When strawberries are in season, I know I just want to eat them every sweet way possible – on crêpes with Nutella, with shortbread and vanilla ice cream, in a smoothie or sorbet…the list goes on. But sometimes strawberries can really hit the spot in a savory recipe, too, like this one.
Start with spring mix lettuce. It’s especially delicious this time of year, hence the name! It really is quite delicious in springtime, when the cooler weather allows it to grow at a slower pace.
Since it’s already quite flavorful, just a simple mixture of avocado oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper can make a really tasty salad. Add some strawberries, and this salad is just perfection.
So what’s in spring mix? It’s a lettuce blend that is usually planted as a mix including spinach, mustard greens, arugula and a variety of baby greens like baby red and green romaine lettuces, baby butter lettuces, baby Swiss chard and more. The exact mix will vary from farm to farm. I remember growing it in my garden one year. It’s incredibly delicious homegrown! But definitely don’t forget about it after a couple of hot days or else those mustard greens will shoot up and even flower! It’s best when cut and harvested every few days.
Since spring mix is quite flavorful on its own, I propose this simple balsamic strawberry salad. If you prefer to pre-mix the ingredients, you can. Otherwise you can just drizzle them on and guess about quantities.
- 1 package spring mix (washed)
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- ¼ cup avocado oil
- 1 tablespoon plus one teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
- Divide the lettuce evenly among 4 plates.
- Arrange ¼ cup strawberries on top of each salad.
- Mix together the avocado oil and vinegar, or if desired, just drizzle an approximate amount on each.
- Season each with salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve and enjoy!