strawberry salad | healthy green kitchen

I mentioned a few days ago that I’ve got gorgeous ripe strawberries in my garden right now.

I put in 25 “Seascape” strawberry plants last year, and I’m so happy I did! The Seascape is an everbearing strawberry, so you get a very nice crop in the spring and the fall.

strawberries

I love strawberries plain, in jam, and in desserts, but I also like to add them to salads. This simple, yet elegant, Strawberry Almond and Goat Cheese Salad Recipe is one of my favorites.

If you don’t have fresh strawberries, though, any fresh (or even dried) berry would work here (as would chopped apple or pear), and you can swap out the almonds for walnuts, pecans, or another nut/seed of your choice, if you like.

Other notes about the recipe: Boucheron is a French cheese made from goat’s milk. It’s a bit firmer and has a stronger flavor than most goat’s cheese. I picked some up at the phenomenal Murray’s cheese shop in NYC a few months ago, but I recently found it in my town, as well. If you can’t find it, you can use your favorite goat’s cheese/chevre, or try it with feta cheese. For the greens, I used organic mixed green and red lettuces from a local farm, but you could use mesclun greens, baby spinach, arugula,etc….whatever you have on hand will work.

I like to make this as a composed salad, so I’ve written the recipe for one salad. You can easily scale the ingredients up for 2-4 salads, or feel free to make this into a tossed salad for a larger group.

strawberry, almond, goat cheese salad | healthy green kitchen

Keep in mind that this is the type of recipe that doesn’t need to be exact, so feel free to add a little more or less of anything as you see fit.

Recipe for Mixed Green and Strawberry Salad with Almonds and Goat Cheese

Yield: 1 Side Salad

Ingredients:

*1- 1/2 cups loosely packed organic greens, cleaned and torn into bite-size pieces
*3-4 trimmed and sliced (preferably organic) strawberries
*about 8 whole almonds, toasted (I used Marcona almonds with sea salt)
*crumbled Boucheron (or other goat's) cheese
*freshly ground black pepper
*a generous drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar
*about 1 tablespoon of your best olive oil

Directions:

Place the salad greens on your serving plate and arrange the sliced strawberries on top. Add the almonds and the cheese and then fresh pepper from a few twists of your pepper mill. Drizzle all over with the aged balsamic, and then add the olive oil.

strawberry salad with almonds and goat cheese | healthy green kitchen

More Strawberry Salad Inspiration:
Favorite Summer Strawberry Salad from Chaos in the Kitchen
Strawberry, Caramelized Pear and Blue Cheese Salad from Palachinka
Strawberry Spinach Salad with Strawberry Dressing from Two Peas and Their Pod

This is my entry for this week’s edition of Slightly Indulgent Tuesday over at Simply Sugar and Gluten Free!

 

17 Comments

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    Patty Price — May 28, 2010 @ 7:46 am

    This looks good, I think I’ll try it this weekend. I like the strawberries in the salad with the goat cheese, it makes a beautiful photo.

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    Chef Dennis — May 28, 2010 @ 6:17 pm

    what a wonderful salad…I love goat cheese!! fresh strawberries are so plentiful right now what a great way to use them!

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    Suzanne Collier — May 28, 2010 @ 9:36 pm

    Wow, this looks amazing! Love the flavors and the colors! Your photos are very striking. Can’t wait to get this one on the menu and on the table!

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    C and C Dish — May 29, 2010 @ 6:01 am

    Love this salad, I make one very similar with feta cheese…love the strawberry, goat cheese combo, what a wonderful pair!

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    Liz Marr, MS, RD — May 29, 2010 @ 8:12 am

    Looks fabulous. My strawberry plants are just blooming so it will be a while before we enjoy backyard strawberries.

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    Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet } — May 29, 2010 @ 8:25 am

    Great salad for the entrance of the summer season! Your combinations are wonderful.

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    Barbara Bakes — May 29, 2010 @ 9:26 am

    This looks like summer on a plate – delicious!

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    kelly — May 29, 2010 @ 1:00 pm

    oh that looks soooooo good! It is one of my favorite salad blends. =0)

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    Monet — May 29, 2010 @ 2:43 pm

    What a fresh and beautiful Spring salad. I love the combo of strawberries and almonds. The sweet, plumpness of the berries matched with the creamy, crunch of the almond. Just delicious.

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    Claudia — May 29, 2010 @ 6:09 pm

    One of the best summer salad ever! I love using the marcona almonds. All that tang, sweet, creamy and salt on one plate!

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    megan — May 30, 2010 @ 8:30 am

    This sounds wonderful. Fresh and light!

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    Sortachef — May 30, 2010 @ 9:51 am

    Very nice. I’m envious that your strawberries are doing so well… hard to grow here in Seattle’s maritime climate! Thanks for a beautiful and refreshing recipe!

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    Heather Davis — May 31, 2010 @ 9:58 am

    This looks delicious. Great meal for the summer!

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    Heather Loves Healthy Vegan Recipes — May 31, 2010 @ 7:38 pm

    I can’t believe you have strawberries! I’m getting a bit tired of apples this time of year, but the warm days are happening more often, so strawberries are coming soon. This was a nice salad, even without the cheese. Thanks. Here’s a coleslaw with apples and walnuts that turned out nice, too.

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — June 1, 2010 @ 7:08 am

    Just bought a quart of the sweetest stawberries on the way home from a long weekend. They’re in the fridge just waiting for some very special use and I think this salad will certainly be the destination for a few of them. Thanks for a great recipe!

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    gfe--gluten free easily — June 2, 2010 @ 4:27 pm

    You make the absolute best salads, Winnie! Amazing looking strawberries. Bravo on raising those! :-)

    Shirley

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