Cooking with Dani Collins & Giveaway!

This is a recipe that Cinnia, from His Mistress With Two Secrets, would never make. She’s allergic to strawberries. But I often make variations of it in the summer.

I first ate this salad about twenty years ago. It felt very exotic at the time. My husband’s Aunty Sharon made it for a family picnic. When I asked her for the recipe, she wrote it out on this pretty little card, which seems a delightfully quaint custom now. Everything is email and texting these days, isn’t it? In fact, I rarely ask people for recipes any more. It’s all online. Just today, I searched a recipe for ‘the perfect roast beef’ and scribbled out some notes for a Yorkshire pudding, even though I have my mom’s never-fail tucked away somewhere. Side note: I have never, ever perfected Yorkshires.

I love this salad, though. It’s light and tangy and is pretty hard to get wrong. I’ve made it so often, I make variations off the top of my head. Don’t have strawberries? Chop up an orange or even use canned mandarins. No poppy seeds? Try sunflower seeds. In fact, if you’re not a fan of spinach, use any mixed greens you have on hand. 


Spinach Strawberry Salad

1 lb Spinach, washed
1 pint Strawberries, trimmed and sliced
½ c Toasted Almonds

¼ - ½ c White Sugar
2 tsp Sesame Seeds
1 tsp Poppy Seeds
1 ½ tsp chopped Green Onion
¼ tsp Worchestershire Sauce
¼ tsp ground Pepper
½ c Olive Oil
¼ c Cider Vinegar

GIVEAWAY: I’d love to send a signed copy of His Mistress With Two Secrets to one lucky commenter anywhere in the world. Tell me about one of your cherished recipes. Who shared it with you? What do you love about it?

USA Today Bestselling author Dani Collins has written thirty romances for Harlequin Presents, Montana Born and herself. She lives in Canada with her high school sweetheart. Given they are now empty-nesters, she hopes to have more travel posts soon.

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 Dani Collins has a new book out this month:

His Mistress with Two Secrets (The Sauveterre Siblings)

Pregnant with the billionaire's babies! 
After the painfully public demise of her intense fling with renowned tycoon Henri Sauveterre, Cinnia Whitley discovers she's pregnant…with twins! Cinnia burns with the memory of his touch, but bearing a new generation of the Sauveterre dynasty will bind her to Henri forever—unless she keeps it a secret… 
Henri is infuriated when he discovers Cinnia's deception. His little sister's abduction ended all his intentions of having a family—but any Sauveterre deserves his full protection. Henri must make Cinnia his wife, and he'll show her just how pleasurable their reunion can be!


  1. This looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing your recipe with us!

  2. That looks wonderful. Next summer when strawberries are prolific again I will have to make it.
    Each year at Christmas I make my mother's shortbread and as the scent of cinnamon and vanilla fills the house I think of her...

    1. Oh, Shortbread is everything! I have about a dozen recipes for that, with rice flour and berry sugar, all trying to get it right. Your's sound delish.

  3. That reads delicious the salad and dressing.

    1. And it feels very healthy to eat, lol. Definitely earns you dessert once you've had your greens. ;)

  4. Yes! Thankyou for sharing the recipe....
    One tiny thing though....I would drop the
    'white sugar' from the dressing!
    It would react with the vinegar, and,
    possibly curdle...!

    1. I don't always use the sugar, but I've never noticed that happening. Good tip, though! You really don't need it. The berries are usually sweetness enough. :)

  5. Sounds awesome, thank you! I'll try this recipe out.

  6. I've never added fruit to my salad before but that sounds really good. I would have to say that the taco recipe my mom and dad used to use when I was a kid and now my brother and I use would be my favorite recipe. My family even asked me to make tacos for Thanksgiving a couple of times. The way we do it is to put hamburger on half of a corn tortilla and fry it until the tortilla gets soft and then fold it in half to form a shell for the taco. Then add all the ingredients to make the taco. They're so good. I'd love to win the book since she's a new to me author. :)

  7. We will have some fresh strawberries from the garden in about a month so I will try this. Thanks for sharing.


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