Strawberry Salad

A few years back, I made a simple salad for Thanksgiving dinner, topped with goat cheese, craisins, and toasted walnuts. In addition to the salad, I had also made a homemade raspberry vinaigrette. This salad was definitely delicious, but for some reason it was the one and only time I ever made the salad, or the dressing for that matter. However, I do remember that it complimented the other flavors of Thanksgiving dinner very well, and was also very easy to execute. Come Thanksgiving day, the cook seems to always be juggling different dishes all while welcoming guests, so quick options that bring all the flavor and presentation of a gourmet dish are always appreciated. So often we fill our plates with heavy dishes on Thanksgiving, and it’s nice to have something light and fresh to round out the menu.

For our revised version of this salad, we opted for fresh strawberries to replace craisins (that are sweetened with sugar). This simple strawberry salad takes little time to prepare, using hearty spring mix salad greens, topped with crunchy raw walnuts, creamy goat cheese, and rounded out with a natural raspberry vinaigrette.

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp raspberry balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp all natural dijon mustard (ingredients listed would be, mustard seed, apple cider vinegar, and salt)
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil

Salad Ingredients:

  • 4 cups spring mix greens.
  • 6 fresh strawberries, thinly sliced.
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped.
  • 1-2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled.

Dressing Process:

  1. Pour vinegar, honey, dijon mustard, and olive oil into a jar
  2. Shake vigorously until all ingredients are evenly combined.

Salad Process:

  1. Top spring mix greens with sliced strawberries, chopped walnuts, and crumbled goat cheese.
  2. Drizzle lightly with raspberry vinaigrette.
  3. Lightly toss, and serve.

This delicious salad is the perfect compliment to holiday dinner. Simple, fresh, and sweet.

As always, enjoy!

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    1. November 14, 2010

      strawberry salad forever đŸ™‚

    2. March 29, 2011

      This is my favorite kind of salad. I made something very similar for my family last summer, it may have been the first time my dad knowingly ate goat cheese. One suggestion- add a chopped plum!

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