corner view: dinner party


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What our family brings would be seasonally and categorically dependent on our resources and responsibilities. Now that it is summer here, I tend to dip back into one of my oldest favorites. 20 years ago, I had a wonderful mentor. He is such an inspirational academic, boss and all around human being. When he was at his busiest and most stressed he would respond with food preparation. So during classes, board and staff meetings there would frequently be an offering that he had prepared. This salad was one of my favorites and the recipe was one of the many gems I gleaned from my time working and learning from him. To this day when I bring the salad to potlucks I get requests for the recipe.

Spinach and Fruit Salad

12-16 oz of fresh spinach, delete all non-tender portions

1+ pint strawberries sliced

4-6 oz. whole pecans, toasted lightly

Optional: medium size grapefruit- peeled, deveined and sliced or 1 tart orange, or ½ avocado


(make 8-24 hours ahead before serving)

1/3 Cup red wine vinegar

1/2 Cup Peanut or Canola Oil

1 TBSP Dry Mustard

1/2 Cup fine sugar

1 ½ TBSP finely minced onion

1/2 TBSP Poppy seeds

Blend together and refrigerate. Dressing typically separates so shake well before use.


Layer (2+) spinach, fruit, pecans, dressing


8 thoughts on “corner view: dinner party

  1. I’d forgotten all about spinach salad! My first mother-in-law had a wonderful recipe much like yours. I must fix that again. The past few years I’ve used spinach as the base of a mixed salad instead of lettuce and we’d use whatever salad dressing was on hand. But that doesn’t show off the spinach’s flavor like this recipe does. She always put bacon in hers too.
    Your daughters look adorable here. I can’t believe how much your youngest has grown—I guess I’ve not been paying attention. :>)

  2. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I really do hope to try it soon. I remember the first time I took the time to toast nuts for a salad…I felt like a great secret had been unlocked.


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