Monday, October 08, 2012

Savoury strawberry salad

October 6, 2012


Cindy and I have decided to bring on springtime through sheer force of will - defying Melbourne's return to 13 degree rainy days by pumping out this summery salad as part of our dinner (to accompany this more weather appropriate pie). The salad is one of Heidi Swanson's simpler recipes and can be thrown together in about 10 minutes. Balsamic vinegar and strawberries are a winning combination, and it's those flavours that make the salad work. The parmesan adds a savoury bite, and the flaked almonds a bit of crunch - it's straightforward, but very satisfying. This recipe makes more than two people can eat in one sitting, and the greens turn a bit soggy overnight, so rescale as required.

Savoury strawberry salad
(the mixed green salad in Heidi Swanson's Super Natural Every Day)

150g mixed greens
1 punnet strawberries, chopped
50g flaked almonds, toasted
25g shaved parmesan cheese

dressing
A few garlic chives, chopped finely (the original recipe wants 1 shallot, but I wasn't buying a whole bunch just for one)
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil

Whisk together the chives, pepper, salt and balsamic vinegar and leave to sit for five minutes or so. Add in the oil, whisking thoroughly to combine it with the rest of the dressing.

Combine the greens and the dressing in a big bowl and toss thoroughly to coat the leaves.

Add the almonds, strawberries and parmesan and toss again. 

Serve!

4 comments:

  1. there was a glimmer of sunshine today - maybe I should be thanking you :-)

    I love strawberries in salad - have a berry salad recipe coming up if I can get organised enough to post it!!! Love yours - I think a generous dose of black pepper sounds delicious in the dressing

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    1. Ah, the sunshine is still so unpredictable! Tonight we parked ourselves in a beer garden and it was really to soon for that as well. :-D

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  2. I love fruit in a salad - have to try this one - so colourful!

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    1. It's a good 'un, italyonmymind. :-)

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