Popeye ate spinach because it made him strong: It’s a very good source of dietary fiber and protein, lots of vitamins (A, B6, C, E [alpha tocopherol], K, folate, riboflavin, thiamin), calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and potassium…and a good source of niacin and zinc. On top of the nutrition, spinach combines magically into wonderful salads. Here’s a recipe idea: Add Granny Smith apples, walnuts (toast them briefly for even more flavor) and goat cheese or blue cheese. Make a perfect dressing from fig balsamic vinegar and olive oil; serve a whole fresh fig or two as a garnish. To make this salad even more of a main meal, add Serrano ham or prosciutto and some fine artisan bread (look for semolina raisin) and a flavored butter. Popeye never ate so well!
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