Strawberry Summer Salad

by Susan on July 24, 2009

Summer Strawberry Salad

Summer is the time to celebrate locally grown produce. Strawberries take on a whole new personality when they are grown close by. The berries, with their deep red flesh burst in your mouth with flavor. Evoking picnics by the lake, bare feet and sweet fragrant breezes, local strawberries are truly a summer indulgence.

As we move into August, salads can become the focal point of the meal. Heavier foods are no longer appealing as the long, warm days ask us for a refreshing meal. Strawberries are a wonderful addition to greens. Combined with a raw strawberry vinaigrette and almond brittle for an extra textural crunch, this salad will easily take center stage. This recipe will require advanced prep time for the almond brittle.

Strawberry Vinaigrette

  • 8 medium Strawberries
  • 1 C Olive Oil
  • 1/4 C Agave (or other liquid sweetener of choice)
  • 2 Lemons, juiced

Place all ingredients in Vitamix an blend until smooth and emulsified. Makes 1.2 Cups.

Almond Brittle

  • 1 C almonds, soaked for at least 6 hours
  • 1.5 T Cinnamon
  • 1.5 T Ginger
  • pinch of Cayenne
  • 2 – 3 T Maple Syrup*

Drain almonds and pat dry. Place all ingredients in food processor. Process until well ground but some larger chunks still exist. If you need more moisture to hold together, add the extra maple syrup. Flatten out on a teflex sheet. Dehydrate for 8 hours or until brittle is very dry. Handle carefully.Carefully break into pieces.

Salad

  • 4 C Greens (of of choice)
  • Strawberry Vinaigrette
  • 16 Strawberries – halved

Assembly

Place salad in center of plate. Surround with sliced strawberries. Drizzle vinaigrette on salad, top with crumbled almond brittle. Serves 4.

*Maple Syrup is not considered to be raw but is used by many raw chefs for textural reasons.

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Gayle Fox July 26, 2009 at 11:47 am

This looks amazing,great job! I’m putting together my grocery list…do you have a recipe for the strawberry vinegarette to share?
My tummy is growling for this already! LOL
Thanks so much,
Gayle Fox

Susan July 26, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Top of the recipe!!! Hope you enjoy it!

Eco Mama July 27, 2009 at 12:09 am

Looks Great!

Crystal March 15, 2010 at 5:35 pm

I don’t have a dehydrator….How can I make the brittle using an oven?

Michelle May 7, 2010 at 10:16 am

Am I correct to assume that the ginger in the brittle recipe is ginger powder, rather than fresh ginger?

Blanka September 27, 2011 at 8:44 am

Oh yum, just made the dressing for some greens with cucumbers and strawberries to enjoy for lunch on thei Indian summer day and it is divine!!! Thank you!

Lorraine January 15, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Mmmm! I am making this tonight! Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

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