Thursday, May 23, 2013

Mixed Greens Salad with Strawberries, Goat Cheese, Toasted Pecans, and Balsamic Vinaigrette

This is a great summer salad with fresh seasonal ingredients. There is a pick your own strawberries farm by my house, so I picked the strawberries and bought the rest of the ingredients from the local farmer's market. You often see strawberry salads with sweeter dressings, but I think the balsamic vinaigrette is a perfect accompaniment to fresh strawberries.

1 tbsp. dijon mustard
2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
3 oz extra virgin olive oil (might need a little more olive oil depending on the sweetness of your balsamic vinegar)
Bag of mixed salad greens
2 cups strawberries, hulled and quartered
1/2 cup pecans, chopped and lightly toasted (put pecans in sauté pan over low heat, stirring occasionally, until fragrant)
2 oz goat cheese


In small bowl, add dijon mustard and balsamic vinegar. Whisk together. While whisking continuously, slowly pour in the extra virgin olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside. You might need to give it a quick whisk before using.

In a salad bowl toss mixed greens, strawberries, pecans, and goat cheese. Dress with balsamic vinaigrette and serve.


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