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Summery Strawberry Salad April 14, 2010

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We just pulled up to OSU’s campus for the first day of the 2nd leg of the Shane & Shane/John Mark McMillan/Carlos Whitaker tour. It’s an outdoor event put on by a campus ministry… my favorite part of today so far? Free hamburgers, right off the grill. Oh yes, Lord. I actually was thinking about hamburgers on the drive up here. And they’re FREE.

I ate two.

Anyway. All of this sunshine and outdoor events and grilling out feels like summer to me! I know it’s still “spring”, but as I just told my sweet husband, consistent 80+ degree weather and sunshine = summer to this Ohio girl. And because it’s been so awesome outside, this past week at home we started having one of my favorite summery salads, and I thought I’d share it with you!

Summery Strawberry Salad

serves: 5 people (or 2 if those two are Shane & me)

  • 1 container of pre-washed baby spinach
  • couple handfuls of ripe strawberries, washed and quartered
  • half of a Granny Smith apple, chopped into bite-size pieces
  • half to a whole handful (depending on how much you like gorgonzola)ย of crumbled gorgonzola cheese ย ** if you don’t like gorgonzola, feta or bleu cheese would work fine! I’m just a fan of gorgonzola’s strong flavor and richness
  • a GENEROUS handful (let’s make it one and a half) of walnuts and/or pecans (I prefer walnuts), toasted (if you like) and chopped
  • Brianna’s Blush Wine Vinaigrette (most groceries carry the brand – look for a pretty glass bottle with a picture of a strawberry on front)
To toast the walnuts or pecans:
1) Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
2) Lightly coat the bottom of a glass baking dish (any size) with a couple tablespoons of melted butter or oil (walnut, vegetable, olive, any kind you have around).
3) Coarsely chop the walnuts and/or pecans, pour into baking dish and toss to evenly coat with butter/oil.
4) Sprinkle a couple teaspoons of sugar (sugar in the raw or organic sugar work great) on top, half a teaspoon of salt, and a LIGHT dusting of fresh ground black pepper. Toss again to coat.
5) Place in the oven until you begin to smell the nuts toasting, about 10 minutes. Be careful not to burn! (although I LOVE things burned. Seriously, I do.)
For the salad:
1) Take toasted nuts out of the oven, place on a plate to cool.
2) In a tall bowl, throw baby spinach, quartered strawberries, chopped apples, crumbled gorgonzola, and COOLED (or it will melt the cheese) walnuts/pecans.
3) Add the amount of vinaigrette you want, and then toss!
4) Put on a plate. Grab a fork. Go outside on your deck or backyard, find a sunny spot, and enjoy.

8 Responses to “Summery Strawberry Salad”

  1. April Says:

    thanks! I’m definitively going to be making this soon!

  2. Jaclyn Says:

    My husband, sister-in-law and I had about this same salad last night after they completed their run. We live in Colorado and it has been 70 degrees! I did not run with them because I am 4 months pregnant and was exhausted from work! (I work at – the organization Hudson Taylor founded 150 years ago!)

  3. Bethany H Says:

    I’ve totally had this before and LOVED it! Though never knew what all the ingredients were… now I’ll have to make it myself. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!

  4. Anna Says:

    Thanks for the recipe! I wish my husband liked strawberries. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Bethany C Says:

    Oh no! I go to OSU, and had no idea about this event…I absolutely would have attended had I known ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Awww I’m bummed out now, guess you’ll just have to come back sometime ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Toni J Says:

    All of you who said you should try it/make it…YOU MUST!! Thank you SOO much, Bethany! It is so delicious! I had never toasted walnuts before. The walnuts are so good this way, I could eat the walnuts plain! In the oven next is the red sauce recipe ๐Ÿ™‚ Went and got all the ingredients for this summer salad and your red sauce recipes today. God bless you and your taste buds ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a good thing you are not my neighbor…I’d be the rude neighbor always “conveniently” coming by when it’s dinner time and seeing what you are making and hoping you’d invite me in! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks again, Beth! Keep ’em coming!!

  7. Hilary Says:

    Yum! I made this today. Great recipe– thank you for sharing!

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