The sweetness of fresh, local strawberries adds an unusual twist to this Mediterranean style salad. Sure to be a crowd pleaser for any potluck or BBQ gathering!
INGREDIENTS (6 servings)
☐ 1/2 cup (125 ml) olive oil
☐ 1/4 cup (63 ml) balsamic vinegar
☐ 1 teaspoon (5 ml) Dijon mustard
☐ 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) garlic powder or 1 large garlic clove, crushed
☐ 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) salt
☐ 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) ground pepper
☐ 1 pint (2 cups), (500 ml) fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
☐ 5 cups (1,250 ml) baby spinach, arugula or chopped romaine lettuce
☐ 1/2 cup (125 ml) fresh basil, torn into smaller pieces
☐ 6 ounces (170 grams) diced feta, mozzarella or vegan cheese
☐ 1 cup (250 ml) slivered almonds, lightly toasted
1. To make the dressing, combine the oil, vinegar, mustard, garlic, salt, ground pepper in a bowl or mason jar.
2. Place the baby spinach, arugula or chopped romaine lettuce in a large bowl and toss with 1/3 to 1/2 of the salad dressing. Place on 6 salad plates.
3. Mix the sliced strawberries with 1/3 to 1/2 of the remaining salad dressing and divide the strawberries evenly on top of the greens on the 6 salad plates.
4. Top each salad mound with some of the cheese or cheese alternative, torn basil leaves and slivered almonds. Serve immediately.