Strawberry and Baby Greens Salad

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strawberry and baby greens salad

Fresh strawberries + Baby lettuces +Toasted Almonds + Goat cheese + Delish easy dressing =  a refreshing summer salad.

A perfect summer lunch on the patio

This Strawberry and Baby Greens Salad is so easy and yet, so impressive.  All of the ingredients work beautifully together; the sweet strawberries, slightly bitter lettuces, creamy goat cheese (or if you don’t like goat, try feta, or even blue cheese would work, or if you are lacto intolerant, omit all together) and toasty almonds along with a raspberry vinaigrette enhanced with freshly snipped tarragon and chives, well, it just couldn’t be better.

Really.

I was lucky enough to pull my lettuces with a little arugula (love the pepperiness of arugula) right from my garden. Lettuce is so easy to grow and I love being able to go out back and picking it fresh, right before it’s time to eat them.

Don’t have a garden?  Any packaged baby lettuce mix will work.  Remove the lettuce from the refrigerator just about 15 minutes before you are ready to make this salad.  Baby lettuces, baby romaine and butter lettuces are all better when they are not ice cold.  Almost room temperature is almost right.

Strawberries … the Dirty Dozen and Tips to keep them fresh longer

Want to know more about strawberries and how to keep them fresh longer?  Check out the article I wrote about them here when I used them to make my delicious Fresh Homemade Strawberry Shortcake…which would be the perfect way to finish up that flat of strawberries, don’t you think?

I agree.

Remember when making the salad use the dressing sparingly.  While it is quite good, if I do say so myself, you don’t want to drown the lovely flavors of the lettuces and strawberries.  You want to enhance them, so a little dressing goes a long way (and will also keep the calories in check).

strawberry and baby greens salad

LindySez:  This salad is perfect with a dry rose’ wine.  A perfect summer lunch on the patio.

Strawberry and Baby Greens Salad

Ingredients

  • For the Salad

    1 (8 ounce) bag baby lettuces
  • 1 pint strawberries, hulled, washed and sliced
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup toasted almond slices
  • For the Dressing

    1/4 cup raspberry or red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (I find using Dijon mustard helps mellow out the vinegars without the use of sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pinch of sugar, (optional) if desired
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

Method

Step 1

Place all the salad ingredients, except the goat cheese, into a large bowl.

In a small bowl combine the vinegar, mustard, salt and herbs, whisk together until well blended. Slowly start adding the oil while whisking until the oil is completely mixed in (emulsified).

Pour a small amount of the dressing over the salad greens, mix well. Add more as necessary until all the greens are lightly dressed. Put onto plates and divide the goat cheese evenly between each plate. Top with coarse ground black pepper and serve.

Keep unused dressing in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

 


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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Cher on May 27, 2014

    Fantastic salad, Linda! This would be a great meal and I cannot wait to try it!

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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.
  • Calories
    302
  • Fat
    25g (8g Sat, 11g Mono, 2g Poly)
  • Protein
    12g
  • Carbohydrates
    9g
  • Dietary Fiber
    3g
  • Cholesterol
    30mg
  • Sodium
    182mg

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