This is as close as Andrew’s Aunt Linda and I can get to Cafe Patachou’s (a Carmel, IN French bistro) salad by the same name. Aunt Linda even begged the chef personally for the vinaigrette recipe, and was rewarded with at least the ingredients, if not in exact measurements. We make it constantly in the summer.
For 4-5 servings:
1 package baby spinach leaves
1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
1/2 (or less) red onion, sliced
1/2 C candied walnuts or pecans
1/4 C gorgonzola or feta cheese crumbles
1/2 C croutons
1/3 C olive oil
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp honey
salt and pepper
-Slice onions to your preference: thin for less strong, thick for a stronger onion taste
-You can use feta, goat, gorgonzola or blue cheese here based on your affinity for blue cheese
-Definitely use (or make your own) candied nuts–it’s crucial!
-The dressing makes about a half-cup, which is more than you’ll need for this salad. Refrigerate the rest and use again on your next salad!