My Favorite Summer Strawberry Salad

June 24th, 2009 by katie

This is one of my favorite summer dishes.  A bright, seasonal salad, this is the first salad that ever bridged the gap between fruit and lettuce at my house.  It seemed a far divide but with the right recipe, it turns out it wasn’t such a big leap after all.  I have posted about this salad before, having originally had it with a sweet onion dressing.  We’ve made little additions here and there over the last year, finally coming to the recipe we had last night.  I LOVED the strawberries we ate paired with balsamic vinegar and mint and I wanted to bring those flavors to this salad.  To make the original, omit the mint and serve with the sweet onion dressing instead of adding onion to the greens.  Both salads are great but I’d have to say this version is a little more grown-up, a little more complex.  The original is great for a crowd or a party or for introducing someone to something new.

Strawberry Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

serves 4, prep 15 min
  • 2 cups salad greens, I used romaine torn into bite sized pieces
  • 2 lbs strawberries, quartered
  • 2 tbsp mint, chiffonaded (or finely chopped)
  • 1/4 red onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 2 oz. olive oil
  • 3 oz. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • salt and pepper
  1. Combine greens, strawberries, mint, onion, and pecans.
  2. In a small bowl or jar combine oil, vinegar and sugar.  Taste and adjust to your likes, and salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Combine dressing with salad as desired.
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5 Responses

  1. Tellie

    Mmm, looks good and definitely summery! I love strawberries! I’m soooo making this tonight.

  2. Saundra

    You should try it with Raspberry Vinegrette….really good.

  3. Anne

    Made this with Katie’s bourbon basted salmon and mushroom risotto. Can easily eat this 24\7!!!

  4. mjskit

    Here is the link to my festival of Strawberry Salads:
    Thanks for letting me include this wonderful salad of yours! Cheers!

  5. 13 Spectacular Summer Salads That’ll Make Your Mouth Water | TOAT

    […] Who doesn’t love strawberries? Especially when they’re combined with a yummy salad for summer! This recipe, featured on Chaos in the Kitchen, includes salad greens, strawberries, mint, red onion, pecans, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Make it for yourself with the instructions, here. […]

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