Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 7 mins

An absolutely delightful and tasty salad, especially when fresh baby spinach and strawberries are available. This recipe was given to me by a famous Chef in Palm Springs, CA. This is a must to make.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. SALAD: Break off root ends and tough stems (if any) and discard.
  2. Place spinach in a large bowl, add ice and cover with water; set aside to chill.
  3. SUGARED ALMONDS: In a small saucepan, combine almonds, sugar and water.
  4. Cook over medium-low heat for 5 to 7 minutes or until sugar is almost completely melted and nuts are golden, stirring occasionally- (there will be unmelted sugar on nuts).
  5. Spread almonds on a large plate; let cool and then break into small pieces.
  6. (Make ahead, as nuts can be stored in an air-tight container for about 3 days).
  7. DRESSING: In a small bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, honey, poppy seeds and chives.
  8. Drizzle in olive oil and whisk until blended.
  9. Now whisk in Dijon mustard until well blended.
  10. Whisk in salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Remove spinach leaves from water, pat dry on paper towelling and break into pieces.
  12. Add to a large mixing bowl.
  13. Add sliced strawberries and toss lightly to mix.
  14. Add dressing and toss gently until spinach and berries are lightly coated.
  15. Add almonds, toss lightly and serve.
  16. TIP: Packaged ready-to-use baby spinach can be found in the produce section of most supermarkets.
  17. There are 8 cups of baby spinach in (one- 6 ounce) package.
  18. NOTE: Only make enough salad that will be eaten at this one time serving. The salad will get somewhat soggy if kept for another day.


Most Helpful

Incredible recipe! The only thing I did was leave out the poppy seeds.. but that's because this was part of a romantic dinner and I didn't want to look at poppyseeds stuck in his teeth! Highly recommended for anyone!

Marcy1 August 12, 2002

This is really a marvelous salad. It's one of my daughter's favorites! I very thinly sliced red onions which I think gave it a sweet and sour flavor. Love the nuts method of toasting it in the pan with sugar. It's a Keeper! Thank you Uncle Bill

ForeverMama July 28, 2012

This was a huge hit! Everyone loved it and it was super easy. I left out the poppy seeds and offered feta cheese on the side. I will definitely be making this again!

CookKT July 04, 2011

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