strawberry salad

lovely strawberry salad

Sometimes I feel a little silly listing salad ingredients for a recipe, but I also think its good to remind people who might not think of it that you can put all kinds of delicious, seasonal ingredients, year-round, in a bowl with some lettuce and other salad staples and have a great meal or side dish. Salads do not have to remain in the boring old domain of iceburg lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes, the kind of thing you often get served at restaurants. And with the growing season in full swing and so many great, fresh veggies in our local box, maybe this recipe will help you think “inside the box”, as it were, and make a delicious summer salad!

Strawberry Summer Salad
(I do not typically list amounts for salad ingredients, as it depends on your preference and how many you are preparing your salad for)
Red leaf lettuce
Green leaf lettuce
Raw fresh snap peas
Cucumber
Carrot (admittedly not in season in early summer- optional!)
Tomatoes
Green onions (just the green parts)
Strawberries
Strawberry Cream Vinaigrette

1. Rinse all of your veggies well, and the strawberries, too (be gentle!).

lovely strawberry salad
lovely strawberry salad

2. Tear lettuce, shell peas, shred carrots, dice your onion greens, and slice your tomatoes, cucumbers, and strawberries.

lovely strawberry salad
lovely strawberry salad

3. Add the strawberry cream vinaigrette and toss gently just before serving.

lovely strawberry salad

I served this as a side dish, but it would make a fantastic meal served with some cooked chicken or chilled black or kidney beans and some bread and butter. Enjoy!

-Nicole Marsh-Mueller loves to cook locally and organically for her family and blogs at The Armchair Housewife

photo credit: Nicole Marsh-Mueller

strawberry vinaigrette

lovely strawberry vinaigrette

Inspired by this recipe from my friend Kristin at The Seasonal Family, but wanting a slightly different flavor, I came up with the following recipe, and highly recommend it for any summer salad.

Strawberry Cream Vinaigrette
12 Ontario strawberries (medium sized)
2 Tblspoons plain, organic yogurt
2 Tblspoons extra virgin olive oil
1 Tblspoon balsalmic vinegar
1 Tblspoon maple syrup
pinch kosher salt

Rinse and hull strawberries, and place the berries and the rest of your ingredients in a food processor or blender, and mix well. Enjoy!

-Nicole Marsh-Mueller loves to cook locally and organically for her family and blogs at The Armchair Housewife

photo credit: Nicole Marsh-Mueller