My Sister’s “Exotic” Spinach Salad

13 07 2013

My sister, Nila from Olathe, Kansas is so gifted in the kitchen…Her beautiful home is welcoming to many guests, friends & family and she is always making something delicious!

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I first tried this salad when Nila made this recipe for an event at church a long time ago, but have used it several times when I want to make something fresh & fruity…especially when it is so hot outside!

Nila's Exotic Spinach Salad

This recipe calls for papaya, mango, kiwi & strawberries…I don’t know about you, but I do not usually purchase papaya or mangos, so found the following video helpful on “How to cut and peel a papaya:

Here are some “Tips” for working with a Mango:

-It’s much easier to peel the mango if you cut it away from the pit, or stone, first. Mangos are very smooth and slippery and it would be much more dangerous to try and cut it after it has been peeled.

-The pit is oval and relatively flat. Cut about 1/2” on each side of the center of the fruit. If you run into the pit, just adjust accordingly and cut a little further out.

-The skin is edible but quite chewy. I usually can’t see wasting any bit of declious fruit though so I’ll sometimes eat them while I cut up the rest of the mangos.

Here is a Video to see how to cut up a Mango:

If you’re thinking that this is just too much trouble…I can assure you that it is WORTH IT…you will LOVE this delicious salad!

Nila’s Exotic Spinach Salad

8 c. spinach, rinsed, stemmed, and torn into pieces
1 papaya, peeled and cut into 1/2 in. pieces
1 mango, peeled and cut into 1/2 in. pieces
1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
1 c. sliced strawberries
Combine spinach with papaya, mango, kiwi, and strawberries.

Sesame and Poppy Dressing

1/3 c. sugar and Splenda
2 T. sesame seeds
1 T. poppy seeds
1 1/2 tsp. grated onion
1/4 tsp. Worchestershire sauce
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 1/4 c. cider vinegar

In a blender, combine sugar, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, onion, Worchestershire, paprika and oil.  Slowly add vinegar until dressing is moderately thick.  Toss with salad and serve.  *Note:  This salad is absolutely delicious!

*Or click HERE for recipe: http://bit.ly/12jPK8h

Thank you Nila! Keep those awesome recipes coming! You ROCK! 🙂

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