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

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Wash and dry baby spinach. If using Romaine, remove tough ends and coarsely chop.
2
In 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.)
3
Pour 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.
5
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SUGARED ALMONDS DIRECTIONS:
6
In a saucepan over medium heat melt 2 Tbsp butter, stir in almonds and sugar. Saute until golden brown.
7
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DRESSING DIRECTIONS:
8
Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake well to combine. Chill.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American