Strawberry, Melon & Avocado Salad

melon_salad.JPGNutty and slightly sweet sherry vinegar is a natural partner for strawberries. This composed salad makes a cool kickoff for dinner or a nutrition-packed lunch on its own.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Ready in: 20 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Ease of Prep: Easy

Recipe Ingredients
  1/4 cup honey
  2 tablespoons sherry vinegar or red-wine vinegar
  2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
  1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  Pinch of salt
  4 cups baby spinach
  1 small avocado (4-5 ounces), peeled, pitted and cut into 16 slices
  16 thin slices cantaloupe (about 1/2 small cantaloupe), rind removed
  1 1/2 cups hulled strawberries , sliced
  2 teaspoons sesame seeds , toasted (see Tip)

Recipe Directions
  1. Whisk honey, vinegar, mint, pepper and salt in a small bowl.
  2. Divide spinach among 4 salad plates. Arrange alternating slices of avocado and cantaloupe in a fan on top of the spinach. Top each salad with strawberries, drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

The dressing will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 1 day.

Tip: To toast sesame seeds, heat a small dry skillet over low heat. Add sesame seeds and stir constantly until golden and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and let cool.

Health Advantages: diabetes appropriate, heart healthy, low sat fat, low sodium, high fiber, low calorie.

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