Strawberry Almond Goat Cheese Salad

Fresh sliced strawberries, toasted sliced almonds, herbed goat cheese crumbles over mixed greens with strawberry balsamic dressing (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

It’s a chilly winter day today here in Virginia. We’re still digging out of the 18+ inches of snow we received a few days ago. I was able to get out to the grocery store for Valentine’s Day on Friday to buy some nice ripe organic strawberries and some fresh mixed greens. Out of that, my Strawberry Almond Goat Cheese Salad was born. My husband just proclaimed that this is one of his FAVORITE salads!

Fresh sliced strawberries, toasted sliced almonds, herbed goat cheese crumbles over mixed greens with strawberry balsamic dressing (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Fresh sliced strawberries, toasted sliced almonds, herbed goat cheese crumbles over mixed greens with strawberry balsamic dressing (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

For this salad, you don’t need super ripe strawberries. In fact, you could probably add some blueberries and blackberries if they are available in your area. My Strawberry Basil Balsamic Dressing is a sweeter dressing than the usual balsamic, so your berries don’t need to be super sweet.

Trader Joe’s has a nice three-pack of plain, black pepper, and herbed goat cheeses. You can use regular goat cheese of your choosing or pick a flavor that you like for this salad.

Start out with a bed of greens. I was able to purchase some nice mache salad greens which I mixed with the more readily available Spring Mix greens. Toss the greens with the strawberry basil balsamic dressing and divide amongst salad plates.

Mache or Lamb's Lettuce is a great bed for this salad. (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)
Mache or Lamb’s Lettuce is a great bed for this salad. (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Slice the strawberries and mix them in a small bowl with some of the strawberry basil balsamic dressing. Top the greens with the dressed berries.

Trader Joe's Dry Toasted Sliced Almonds (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Trader Joe’s Dry Toasted Sliced Almonds (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Sprinkle on some goat cheese (plain or herbed) crumbles, and a handful of sliced toasted almonds. (Trader Joe’s carries some good ones!) Serve!

Strawberry, Toasted Almond, Herbed Goat Cheese and Mixed Greens Salad (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Strawberry, Toasted Almond, Herbed Goat Cheese and Mixed Greens Salad (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

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From the kitchen of A Food Lover’s Delight….

Strawberry Almond Goat Cheese Salad

Ingredients:

2 c fresh ripe strawberries, washed, stemmed and hulled, and sliced thinly
4 c salad greens such as mache, butter lettuce, spring mix, or a combination
1/2 c Strawberry Basil Balsamic Dressing, plus 1/4 c for the strawberries (3/4 c total)
1/2 c herbed goat cheese crumbles
1/4 c toasted sliced almonds

Method:

1. Mix 1/4 cup strawberry basil balsamic dressing with the sliced strawberries in a non-metallic bowl. Set aside.
2. In a large salad bowl, toss the greens with the 1/2 cup strawberry basil balsamic dressing.
3. Divide the dressed salad greens amongst four salad plates.
4. Divide the dressed strawberries over the greens.
5. Sprinkle the goat cheese crumbles and then the almonds over the salads.
6. Serve!

Serves 4 as a salad course. Offer with a nice light shortbread cookie on the side as a change from the usual savory breads. This recipe can serve two people as a main course. Offer salt and pepper mills so that guests can season their salads.

Variations: Use whatever greens you have on hand or are available in your area. Add other berries to the berry mixture. Use bleu cheese or feta crumbles instead of goat cheese. Substitute toasted pecans, pine nuts or walnuts for the almonds.

Strawberry, Goat Cheese, and Toasted Pine Nuts with Spinach and Arugula (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Strawberry, Goat Cheese, and Toasted Pine Nuts with Spinach and Arugula (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

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