It brings me back to long summer days at my grandparent's house on the lake. Every time.
I was so excited when my parents and sister decided to come visit. It gave me a great excuse to make a whole meal with appetizers, side dishes, and dessert. Not that I couldn't do this with only Cale and myself but it takes some time energy and creates a ton of leftovers if it's only for 2 people. Because apparently I don't like scaling recipes down. Plus my sister and I love cooking together and it's so much fun chatting with her and my mom while cooking. I love my family!!
Strawberry Spinach Salad
10 oz fresh spinach, tough ends cut off
1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
2 tbsp sliced almonds
1/2 tsp butter
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp cider vinegar
1/8 tsp almond extract
1/4 tsp poppy seeds
Combine almonds and butter in glass cup. Microwave on high for 1/2 to 2 minutes until slightly toasted.
Combine honey, oil, vinegar, almond extract, and poppy seeds. Shake or whisk or whatever you do to blend this. Toss everything together.
P.S. I mixed the spinach, strawberries, and toasted almonds together beforehand. I added the dressing right before serving so the salad didn't get soggy.