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strawberry festival salad

Recipe by
Donna Graffagnino
Bayou Country, LA

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.

yield 4 serving(s)
prep time 20 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For strawberry festival salad

  • 1 bag
    baby spinach or 1 bunch romaine lettuce
  • 1 pt
    la strawberries, washed stemmed and halved
  • 1/2 sm
    red onion, sliced thin
  • feta or blue cheese crumbles (optional)
  • sugared almonds (recipe below)
  • creamy vinaigrette dressing (recipe below)
  • 1/2 c
    sliced or slivered almonds
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1/3 c
  • 3/4 c
    light mayo
  • 1/4 c
  • 2 Tbsp
    poppy seeds
  • 2 Tbsp
    raspberry vinegar
  • 1/3 c
  • 3/4 c
    miracle whip (reg or fat free)
  • 1/4 c
  • 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

  • 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.