This is an oldie but goodie recipe from my book Eat What You Love, and it’s one of the prettiest – and healthiest – salads you’ll ever eat.
The contrast of beautiful red strawberries against dark green spinach leaves is simply stunning. As if that weren’t enough, it also offers a substantial serving of fiber, iron, and vitamin C in just 60 slim calories. Creamy, sweet, poppy seed dressing adds the crowning touch.
(Note: With less than a teaspoon of added sugar per serving, the nutritional stats reflect the use of regular sugar. You may also use honey. Subtract 12 calories a serving if you use a no-caloire sweetener. “Points” do no change.)
Makes 4 servings
1/4 cup plain nonfat Greek (or regular) yogurt
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon granulated sugar (or 2 packets of choice of no-calorie sweetener)*
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon poppy seeds
Pepper to taste
6 cups spinach leaves
1 1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
1. To make the dressing, in a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, buttermilk, sugar, lemon juice, poppy seeds, salt, and pepper.
2. In a large bowl, place the spinach and strawberries. Pour the dressing on top, toss together lightly if desired, and serve. (Dressing can be made ahead, but dress just before serving.)
Nutrition Information Per Serving (about 1 1/2 cups): Calories 60 | Carbohydrate 11g (Sugars 7g) | Total Fat 1g (Sat Fat 0g) | Protein 3g | Fiber 3g | Cholesterol 0mg | Sodium 135mg Food Exchanges: 1/2 Fruit, 1 Vegetable | Carbohydrate Choices: 1/2 | Weight Watcher Plus Point Comparison: 1 | Smart Points: 1