Strawberry Festival Salad

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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

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  • 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

How to Make Strawberry Festival Salad

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. ----------------------------------
    SUGARED ALMONDS DIRECTIONS:
  6. In a saucepan over medium heat melt 2 Tbsp butter, stir in almonds and sugar. Saute until golden brown.
  7. -----------------------
    DRESSING DIRECTIONS:
  8. Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake well to combine. Chill.

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About Strawberry Festival Salad

Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American




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