(Always read the recipe twice,  assemble, and prepare your ingredients before you begin to cook)

¼ cup cider vinegar
½ cup canola oil or olive oil
2/3 cup sugar
½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
¼ tsp paprika
1 tbsp poppy seeds
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 ½ tsp minced dried onion

2 pkgs fresh spinach – preferably baby spinach (comes in cello bag already cleaned)
1 qt fresh strawberries, sliced

  • Mix all ingredients up to the spinach. Preferably use a mason jar or a container with a very tight fitting lid so you can shake the dressing up well and easily pour it when ready to serve the salad.
  • Tear the spinach leaves into bite-sized pieces and trim most of the longer stems
  • Rinse the strawberries, hull, and cut into thin slices
  • When ready to serve, toss the spinach with the dressing
  • Add the strawberries
  • Enjoy!

Notes:

  • tsp. means a teaspoon and tbsp. means tablespoon – always use a measuring spoon not a piece of silverware
  • Baby spinach is one of the most versatile and nutritious vegetables you can eat. It packs all the health of heartier greens like kale and collards but with a softer texture and a milder taste.
  • Hulling or coring strawberries is removing the green stem or calyx from the top of the berry.  It’s also the first step in any recipe that uses strawberries.  You can cut it out with a knife or a small spoon, you can use a strawberry huller you can buy in any store that sells kitchen tools, or you can use a plastic straw.
  • If you choose to use the straw method, place the straw at the bottom of the strawberry and gently push through, aiming for the green leaves at the top. The leaves and stalk should pop out in one push and ta-dah! You’ve just hulled a strawberry. Repeat and repeat and repeat and repeat until you’ve hulled them all!

If you’d like to be a guest contributor to The Jefferson Chronicle’s Wooden Spoon, please email your recipe clearly noting all ingredients, measurements, and understandable directions to Carol.Punturieri@thejeffersonchronicle.com and type “The Wooden Spoon” in the Subject line.  Be sure to include your name, address, and a telephone number in the event we need to clarify any information

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Carol was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Jefferson Township with her husband in 1976. She initially joined the Garden Club of Milton, eventually serving as President. She was a co-founder of the ABC Mothers Group, active in the local PTAs, Girl Scouts, and Cub Scouts. She worked for AIM Newspapers as a reporter and eventually became its Editor. Currently, she is President of the Jefferson Arts Committee and the Recreation Program Coordinator in the Jefferson Township Recreation Department. She can be reached at carol.punturieri@thejeffersonchronicle.com.

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