Jamie says: Today we had a Sardine Party at the VA! Today was my second sardine party with the dietitians and a fellow dietetic intern. I brought a can of sardines and made a salad. To prepare, I browsed through my stash of recipes, and then came up with my own- a Strawberry Poppy Spinach Salad. Then, last night I ventured off to Publix to buy the ingredients.
A sardine party really is quite an experience. Everyone brought something tasty to share. I moved the papers off my desk and out came the delicious food- four types of sardines, smoked oysters, bread, my salad, couscous, eggplant caponata, and chocolate covered almonds and pretzels. Our favorite sardines were the smoked sardines and the ones in red sauce. As one of the dietitians says, “In Sardines We Trust.”
Strawberry Poppy Spinach Salad
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 9 oz bag of pre-washed spinach
- 1/2 large onion
- 16 0z container strawberries
- 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
- 5 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 Tbsp poppy seeds
- 1/2 Tbsp sugar
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Pour almonds on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, turning once. Crush walnuts into small pieces.
- Pour 1/2 bag of spinach salad in a large bowl.
- Slice strawberries and mince onion. Pour half of strawberries and minced onion on top of spinach in bowl. Pour 1/2 of goat cheese and crushed walnuts on top.
- Pour remaining spinach in bowl. Top with remaining strawberries, onion, goat cheese, and walnuts.
- Prepare dressing by pouring apple cider vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, poppy seeds, sugar, and black pepper in a small jar or container with a lid. Shake well. Pour on salad right before serving. Serves: 6. Enjoy!
Everyone seemed to enjoy the salad. It was refreshing and sweet.
- Nutrition note: For better iron absorption from plant foods, pair a vitamin C-rich food with the plant source of iron. For example, The vitamin C in the strawberries helps you absorb the iron in the spinach better.