Dancing in the Kitchen with Garlic: Karen’s Spinach Salad with Garlic Dressing

Experience the amazing allure of Allium sativum for yourself.

| April/May 2004

Serves 4
This is from my Kansas City friend Karen who says that, even though her husband Gary doesn’t eat spinach, she keeps this dressing in the fridge to serve on a variety of fruits.


  • 1 pound fresh spinach
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Water chestnuts, optional
  • Onion, optional


  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup olive oil
  1. Clean and slice strawberries; wash spinach well and tear into bite-sized pieces. Arrange walnuts and sliced water chestnut or onion on spinach and strawberries.
  2. Combine all dressing ingredients, except oil, in blender. (Dressing ingredients will emulsify best if mixed in a blender but also can be shaken.) Slowly add oil.
  3. Drizzle dressing over the salad and serve.
  4. When garlic harvest time arrives, experiment with garlic in any and every way you can.

K.C. Compton is editor in chief of The Herb Companion and loves experimenting with garlic in any recipe she can.

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