Spinach Salad with Low-fat Poppy Seed Dressing

photo-spinach saladStrawberries are so plentiful in the Spring. But this is a good salad for Fall because walnuts are everywhere.  I try to purchase strawberries from local people that raise them.  The flavour is so much better.  Or I bid on them at my favorite place ever…the PRODUCE AUCTION!  But if you must, go to the grocery store.

For the Salad:

1 8 oz. package of fresh spinach
6 strawberries sliced
1/2 cup of raw walnuts
2 slices of red or sweet onion, cut in half
salt and pepper to taste
Place spinach, strawberry slices, onion and walnuts into a bowl and in that order.


1/2 can of navy beans (rinsed and drained)
1 tbsp. poppy seeds
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup apple cider
1/2 shallot
1 tbsp. dijon mustard
2 large squirts of agave syrup
salt and pepper to taste

Place all items in the blender and blend until smooth.  Check seasoning to see if more agave is needed (or less), for example.