Summer Strawberry Salad Recipe

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Strawberries are one of the first fruits to appear at farmers markets in spring and early summer.  Perfectly ripe strawberries are best eaten out of hand, of course, but they also make great additions to salads and plenty of desserts.  I can’t wait to serve this delicious Summer Strawberry Salad at my next BBQ. The recipe is below you can too!

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Summer Strawberry Salad from California Strawberries

Salad Ingredients:

  • 2 cups California strawberries – cleaned and quartered
  • 2 cups watermelon – diced small – yellow and red, if available
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil – sliced
  • 1 handful arugula
  • Sherry Vinaigrette (see recipe below)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup candied walnuts or pecans
  • 1/3 cup blue or goat cheese
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses or balsamic syrup

Sherry Vinaigrette Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 shallot – cut in half and sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Dressing Preparation:

  1. Bring the sherry vinegar and honey to a boil in a small sauce pan.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, pour the hot sherry mixture over the shallots and let cool to room temperature.
  3. Once cooled, whisk olive oil with the shallots and add salt and pepper to taste.

Salad Preparation:

  1. In a large mixing bowl add strawberries, watermelon, basil and arugula.
  2. Gently drizzle Sherry Vinaigrette over strawberries, watermelon, basil and arugula mixture.
  3. Toss and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Plate on desired service platter or into bowls.
  5. Top with the nuts, cheese, syrup and serve.

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