Salad greens from my mother's garden; berries picked by me
Two words indicative of summer are strawberry and salad. Put them together, and experience a flavor profile that is reminiscent of running barefoot through sprinklers, making s'mores, getting sun freckles on one's shoulders, and backyard camping in rickety tents. This Strawberry Salad is a quick, easy meal that can be whipped up for a tasty lunch or healthy dinner. Enjoy!
Strawberry Salad with Candied Walnuts
5 cups (for me, about 4 big handfuls) salad greens, washed and dried
1/2 cup red onion, sliced
1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled*
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
1/2 cup walnuts, shelled and halved
1 egg white
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper, to taste
1. Preheat the oven broiler (or set oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit). Combine egg white, sugar, cinnamon, cloves and paprika. Add nuts and mix with fork. Place nuts on a foil-lined cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until golden.
2. Meanwhile, combine the salad greens, red onion, cheese and strawberries. Once walnuts are done, sprinkle on top of salad. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Season as desired with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
*Bleu cheese would also be delicious!