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

INSTRUCTIONS

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.

ENJOY!

Did You Know?
Hard to believe, but just eight strawberries contain more vitamin C than a single orange. Strawberries are a great source of potassium, manganese, folate and dietary fibre. They also contain phytonutrients which offer antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Submitted by:
Joanne Nijhuis MSc, RD, a consulting and culinary dietitian in Simcoe Grey Bruce.

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