Berry Abundance Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette
You may think that salads are basic or boring, and while they are simple to put together, I certainly hope you’ll give this one a shot. It’s anything but boring, and it’s even boy-approved! You could make this for dinner, as we did the other night. It would be a bright addition to barbeque fare, and makes for a delicious packed-lunch for work or even a picnic.
I have a bounty of red currants and little mulberries from my gardens, and in addition to adding them to banana ice cream and fruit salads, or garnishing desserts, I have been looking for creative ways to use them. It feels funny to me to say that my garden is producing an abundance of anything! Anyone familiar with my gardening skills will know why…
I love the mix of sweet mulberries, tart currents, juicy strawberries, and the soft bite of blueberries. The shaved radishes provide a slight spiciness while the sprouts, bitter lettuces, and creamy avocado offer such a mix of flavour and texture! I also adore this dressing made by blending strawberries with balsamic vinegar, fresh lime juice, a little maple syrup, and the slightest bit of olive oil – it pulls the whole mix together. Hemp hearts up the protein and gogi berries add a bit of an unusual twist. Make this! Happy July!
Berry Abundance Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette (gluten free, vegan, raw, nut-free)
Serves 2 as a meal, or 4 as a side
2-3 oz baby greens (mix of arugula, spinach, baby romaine, frisée)
1 radish, sliced thin with a mandolin
1/4 c each strawberries, blueberries, and mulberries
small handful of red currants
1 tbsp gogi berries, soaked briefly to soften (optional to include)
small handful mint leaves
small handful basil leaves
1 tbsp hemp hearts
1 small scallion, sliced thinly
1/8 c alfalfa & radish sprouts
In a serving dish, place greens on bottom and add radish, berries, herbs, scallion, sprouts, & hemp hearts. Top with avocado, and drizzle with Strawberry Vinaigrette to serve.
Strawberry Vinaigrette (gluten free, vegan, raw option)
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar (or raw apple cider vinegar, for raw)
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
2-3 tsp maple syrup (or raw honey, for raw)
2 tsp olive oil
Combine strawberries, balsamic, lime juice & maple syrup in a blender and blend - beginning on low and slowly increasing to high speed - until completely smooth. Add oil and blend again, to combine. Taste and adjust if needed.
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