While late spring means the start of long, warm days, the end of exams and preparation for summer festivals, what is really the cherry, or berry, on the cake, is the start of strawberry season. Here are 8 summer salads with strawberries that you should try this summer!
Strawberries are hitting UK markets earlier and earlier, meaning we can use them for lots of yummy recipes for longer. While they go great with cream during British Wimbledon season, first served at the games in 1877, sometimes we need a healthier combo to enjoy our strawberries without an ounce of guilt. The best salads are simplicity itself, so wash and add your ingredients in whichever order you prefer to make an easy but gorgeous meal. Whether you’re a salad purist or a daring gastronomer, this list of 8 summer salads with strawberries will have something to tickle your taste buds.
1. Strawberry, Spinach and Feta salad
A loosely-Greek inspired salad, this salad is perfectly refreshing and extremely moreish, balanced perfectly by tart strawberries, and tangy crumbled feta.
Body: 8 Cups Washed Baby Spinach, 4 Cups Sliced Strawberries, ½ Cup of Crumbled Feta Cheese.
Dressing: ½ Cup Oliver Oil, ¼ Cup Balsamic Vinegar, ¼ Cup, 2 Pinches White Sugar, 1 Pinch Paprika, 2 Tablespoons Poppyseeds
2. Honey and Mustard Strawberry Salad
This salad is great for any summer barbecue.
Body: 4 Cups Sliced Strawberries, 1 Small Chopped Red Onion, 1 Head Chopped Red Lettuce Leaves, ½ Head Chopped Red Cabbage
Dressing: ¼ Cup Balsamic Vinegar, 1 ½ Tablespoons Dijon Mustard, 1 Tablespoon Honey, 2 Small Cloves Chopped Peeled Garlic, ½ Teaspoon Salt, ¼ Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper, ½ Cup Olive Oil
3. Strawberry and Avocado Salad
Avocadoes are just great when you can get your hands on them. Talk about being a Millennial.
Body: 3 Cups Sliced Strawberries, 200g Rocket Leaves, 1 Peeled and Sliced Avocado, 50g Chopped Walnuts, 2 Cups Chopped Cooked Chicken
Dressing: 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice, 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil, 1 Teaspoon of Vinegar (your choice), 2 Tablespoons Caster Sugar
4. Strawberry, Cucumber and Basil Salad
Like a cocktail but less naughty.
Body: 4 Cups Sliced Strawberries, 2 Tablespoons Sliced Fresh Basil, 2 Cups Sliced Cucumber
Dressing: 2 Teaspoons Balsamic Vinegar, 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice, ¼ Teaspoon Salt, 1 Teaspoon Sugar, ¼ Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
5. Very Merry Berry Fruit Salad
Full of antioxidants and a kick of fresh juices.
Body: 4 Cups Sliced Strawberries, 1 Cup Blueberries, 2 Cups Raspberries, 2 Cups Blackberries
Dressing: ¼ Cup Honey, ¼ Cup Lemon Juice, ¼ Cup Mint
6. Citrus-y Summer Salad
Sour, sweet and all things neat.
Body: 4 Cups Sliced Strawberries, Chopped Flesh of 3 Oranges, 2 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Mint
Dressing: 1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice, 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
7. Strawberry, Quinoa and Berry Fruit Salad
Now this is a fancy one and is filling to boot.
Body: 4 Cups Sliced Strawberries, 1 Cup Blueberries, ¾ Cup Diced Mango, ¾ Cup Cooked Quinoa, 1 Peeled and Chopped Avocado
Dressing: 2 Tablespoons Orange Juice, Juice of 1 Lime, 2 Tablespoons Honey
8. Strawberry, Yoghurt and Granola Salad
A bit ‘out there’ for salad, but this one is great for brunch.
Body: 4 Cups Sliced Strawberries, 1 Cup Blackberries, 2 Cups Yoghurt, 1 Cup Granola
Dressing: 2 Teaspoons Sugar
Strawberries are a lot more versatile than you might have thought! They add the perfect shot of colour to an otherwise lacking salad, making your meal utterly Instagram-able. And can give you your daily dose of Vitamin C. You can add different nuts, alternative dressings, or even turn the ingredients into a smoothie! As long as you get those strawberries while they’re around!
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