Summer Strawberry Salad

Who said salads are boring? A good salad will excite all of your senses; the crunchy, sweet, savoury, soft, tangy… oooh the possibilities. My recipe is influenced by a salad I had years ago at my friend house. I never liked salads until I tasted this! Strawberries, feta, dates, nuts…. What kind of craziness is this? Somehow though, it doesn‘t just work, it beats any salad I ever had. The secret sauce? My vinaigrette, tangy, sweet and bold, tastes like… summer.





Ingredients:

Salad

1 pack of spring greens (fills a large salad bowl)

1 large shallot onion, sliced thinly

4 dates, sliced thinly

1 packet of crumbled feta

1 packet of strawberries, sliced into at least 4/6 pieces each

handful of walnuts

Vinaigrette

1 tbsp dijon mustard (regular or grainy)

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1-2 tbsp honey

1 clove of garlic, minced

juice of half a lemon

salt and pepper to taste

around half a cup of olive oil


Method:


  1. Toss all the salad ingredients together in a large bowl.

  2. For the vinaigrette, Add all the ingredients in a mixing bowl except for the olive oil. Give them a good whisk

  3. Start adding the olive oil in a thin stream while simultaneously whisking the dressing with a wire whisk. The stream should be thin and the whisking fast to emulsify the dressing. It will take between 1/4 to 1/2 cup of olive oil to get that beautiful, light brown color and to get the right consistency (see video).

  4. Add your vinaigrette to the salad, toss and enjoy!


Tips:

  • You can add more lemon juice in your vinaigrette if you want it extra tangy, I personally like a balanced flavor so half a lemon is enough.

  • You can use any greens you like, I love the variety of spring greens but have used just baby spinach before and it was good!

  • Sub the dates with dried cranberries if you don’t like dates


Sahtein!