strawberry spinach salad with chocolate balsamic reduction

Chocolate is just not for desserts!

1 cup of strawberries, halved
1 can of mandarin oranges, drained
8 cups of baby spinach
1/4 cup of scallions, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup of red current jelly
1 teaspoon of good quality chocolate, Scharffen Berger 62% cocao

Combine the strawberries, mandarin oranges, spinach, and scallions in a large bowl.

Chocolate Balsamic Reduction: In a small sauce pan add the balsamic vinegar, red current jelly, and chocolate. Heat this mixture over low heat 3-4 minutes while continually stirring. When mixture is smooth, remove from the heat. Allow reduction to slightly thicken by placing the pan into your freezer for 5-7 minutes. Drizzle over salad and enjoy!

Drizzle chocolate balsamic dressing over salad just before serving.

Want more ideas for incorporating chocolate into your cooking?

Ken Gladysz, executive chef at The Hotel Hershey, shares his SPICE SECRETS for incorporating cocoa into his cooking.

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