Salads make great gifts to give to your friends and family. This Spinach Salad seems to have a little bit of everything in it – making it a nutritious powerhouse of vitamins and minerals. The salad can be made ahead of time and kept fresh in the refrigerator for several hours.
These salads were made to give to our children who were in the processing of moving to a new home. Our goal was to provide a nutritious easy to eat meal – something that they could eat on the run. We used paper plates for the dishes and wrapped them in plastic wrap so cleanup was quick and easy.
Start by washing the spinach and cutting all the ingredients in different shapes. This can be done ahead of time. The ingredients will stay fresh for several days if placed in an air tight container and refrigerated.
Place a healthy layer of spinach evenly on the dinner plate. If you are making more than one salad – line up your plates in a row and work each layer at the same time. The Spinach can be substituted for any other leaf lettuce.
Sprinkle a layer of cut red cabbage on top of the spinach. Notice how beautiful the purple color of the cabbage looks on top of the green spinach. Red cabbage is one of my favorite accent colors on a salad.
Spread a layer of thinly sliced radish slices evenly on the salad. The radishes add a nice spicy flavor to the salad.
Add some colorful orange carrot slices and kohlrabi slices cut into wedge shapes. The carrot and kohlrabi add a crunchy texture to this Spinach Salad.
Add three red pepper rings and the chunks of fresh cucumber. During the summer it is easy to find Red Peppers. The red peppers are a little sweeter than the green peppers and the vibrant red pops on the salad.
Distribute the fresh tomato wedges inside the red peppers and in the spaces outside of the red pepper. Summer tomatoes are always red, juicy and full of flavor.
To add some more color,sprinkle a layer of red cabbage on top of the salad. Notice how beautiful all of these colors and shapes look.
Cut a hard-boiled egg into quarters. (Length-wise). This makes the egg into a wedge shape. Place the egg wedges in an even pattern on top of the salad.
Top with your favorite dressing and enjoy. Two of these salads we were giving as a gift so we simply wrapped them in plastic wrap and they were ready to go. A nice treat for the kids after a long day of packing and moving.
To make a quick and easy delicious Thousand Island Dressing, mix in a small bowl about 1/4 cup salad dressing, a squeeze of ketchup and a squeeze of sweet relish. Taste and adjust the amounts as needed. Add a dash of salt or black pepper to taste. Take a fork and gently mash the hard boiled egg and then mix it all the ingredients together. This amount should be enough for two servings.
It is OK to mix up and change your ingredients each time you make a dressing. That way the dressing is never boring and always has a little different flavor. Be creative and make your own salad recipe.
- Red Cabbage
- Red Radishes
- Red Pepper
- Hard Boiled Egg