But alas, strawberry season is here and weather you went strawberry picking or stocked up on berries at the store and is the time to them to good use. We went strawberry picking the other day and when that happens, magic in the kitchen follows.
Once we got our strawberry stash home, I got to work.
Obviously the strawberries wanted to be made over into something even more fabulous and strawberry salad with homemade honey balsamic vinaigrette was just the thing.
For this strawberry salad you can use any greens you like. If you have lettuce growing in your garden snip a bunch and use it in the salad. Simple recipes like this one are best when you use the best ingredients that you can get your hands on.
After that, it was the usual suspects. Red onions, blue cheese, pecans and a homemade honey balsamic dressing.
Similar versions of this salad use candied nuts like pecans as a topper. I have enough sugar in my life. For me just a few handfuls of pecans and sprinkle of blue cheese will do. This salad is best when prepared right before enjoying. Otherwise, you will have a big soggy mess.
And I don’t know about you but, I have no time in my life for soggy salads. You can definitely make this salad into a simple lunch or dinner by topping it with grilled chicken or seafood if you wish. Another option, is to get all fancy by having a strawberry themed meal.
Start with the strawberry salad as a starter, continue all this strawberry goodness with my strawberry barbecue hot wing recipe and finish with vanilla ice cream topped with strawberry basil sauce for dessert.
(Originally published: 6/7/16. Updated 5/29/18)
- 1 bunch lettuce
- sliced fresh strawberries ( I used about 1/2 a pound)
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp wild honey
- 1 1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 handfuls pecans
- 1/3 cup blue cheese crumbles
- sliced red onions as desired
- salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
- Rinse lettuce and pat dry. Put in large bowl.
- Place vinegar in a small bowl and thoroughly combine with honey.
- Slowly add olive oil while continuing to mix well.
- Add vanilla and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
- To lettuce add strawberries, onions, pecans and blue cheese.
- Lightly toss the salad with the honey balsamic. Serve immediately.
Amount Per Serving Calories 360Total Fat 34gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 27gCholesterol 8mgSodium 276mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 4gSugar 7gProtein 6g