Hello, Everyone! I am thrilled to be here at The 36th Avenue with you today…thanks so much for having me!
My name is Cathy and I blog over at Lemon Tree Dwelling, where I share my favorite recipes, holiday inspirations, and simple craft tutorials.
Today I am so excited to introduce you to my new favorite summer salad – this delicious Tropical Spinach Salad with Sweet Lime Vinaigrette!
I distinctly remember, as a child, when I found out that tomatoes are not actually vegetables, but fruits! WHAT!?
I was suddenly fascinated by this fact….and by the fact that, for my entire life, I had been eating fruit on pizzas, tacos, turkey sandwiches, even salads! Who knew? At the time, of course, I found it both intriguing and a little disturbing (how had I been wrong for so long… and why was I eating fruit on my tacos??) Oh, how things have changed since then.
In other words, I’ve come a long way! Not only am I completely unphased by the fact that tomatoes are a fruit, but I actually LOVE adding fruit to my salads! Especially in summer. I made this salad for myself on a particularly hot day a few weeks ago, and it instantly became my new favorite. The combination of sweet and savory with a tangy lime vinaigrette was exactly what I was needed – light, refreshing, and delicious! And with pecans, fresh-shaved parmesan, and avocado (which, by the way, is also a fruit!) it was surprisingly satisfying. Perfect for lunch or dinner, perfect for summer, perfect for you!
Tropical Spinach Salad
- 3 c. fresh baby spinach
- ⅓ c. strawberries, chopped
- ⅓ c. pineapple, chopped
- ½ avocado, cubed
- 1 slice red onion, quartered ⅛ c.
- ⅛ c. chopped pecans
- fresh-shaved parmesan cheese, to taste
- Layer ingredients in medium salad bowl and top with Sweet Lime Vinaigrette.
- Sweet Lime Vinaigrette
- /8 c. olive oil
- /8 c. vinegar
- Tbsp. lime juice
- Tbsp. agave nectar
- Combine ingredients in a small container with a lid; shake well.