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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Strawberry Tossed Salad

This is all that was left of a giant bowl of salad after a recent potluck...
Before I moved to Kentucky, I went to grad school in North Carolina.  While there, I made lots of amazing friends, and one in particular loved to cook.  She always brought the most amazing goodies to gatherings, but her Strawberry Tossed Salad was my hands-down favorite.  It's fresh and sweet and crunchy and just plain ol' good at the same time.  And Lara was generous enough to share the recipe with me before I moved here.  This is extremely lucky for me since every spring I start dreaming about this salad...  :-)  Go make it yourself before strawberries are out of season!

(Lara recently started her own food, culture and art blog over at Durham Food & Art, so go check her out!)  
Strawberry Tossed Salad
Serves a crowd

1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup sugar
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp paprika

12 cups greens of choice (I like fresh spinach--it holds up well to the dressing.)
2 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
1 cup monterey jack cheese
1 cup honey roasted cashews or sugared pecans

Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk or in a jar with a lid and shake.  Let sit for at least an hour, but don't refrigerate it or the olive oil with harden.

When ready to serve, toss all of the ingredients in a large bowl.  (Don't make the salad until you are ready to serve.  The cheese, strawberries and nuts get soggy fast.) 
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Kathy - Panini Happy May 4, 2011 at 11:07 AM  

What a great looking salad! I'm particularly intrigued by the paprika in the dressing - a little sweet heat!

Shannon Marie May 4, 2011 at 3:24 PM  

This looks delicious! I love a little sweet/savory salad in the spring. That salad would be great with some salty feta crumbled over top, too. Yum!

Peggy May 4, 2011 at 5:52 PM  

This looks like a stellar salad! We got strawberries and mixed greens in our CSA today, so it was meant to be that I found this! =)

Joyce @friendsdriftinn May 5, 2011 at 3:35 PM  

The world needs MORE strawberries! Seriously, I cannot get enough of them! I'm growing some heirloom yellow strawberries from SEED...can you imagine? Giggles

Have a good day Mindy!

Chef E May 10, 2011 at 1:39 PM  

I made this salad for Mother's Day, and everyone enjoyed it! Great one isn't it!

Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny May 11, 2011 at 5:00 PM  

Mmm this salad looks fantastic!! I really love your blog and so glad to be your newest follower! :)

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