Strawberry Festival Salad

Donna Graffagnino

By
@StillWild

Every April Ponchatoula, Louisiana (the Strawberry Capitol of the World) celebrates with a 3 day Strawberry Festival. Anything and everything strawberry can be found there, from flats of beautiful ripe berries to Strawberry wine by the gallon jug.
Here's a salad that is as refreshing and delicious as any you've ever had. Find the ripest, reddest berries for the best tasting salad.

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Serves:
4
Prep:
20 Min
Cook:
20 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

1 bag(s)
baby spinach or 1 bunch romaine lettuce
1 pt
la strawberries, washed stemmed and halved
1/2 small
red onion, sliced thin
feta or blue cheese crumbles (optional)
sugared almonds (recipe below)
creamy vinaigrette dressing (recipe below)

SUGARED ALMONDS

1/2 c
sliced or slivered almonds
2 Tbsp
butter
1/3 c
sugar

CREAMY VINAIGRETTE DRESSING

3/4 c
light mayo
1/4 c
milk
2 Tbsp
poppy seeds
2 Tbsp
raspberry vinegar
1/3 c
sugar

POPPY SEED DRESSING INGREDIENTS

3/4 c
miracle whip (reg or fat free)
1/4 c
milk
1/4 c
white sugar
1/8 c
white or cider vinegar (whichever you prefer)
1 Tbsp
poppy seeds

Step-By-Step

1Wash and dry baby spinach. If using Romaine, remove tough ends and coarsely chop.
2In salad bowl combine spinach/lettuce, strawberries, onion, and the almonds. If you don't want to sugar the almonds then just add blanched or toasted almonds (I like them just blanched.)
3Pour desired amount of dressing on salad and toss.
Chill for about 20 minutes before serving.
4*OPTIONS: Add diced grilled chicken to make this a fulfilling meal.

*TIPS: For a LOW SUGAR option, don't sugar the almonds and use Splenda in the dressing mixture.
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SUGARED ALMONDS DIRECTIONS:
6In a saucepan over medium heat melt 2 Tbsp butter, stir in almonds and sugar. Saute until golden brown.
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DRESSING DIRECTIONS:
8Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake well to combine. Chill.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American