Strawberry Spinach Salad

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Strawberry Spinach Salad

How to Pair Fruits & Vegetables

Fruits are carbohydrates that provide vitamin C, which helps you to absorb iron more efficiently for energy. Fruits have a different carbohydrate and sugar content than vegetables. They digest quicker, ferment in the stomach, and as a general rule, should not be combined with vegetables. The exception to this is spinach, chard, and collards which are the iron-rich green leafy vegetables that combine well with fruit. For instance, adding strawberries to a spinach smoothie or salad offers a vitamin C and iron combination resulting in an energy boost.

Try our strawberry spinach salad and get your energy boost!


1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
1 bag of fresh baby spinach, stems removed
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup red or yellow bell pepper, finely sliced
1/4 cup red onion, finely diced
2 ripe tomatoes, sliced


2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon of poppy or sesame seeds
Salt and pepper to taste

Toss strawberries, spinach, pepper, diced red onion, and cranberries in a bowl. Shake dressing ingredients up and add evenly to the salad. Plate mixed salad and top with sliced tomatoes. Add slivered almonds, if desired, for added protein. Enjoy!

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