Strawberry Salad with Goat Cheese

Strawberry Salad with Goat Cheese

If there’s such a thing as salad perfection this might be it.

A Strawberry Salad with Goat Cheese just screams springtime and sunshine doesn’t it? Bright red, sweet strawberries, fresh greens, rich, creamy goat cheese and the ultimate topper with my Honey Butter Almonds…. are you dying to try it? Heck yes you are!

This salad is perfection in the spring when the first strawberries start making an appearance and I don’t want to see my slow-cooker again for a good six months, but it’s also one of my favourite summer salad recipes to take on a picnic or to a bbq.

Strawberry Salad with Goat Cheese

This salad is simple, but incredibly tasty. All the elements just work so perfectly together. Everything is fresh and bright and yummy and then we add in a special hit of fresh herbs and a subtle punch from a little red onion. The whole thing is topped off with my go-to white balsamic vinaigrette… come to my house in any warm weather month and you’ll probably find a jar of this balsamic dressing in the fridge (in the cooler months it’s my go-to Caesar dressing but that’s another story).

If there’s one little tidbit of guidance I feel is important it’s to seek out “good” strawberries to make this salad. They’re kind of the star of the show so you don’t want them to be a let down. The strawberries in a Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad should probably not be upstaged by lettuce. Ok? Ok.

Strawberry Salad with Goat Cheese

Strawberry Salad with Goat Cheese

Strawberry Salad with Goat Cheese

An easy, fresh salad of tender greens tossed with sweet strawberries, creamy goat cheese and super tasty Honey Butter Almonds. Drizzled with a white balsamic poppy seed dressing, its absolutely delicious.
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Total Time 15 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

For the salad:

  • 8 cups greens spring mix, baby spinach, field greens, etc.
  • 2 cups strawberries sliced
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese crumbled
  • 1/4 cup red onion thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp fresh mint chopped
  • 3/4 cup Honey Butter Almonds chopped

For the dressing:

  • 2 Tbsp white balsamic
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp Poppy seeds
  • S&P
  • 1/4 cup Olive oil

Instructions
 

Make the salad:

  • Add the greens to a large bowl. Top with the strawberries, goat cheese, red onion and mint.

Make the dressing:

  • Combine the white balsamic, maple syrup, dijon, poppy seeds and olive oil. Season well with S&P and whisk until well combined.

Pour the dressing over the salad and toss.

  • Top with the Honey Butter Almonds.

Notes

*The recipe for Honey Butter Almonds is on my site, or use any candied nuts.
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Strawberry Salad with Goat Cheese Dressing

strawberry salad with goat cheese Recipe ingredients, tips, substitutions:

Greens – I’m a big fan of Spring Mix in this salad, but honestly any greens will work… baby spinach, baby kale, arugula, romaine, butter lettuce…

Strawberries – no explanation necessary (I hope).

Goat Cheese – I like to buy Goat Cheese Crumbles, but you can use any goat cheese and crumble it yourself.

Mint – fresh mint only please. If you don’t like mint you can sub in basil or parsley or cilantro.

Honey Butter Almonds – this is my own recipe that you can find here, but you can use your favourite candied nut.

Strawberry Salad with Goat Cheese Recipe Variations:

Mixed Berry Version – if you happen to get your hands on some spectacular raspberries, blackberries or blueberries add ’em in!

Peppery Version – strawberries and black pepper are good friends. If you’re feeling spicy go ahead and top the salad with a good hit of freshly cracked black pepper just before serving.

Strawberry Salad with Goat Cheese

strawberry salad with goat cheese recipe, how to make it…

First you’ll want to make my Honey Butter Almonds so they have time to cool. Try not to eat them all before making this salad.

Next toss all the salad ingredients… greens, strawberries, goat cheese, red onion and mint… into a large bowl.

Whisk up the dressing by mixing together the white balsamic, maple syrup, dijon mustard, poppy seeds and olive oil. Hit it with a good seasoning of salt and pepper and give it a taste.

Dress the salad and toss well to combine everything.

Top with the almonds and serve.

Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad

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