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Spinach Salad with Strawberries and Basil

Enjoy summer's best from the farmer's market with a spinch salad adorned with fresh basil and strawberries. Serve with Chicken Francese and Egg Tagliatelle.


  • 1 shallot

  • 2 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon superfine sugar

  • Juice of 1/2 lemon

  • 1 1/2 cups small strawberries

  • 2-3 cups fresh spinach leaves

  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves

  • 4-5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper


Chop the shallot and put it in a small bowl. Add the vinegar, sugar and lemon juice and set aside.

Meanwhile, hull the strawberries and cut them in half. Transfer to a serving bowl along with the spinach and basil.

Whisk the EVOO into the vinegar mixture and season with salt and pepper. Toss the salad with the dressing and season with salt and pepper.

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