Salad days! This phrase has been used to refer to the happy beginnings of a relationship or
marriage. In the United States salad is usually served at the beginning of a meal. People look back to the time when they couldn’t afford the steak and lobster entrees and remember those times fondly.
The phrase meant something slightly different when first used by Shakespeare in his play, Antony and Cleopatra, according to Snopes.
These days salad ingredients have become very expensive. Fortunately salad fixings aren’t as much per pound as lobster or steak. I think the cost per pound now equals the cost per pound of chicken breasts and ground beef (I got this idea by checking out prices at the grocery store). Even with the cost increases salads can be a very effective way to add veggies and fruit to your diet. So here is a recipe that I found and have modified to fit my family’s tastes.
Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
Raw spinach washed well and dried
1 container of strawberries washed and cut up
1/4 cup of halved pecans
For dressing: 1/2 bottle of commercially prepared Poppy Seed Dressing; 1 teaspoon of grated orange peel and 1 tablespoon of orange juice. Mix well.
Toss the strawberries and spinach and pecans together and serve with the dressing on the side. Enjoy!!