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Say that title three times! You just said Summery Strawberry Salad three times, didn’t you?
Friends, this salad is absolutely BURSTING with fresh flavor! It is so light and fabulously satisfying during the hot dog days of summer! Actually, it is fabulous served any time of the year, IF you can find fresh strawberries and mandarins/cuties.
This salad is great served as a side salad or a meal on its own. I fix it for myself for lunch quite often, especially during the summer!
Many people use a raspberry dressing for this kind of salad. I recently found a bottled strawberry dressing in the produce area at my local market that was decent, even good, maybe.
One day I made this salad for lunch, forgetting that I sent the last of my dressing home with my son and daughter-in-law. I looked at my beautiful salad and thought what a waste it was that I wasn’t going to get to eat it for lunch. Then I looked at my container of tasty fresh strawberries and decided to make a dressing! So, I did! And, I am sooo glad I did!
I came up with a dressing that is AMAZING and pairs perfectly with this salad!
The only downside is that it only stays fresh for a day or two. So, with that being said, if you don’t think you’ll use all of the dressing within a day or two, I would cut the recipe in half, or even quarter it.
Please see my STRAWBERRY POPPY SEED DRESSING recipe
HELPFUL TIPS FOR MY SUMMERY STRAWBERRY SALAD
This Summery Strawberry Salad recipe is for a single serving,
With the above being said, if you are preparing this as a meal for others, then simply multiply the ingredients by the number of people you are serving.
If it is being used as a side salad with a meal to share with others, just use your judgment regarding how many portions you should make.
And, if you’re fixing this for yourself with a meal, you may want to cut the recipe in half, or not!
About the candied pecans…they can be chopped into small pieces using a cutting board and a knife, or they can be placed in a small zippered bag and smashed using the side of a mallet. I love smashing them with a mallet, it’s great fun!
You can make candied pecans, but I buy mine already made at Costco.
SUMMERY STRAWBERRY SALAD
SUMMERY STRAWBERRY SALAD
- 1 cup baby mixed salad greens cut into bite sized pieces
- 1 cup baby spinach leaves cut into bite sized pieces
- 3-5 medium strawberries cleaned, cored and diced into small pieces
- 1 small mandarin orange/cutie peeled, cut in half or thirds, horizontally, segments separated
- 2 Tablespoons candied pecans crushed or chopped
- 1 Tablespoon parmesan cheese shaved or shredded
- On a cutting board, chop the salad greens and baby spinach into bite sized pieces, if desired.
- Place the greens onto a plate or in a wide bowl.
- Sprinkle the cleaned and diced strawberries on top of the greens.
- Add the mandarin segments to the top of the salad.
- Sprinkle the chopped/smashed pecans and parmesan cheese on top of the salad.
- Top with my Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing.
- Viola! You now have a masterpiece!