Not only is it finally spring, but also the time for graduation parties, bridal showers, and weddings galore. If you’re struggling to think of a dish to take to the next shower or get-together on your schedule, this month’s Recipe Redux theme will be a great source of inspiration!
This Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad is perfect for a Sunday brunch or celebratory party because it is so easy to make and always a crowd pleaser. What really puts the salad over the top is the homemade Blackberry Balsamic vinaigrette. It’s so simple to make salad dressing and vinaigrette at home with just a few basic ingredients. I love using fresh herbs, infused vinegars and olive oils in my homemade concoctions. Olive oil and vinegar shops are popping up in bigger cities, which is where I purchased my Blackberry Balsamic, but you can also order it online here. Regular balsamic vinegar would work just fine in place of the blackberry variety, just add a teaspoon of honey to give a hint of sweetness. The walnuts could be substituted with pecans, and if strawberries aren’t in season, you can switch them out for dried cranberries.
Don’t forget to check out all of the other wonderfully appetizing ideas from the other Recipe Redux members! Just click the blue frog below the recipe.
Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad
6 cups mixed greens
1 cup strawberries, sliced
4 oz. goat cheese
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
Blackberry Balsamic Vinaigrette
3 Tbsp. Blackberry Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
Black Pepper, to taste
1. In a large serving bowl, add mixed greens, sliced strawberries, goat cheese and walnuts
2. In a small bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, olive oil and black pepper.
3. When ready to serve, drizzle vinaigrette over salad or serve on the side.