Bloomsdale Spinach & Strawberry Summer Salad. {elephant Tuesdays}

Via on May 29, 2012

Bloomsdale Spinach & Strawberry Summer Salad

I’m going to apologize before I even start typing to all of my Oregon friends as I hear it is still quite chilly up there, but it already feels like summer is in full swing here in L.A.!  As such, I’ve been enjoying all the incredibly fresh, local produce (especially strawberries) from our farmers markets.

I find that if I stock up on fresh produce on Sunday at the Brentwood Farmers Market, I tend to be running low come Wednesday, which just happens to be the exact day of the Market in Santa Monica. Even more of a happy coincidence, most Wednesday mornings I am normally hanging out at Yogis Anonymous (practicing with the amazing Krista Cahill) which is right by the outdoor market…I must say, I feel pretty fortunate to lead the life I do!

After a romp around the market last Wednesday, I rounded up some amazing Bloomsdale spinach, strawberries, mint and walnuts to play with. And, as I’m starting to gear up for my summer cleanse beginning Monday June 18th (mark your calendars!) I’ve been trying out new, easy recipes to add to the meal plan. This one just so happens to fit the bill! I hope you will enjoy:

Ingredients:

salad

  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries
  • 2-3 cups Bloomsdale spinach
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup walnuts

easy strawberry vinaigrette 

  • 1/4 cup  fresh strawberries, chopped
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 Tbs raw honey or agave syrup

Directions:

salad

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl

dressing

  1. Combine all ingredients in a glass jar (with lid) and shake until fully mixed.
  2. Top salad with dressing, give thanks, and enjoy!

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Editor: Kate Bartolotta

About Caley Alyssa

As a D-1 collegiate athlete with a background in nutrition and anatomy, and an internship with a naturopathic center for healing, Caley Alyssa found herself wanting to help people achieve healthier, happier lives. She quickly came to realize that she wanted to promote preventative and therapeutic methods encouraging active, energetic lifestyles rather than focusing on treatment centered around prescription drugs and the increasingly paramount “band-aid” mindset. In 2006, Caley moved to San Francisco and began to study yoga completing her 200 hour training with Yoga Tree with Janet Stone, Darren Main and Elise Lorimer. From there she went onto study with Shiva Rea and obtained a certification to work with children and at risk youth. In 2010, Caley’s quest to bring health and happiness to others lead her to enroll with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York to become a Holistic Health Coach, registered with the American Drugless Practitioners. Caley now lives in Los Angeles with her husband. She designs and leads seasonal cleanses for individuals, yoga studios and corporate businesses sharing her lifelong journey of finding balance, wellness and happiness in all aspects of life!

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