A spring seasonal salad featuring mixed greens, sliced strawberries, and goat cheese, tossed together in a Dijon Vinaigrette – this salad is perfect as an Easter side, or complete meal with your favorite protein!
It feels like S P R I N G, which is coming up fast, right? Truth be told, it’s been chilly in Florida (as the northeast has legit snow storms right now), and I’ve loved it because in a few days things will be warm again, and “warm” in Tampa is summer for everyone else.
But the turn of the season has me thinking about fresh salads for spring; berries, soft cheeses, and homemade vinaigrettes! I love dreaming up these kinds of salads. This is the type of salad I’d love during the week for lunch with a side of grilled chicken.
But, it’s also a great addition to your Easter table. This year, with the passing of my dad, we’re not in the highest of spirits. We’re getting by, and most days are okay, but this first year not having him for holidays is going to be hard on us, and we know it. But we’re still a [big] family, so together we shall be. And that’s the only way we’d want it.
We’re planning to keep Easter dinner simple this year, and we’re ordering a dinner kit, from The Fresh Market, so no one needs to worry about planning a menu for a family of 10. And some years you just need that, whether something good or bad happened in your life, and that’s OKAY. Some years you can do it all, and some years it’s OKAY to have outside help.
But this salad, this salad will be my small contribution to our Easter dinner this year. It’s light, and fresh, and so colorful. Plus, it’s easy to make, which is fine by me. The addition of sweet strawberries means, we may even coerce my three-year old niece into trying it. Maybe. If I’m lucky.
For everyday salads, I tend to use romaine; but for seasonal salads that can serve as a side, I like a good spring mix to change it up a bit, since it’s not the main event. But please, use whatever green you like for this salad; kale would also be good, massaged in the Dijon Vinaigrette that goes with this spring salad.
I used leftover walnuts I had (from this pesto), but you could easily use pecans, or slivered almonds. You do you, friend. This salad is low-carb as-is, but if you have any paleo eaters at Easter this year, omit the goat cheese, and everyone wins.
What are your must-have sides at Easter?
strawberry spring salad with goat cheese
strawberry spring salad
- 4 cups spring mix salad mix - any leafy greens will work
- 1 1/2 cup strawberries, sliced
- 1 medium cucumber, seeded and diced
- 6 ounces goat cheese, softened, and crumbled
- 1/4 cup walnut pieces - can use slivered almonds or chopped pecans instead
- 1 cup Dijon vinaigrette - recipe below
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
- 1 clove garlic, minced - can also sub in 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt, plus more if needed, to taste
- 1 teaspoon pepper, to taste
strawberry spring salad
- To a serving bowl, add all ingredients, except dressing. Toss to combine. When ready to serve, you can either add vinaigrette to bowl, or set aside for guests to dress themselves.
- Combine all ingredients to a mason jar. Secure lid, and shake well to combine.
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