Spinach-Strawberry Salad Skewers

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Joy and I recently attended BlogHer Food 2012 at the Olympic Fairmont Hotel in downtown Seattle. The food at every meal was fantastic – far better than anything I’ve ever eaten at a hotel conference event. One idea we fell in love with was a “salad” of spinach leaves served on a skewer. What a great catering idea!

For our Cook for the Cure® party we took things one step further, threading stacks of tender baby spinach leaves, fresh local strawberries, and thick-cut, apple smoked bacon on 6″ skewers and serving them on a platter with a jar of poppy seed vinaigrette.

These salad skewers were a huge hit with our friends. So cute, so fun! Give them a try the next time you throw a party. I bet your friends will love them, too. If you have trouble finding 6″ skewers at your grocery store, you can order the kind we used here:
6″ Skewers with A Twisted End.


Spinach-Strawberry Salad Skewers
 
A beautiful presentation and a fun way to serve a spinach salad. Works best with 6" skewers.
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • FOR THE SKEWERS:
  • 12 - 6" bamboo skewers
  • 10 oz. baby spinach
  • 12 large strawberries
  • 6 pieces thick sliced bacon
  • FOR THE DRESSING:
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. poppy seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1½ tsp. minced onion
  • ¼ tsp. paprika
  • ¼ cup oil
  • ¼ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
Instructions
  1. Remove any large stems from the spinach.
  2. Wash the strawberries, remove the stems and cut berries in half lengthwise.
  3. Cut the bacon into 1" pieces and cook in a large sauté pan until it is fully done, but not too crisp. Drain on a paper towel.
  4. To assemble the skewers, stack 5 or 6 spinach leaves on top of each other - facing the same direction and slide onto a skewer. Follow with a strawberry half, and a few pieces of bacon. Repeat with another stack of spinach, a strawberry and bacon. Finish with another stack of spinach.
  5. To make the salad dressing, combine all ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid and shake to combine.
  6. Serve the skewers on a platter with the dressing in the center.

 

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