This Spring Salad with Strawberries, full of lovely fresh flavors, is tossed with a sweet balsamic dressing, croutons, and Parmesan cheese.
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.
How to Make Spring Salad with Strawberries
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.
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Spring Salad with Strawberries and Sweet Balsamic Dressing
For the salad:
- 4 cups spring salad mix
- 2 cups baby arugula
- 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
- 1 cup yellow pepper strips
- 11 ounces canned mandarin orange segments well drained
For the dressing:
- 1 shallot finely minced
- ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- Pinch of salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- Shaved Parmesan cheese
- In a large bowl, combine the salad mix, arugula, strawberries, pepper strips, and orange segments. Toss well.
- 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 with croutons and shaved Parmesan cheese.
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