Spinach Salad & Easy Vinaigrette

I’ve loved food for about as long as I’ve been around. Apparently as a baby I loved the grocery store and would shout “Num, num, num!!” as soon as I was carted inside. Yeah.. I was a lil chubster. When I was four, my grandparents decided to spoil us at Christmas by giving my cousin a Barbie dream house, my brother a Power Wheels fire truck..and me? a Fisher Price Kitchen…and I loved it. So this early interest in food spurred an early interest in cooking. By the time I was 10 I had mastered the art of making meringue, and homemade bread became a hobby soon after. Yet there are many, many things I have yet to master in the kitchen. Someday I hope to make French macarons, chocolate souffles, and a really beautiful wedding cake. But for now, the things I should really be working on are a bit more basic. I’m sort of embarrassed to say it, but I actually had to call my mom to ask her how to hard boil an egg. She gave good advice and she didn’t even laugh at me. (thanks, Ma!)  And I still did it wrong. She will still remain the master on that task. The other basic task I’ve been trying to learn is making vinaigrettes. My dad is a pro and always comes up with the most delicious salad dressings. I’m not quite at his level, but I think this vinaigrette is pretty good for starters. It’s sweet and a bit tangy and goes well over a fresh spinach salad. Also, it is pretty darn healthy…so you can go ahead and eat some cake after.

Salad Ingredients: 1 large serving

  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 8 strips yellow & green bell pepper
  • 1/8 avocado, chopped into chunks
  • 1 garden veggie burger, cut into pieces

Vinaigrette: Makes 1 cup

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons plain greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce


Saute the bell peppers in a little oil until soft and tender. Toss peppers with remaining salad ingredients. For vinaigrette, whisk all ingredients together and drizzle over salad.




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