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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Strawberry Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Like I shared last week, we have really been enjoying that strawberries are back in season.  In my recent pursuit of recipes that use strawberries, like the Strawberry Banana Muffins I shared last week, I also found this yummy Strawberry Salad recipe on babble.com.

Strawberry Salad

You need for the salad:
Mixed greens
Chevre (goat cheese) (I just broke it into chunks)
Strawberries, quartered (or sliced if you like)
Almond slivers
Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette (recipe follows)

Arrange the desired amounts of each ingredient on a plate or toss in a large bowl.

To make the Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette, you will need:
5 large strawberries, cut in pieces
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup or honey
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor.

I made this salad for a ladies' dinner at our church last week and it was a huge hit.  I quadrupled the vinaigrette recipe and put it into an empty olive oil bottle that I had saved.  Turns out that I didn't need that much dressing for the salad that I took to share, but now I have the dressing already made.  Which is great because it is my new favorite dressing.

A couple things I did ... I pureed the strawberries before adding any of the other ingredients to the food processor.  And since I quadrupled the recipe, I ended up not having enough honey, so I threw in some stevia until it tasted sweet enough for me.  :)  I used freshly ground sea salt and bottled lemon juice, since that is what I had.

Also, the recipe on Babble actually calls for candied almonds, which I'm sure are really good, but I opted to just have plain almonds.  

That's it!  Let me know if you try it and what you think!  I just picked up some more strawberries today so I think this will be my lunch tomorrow.  YUM!

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Yolanda Ronaldo said...

MMM, sounds so yummy!! I have never been a big fan of salad but this looks so good that I may have to try it..

Amy said...

That sounds delicious! I will definitely try this.

I've been enjoying strawberries on my salads this week also - with walnuts, some rotisserie chicken, shredded sharp cheddar cheese and a raspberry vinaigrette.

Laura said...

Pinned it so I can try it someday. :)

Tiffany said...

Looks so good! So glad you stopped by, I don't get around visiting as much as I used too. Hope all is well!


Krista Low said...

This salad looks fabulous! I am excited to try the Strawberry Vinaigrette. It looks absolutely amazing! I'm so glad I found this recipe :) Krista @ A Handful of Everything

Gina @ Kleinworth & Co. said...

Looks amazing- I have tons of strawberries that need to be used.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

It looks and sounds delicious!