Before the new year I decided that I would stop eating meat and go on a plant-based diet. We’re well into the second month of the year and I’m still holding on. It’s actually been easier than I thought it would be because I always preferred fruits and veggies over any type of meat. I guess the thing that held me back for so long was worrying about what foods I would be eating in place of meat. Things like caloric intake and protein also crossed my mind. Who knew that stopping eating meat would lead to so many decisions? I definitely didn’t! I made the decision to start out by sticking with meat free dishes that I usually eat and then incorporate more meatless recipes into my meal plan as I go along. One of my favorite things to eat are salads! Right now it’s strawberry harvest time here in Florida so they’re pretty easy to find and very affordable. I love making this strawberry spinach salad with a fresh vinaigrette, whenever I want something easy and leafy!
Ingredients for the Strawberry Spinach Salad
For the Salad
2 Cups Spinach, Washed and Patted Dry
3 Large Strawberries, Sliced
¼ Cup Walnuts, Shell Removed
3 Tbsp. Raisins
For the Vinaigrette
1 Cup Strawberries, Chopped
¼ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
¼ Cup Balsamic Vinegar
1 Tbsp. Honey
Gently toss all of the ingredients for the salad in a medium bowl. Set to the side. Blend all of the ingredients for the vinaigrette on medium speed, until mixture is smooth. When ready to serve, pour the vinaigrette over the salad and enjoy!
Have you ever ate a Strawberry Spinach Salad? What’s your go-to meatless dish if you want something quick and easy?