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Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Spinach Salad with Berries & Pecans

ADVOCATE-TESTED RECIPE

Spinach Salad with Berries & Pecans

Serves 6-8. Vanilla Fig Balsamic Vinegar is available at winecountrykitchens.com.

¼ cup Vanilla Fig Balsamic Vinegar

¾ cup olive oil

1 teaspoon sugar

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Fresh baby spinach

Fresh strawberries and fresh La. blueberries

Crumbled feta cheese

Toasted pecans

1. Whisk together vinegar, olive oil, sugar, salt, pepper and Dijon mustard for the salad dressing. Can be made ahead and chilled.

2. Make individual salads by placing spinach on each plate. Wash, hull and slice strawberries.

3. Top spinach with strawberries, blueberries, feta cheese and toasted pecans.

4. Drizzle with dressing.