May 8, 2024

Summer Strawberry Salad

Whether you're hosting a brunch or a barbecue, packing a picnic for the beach, or just simply looking for a refreshing meal on a hot day, a strawberry salad is always a crowd-pleaser. And the best part? This Summer Strawberry Salad is incredibly easy to make! As added benefit, not only do strawberries add a burst of flavor to salads, but they also bring a host of health benefits. Packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber, these sweet little gems are not only delicious but just as nutritious. When selecting the freshest and sweetest berries, be sure to remember the more vibrant the color and the sweeter it smells, the better.  

The fruits and vegetables at farmers' markets are typically harvested at peak ripeness, ensuring optimal flavor and quality. So while you might occasionally find good strawberries at the grocery store, farmers' markets often can offer a superior selection of fresh, locally grown produce.  Additionally, shopping at your local farmers' markets allows you a chance to connect with the growers, and an opportunity to support the local agriculture. I will always choose hitting up the farmers' markets during their season over the typical grocery store visit for numerous reasons. The atmosphere, the freshness of the produce, and the opportunity to support our local farmers here in Charleston all make it an enjoyable experience. I feel so fortunate to have so many options for fresh produce here in Charleston and definitely don't take it for granted. We are so lucky! 

With the addition of protein-rich quinoa, this Summer Strawberry Salad can easily be a full meal full. This salad is perfect as is, but if you're looking for an extra protein boost, consider adding grilled chicken or a piece of fresh grilled fish. Both are delicious, healthy additions, but not a requirement.  This hearty, nutritious, and pretty salad is the perfect meal or addition to any brunch or lunch spread!  Nothing quite compares to the burst of flavor that fresh strawberries bring to the table.    

Be sure to try out the Melon and Mozzarella Salad. It's not just another pretty face!  Yes, it may be easy the eyes, but it's equally delicious and nutritious!  Be sure and share your feedback when you try them.  As always, your feedback is invaluable! 

Ingredients

 8 oz strawberries, hulled and quartered
 5 oz arugula
 5 oz spinach
  cup silvered almonds, toasted
 1 avocado, chopped
 3 oz goat cheese, crumbled
 1 cup quinoa, prepared to package directions (may also use farro or another whole grain)
Basil Vinaigrette
 3 tbsp champagne vinegar
 1 clove garlic, grated or minced
 1 tsp honey
 1 tsp dijon mustard
 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
 sea salt and fresh ground pepper
 3 fresh basil leaves, chopped small

Directions

1

In a small bowl, prepare the vinaigrette by whisking together vinegar, garlic, Dijon mustard, and honey. Gradually drizzle in the olive oil while continuing to whisk. Add in a sprinkle of flaky salt and ground pepper; add the fresh chopped basil leaves and set vinaigrette aside.

2

Place almonds in a small pan over medium heat, stirring frequently, until they are toasted to a medium brown color. Remove pan from heat.

3

Arugula and spinach should already come pre-washed. If not, wash and dry them. In a large salad bowl assemble the salad by layering the greens, strawberries, toasted almonds, avocado, and finally the quinoa and crumbled goat cheese. Spoon vinaigrette over the salad until desired coverage.

Any unused dressing can be stored in a glass jar in the refrigerator and will last up to a week.

Summer Strawberry Salad

Summer Strawberry Salad

Category, , , DifficultyBeginnerYields4 Servings
Prep Time5 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time20 mins

Ingredients

 8 oz strawberries, hulled and quartered
 5 oz arugula
 5 oz spinach
  cup silvered almonds, toasted
 1 avocado, chopped
 3 oz goat cheese, crumbled
 1 cup quinoa, prepared to package directions (may also use farro or another whole grain)
Basil Vinaigrette
 3 tbsp champagne vinegar
 1 clove garlic, grated or minced
 1 tsp honey
 1 tsp dijon mustard
 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
 sea salt and fresh ground pepper
 3 fresh basil leaves, chopped small

Steps

1

In a small bowl, prepare the vinaigrette by whisking together vinegar, garlic, Dijon mustard, and honey. Gradually drizzle in the olive oil while continuing to whisk. Add in a sprinkle of flaky salt and ground pepper; add the fresh chopped basil leaves and set vinaigrette aside.

2

Place almonds in a small pan over medium heat, stirring frequently, until they are toasted to a medium brown color. Remove pan from heat.

3

Arugula and spinach should already come pre-washed. If not, wash and dry them. In a large salad bowl assemble the salad by layering the greens, strawberries, toasted almonds, avocado, and finally the quinoa and crumbled goat cheese. Spoon vinaigrette over the salad until desired coverage.

Any unused dressing can be stored in a glass jar in the refrigerator and will last up to a week.

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