Spring Salad with Strawberries and Sweet Balsamic Dressing

by Lana Stuart on March 27, 2012 · 12 comments

Spring Salad with Strawberries and Sweet Balsamic Dressing

Strawberries have always seemed like little heralds of Spring for me.Their cheerful, bright red color stands out among the fruits that linger at the end of winter and their sweet-tart taste starts me thinking about warmer weather.

Of course strawberries are in our grocery stores all year round, but when the Florida strawberry season is in full swing, the prices drop so low that I can’t resist picking up a container whenever I shop. Admittedly, I use strawberries mostly in sweet recipes, but they’re also quite appealing on the savory side of the spectrum as in this lovely, bright springtime salad I’m sharing with you today.

This tasty little salad with strawberries couldn’t be easier to assemble and goes well with nearly any entree. The strawberries, sweet peppers, and mandarin orange segments play nicely against the sweet balsamic dressing, the spring salad mix, and peppery arugula. It’s one of our favorites and I hope you like it, too.

Spring Salad with Strawberries Prep Work

In a large bowl, combine the spring salad mix, baby arugula, sliced strawberries, yellow pepper strips, and orange segments. Toss well. Note: if you’re not a fan of arugula, baby spinach would be very nice in this salad in its place.

In a medium bowl, add the shallot, mustard, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper.  Add the oil in a slow, steady stream whisking all the time. Pour the dressing over the veggies and toss to coat.

Serve shaved Parmesan cheese and croutons, if desired. You can purchase croutons, or make them yourself using my basic recipe with any bread you like.

And, yes, I did forget the Parmesan cheese in the main photo above! Oops.

Spring Salad with Strawberries and Sweet Balsamic Dressing
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Delicious spring salad featuring strawberries, baby arugula, and mandarin oranges.
For the salad:
  • 4 cups spring salad mix
  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup yellow pepper strips
  • 1 can mandarin orange segments, well drained
For the dressing:
  • 1 shallot, finely minced
  • 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tblsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3-4 grinds black pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
For serving:
  • Croutons
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese
  1. In a large bowl, combine the salad mix, arugula, strawberries, pepper strips, and orange segments. Toss well.
  2. In a medium bowl, add the shallot, mustard, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper. Add the oil in a slow, steady stream whisking all the time.
  3. Pour the dressing over the veggies and toss to coat. Serve with croutons and shaved Parmesan cheese.
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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos March 27, 2012 at 4:33 pm

This looks SO good :)


2 Lana March 27, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Thanks, Aly. It really is delicious.

So enjoyed meeting you in Orlando!


3 Maria March 27, 2012 at 5:47 pm

I can feel the freshness! Unfortunately in my part of the world strawberry season is a bit far but I will keep this recipe for when we get there. Thank you for sharing.


4 Feast on the Cheap March 28, 2012 at 10:27 am

I just love berry-packed salads. I’ve been all about blueberry and brie salads these past few weeks. Yum.


5 Kali Whipple March 28, 2012 at 2:32 pm

This looks absolutely amazing. I love creative ways to spice up a salad because salads can get really boring after a while. Thanks for the post!


6 Nancy@acommunaltable March 28, 2012 at 2:39 pm

This salad would be quite at home on my table!! Just the kind of salad I love – a little sweet, a little crunchy and a little tart!!


7 Noble Pig - Cathy March 28, 2012 at 11:56 pm

Love the balsamic with strawberries! Now I just need Spring weather.


8 Drick March 29, 2012 at 8:46 am

sho do like that dressing playing with this blend of ingredients – I am so into salads right now and this one will be so good…. cannot wait. Thanks Lana


9 raquel@eRecipe.com March 30, 2012 at 2:13 am

strawberry is really on season, just got read strawberry recipe from one of the blogs that I followed, I think this salad taste really great because I love strawberry and the orange mandarin.


10 dena March 30, 2012 at 10:52 am

Simple, yet very tasty! My favorite kind of recipe. Love your photos as well.


11 Linda Poppell March 28, 2014 at 3:13 pm

As a side salad, how many people would this feed?

Thanks. Really enjoy your reciepes.


12 Lana Stuart March 28, 2014 at 7:08 pm

Linda – It would make 6 generous servings or 8 smaller servings.


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