Strawberry Fields Forever

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on May 3, 2010

in chicken/turkey, simple recipe, Uncategorized

I don’t think I can express in enough words how happy it makes me to see strawberries in the grocery store again. Not just any strawberries either. These are the big, bright red, juicy (get your minds out of the gutter) berries that are only wonderful this time of year. The ones that are red all the way through instead of only on the surface with lush green leaves on the top that are just waiting for something beautiful to happen.

Over the weekend, I was talking to my friend Laurie over the weekend, and she informed me that she had the most delightful salad. She didn’t say as much, but I was sensing she wanted me to try to remake it… and since it sounded so amazing, remake it I did.

strawberry salad

In the mix:

3 big handfuls of organic baby spinach

1/2 c. sliced strawberries

1/2 diced avocado

1 Tbsp. sliced almonds, toasted

2 slices center cut bacon, cooked very crisp and crumbled

1 chicken breast, diced and roasted in 1 tsp. olive oil, thyme, S&P

Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette (recipe follows)

1 oz. Chavrie goat cheese


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Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Ingredients
1 pint strawberries, sliced
1/3 c. balsamic vinegar
1/3 c. olive oil
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/ 4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 c. water
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions
Place all ingredients except olive oil in the jar of a blender. Blend until smooth. Drizzle in the olive oil, and blend until emulsified. You’ll know its emulsified when it turns a lighter pink. Pour in the water and blend well, then strain through a fine-mesh strainer to remove seeds.

strawberry salad
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You have to try this salad. If you don’t do chicken, just leave it out. Pescetarian? Replace the chicken with some grilled salmon. Vegan? Leave off the bacon and chicken all together and bake some tofu to put on top. The combo of the strawberries, spinach, almonds, avocado, and vinaigrette just SCREAM Summer!
You know what else screams Summer? My dessert:
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Looks good, huh? Nothing like low-fat, no sugar added mint chocolate chip ice cream to finish off a day… and what makes it even better? It’s tiny! You all know how I feel about tiny food!
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Have a wonderful night!

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BethT May 3, 2010 at 6:52 PM

Ha! My blog post for today is almost identical to this…clearly it’s strawberry season!
.-= BethT´s last blog ..Favorite Salad =-.

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Mama Pea May 3, 2010 at 6:52 PM

I cannot wait for local berries! I love your baby ice cream cup too…I spy Crate and Barrel finds! :)
.-= Mama Pea´s last blog ..My KIND of Day =-.

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? May 3, 2010 at 7:08 PM

haha yeah, I have a problem with buying adorable things from C&B… I might have to go get more of those tiny cups!

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Heather (Heather's Dish) May 3, 2010 at 6:59 PM

yes, please, i would LOVE to eat this tonight :) seriously though, fabulous! especially with those gorgeous berries!

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Lauren May 3, 2010 at 7:12 PM

And don’t you just love how they are dirt cheap too! Ahh, summer fruit. What could be better! :)

I think your feelings of tiny food resemble my feelings of food in a bowl. :) It just tastes better.

Have a fantastic night sweet girl.
.-= Lauren´s last blog ..Happy Birthday Babaishka! =-.

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is May 3, 2010 at 7:14 PM

I want to jump thru the screen and eat that! Yum!
.-= Jessica @ How Sweet It Is´s last blog ..Peanut Butter Frosted Chocolate Chip Blondies. =-.

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Ericka May 3, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Maybe we need to go berry picking when you visit this summer!

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Ally@Sweet & Savory May 3, 2010 at 8:10 PM

Just have to say your pictures are so very beautiful with your new camera! I need a new one SO BAD!
.-= Ally@Sweet & Savory´s last blog ..Mustard Glazed Roasted Chicken & Weekend Recap =-.

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Christina May 3, 2010 at 8:18 PM

Yum that salad looks delicious! And that tiny dessert is so cute!!
.-= Christina´s last blog ..How to Hard Boil Easy-to-Peel Eggs =-.

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Ashley May 3, 2010 at 9:14 PM

Ummm, did you see my post about strawberries today? lol Totally excited!!! I also made a big fruity salad as well. AND I have those little ice cream cups from c+b..hehehe
.-= Ashley´s last blog ..how fast =-.

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Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) May 3, 2010 at 9:18 PM

I’m excited about the strawberries too!! I wish I liked fruit in my food though…..I like it by itself or in desserts only. I know…I’m weird.
.-= Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat)´s last blog ..Viva Las Vegas!! =-.

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Laurie May 3, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Mara, you’re so cute! Yay for the salad!!

I eat mine with red onion, too. The dressing that they make at LEAF for the salad tastes like you’re eating peanut butter and jelly dressing on your salad. It’s seriously like dessert and very much summer.

I <3 Strawberries.
.-= Laurie´s last blog ..…….are we there yet?, are we there yet?, are we there yet? =-.

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Tamara May 3, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Oh yum! I will definitely, definitely try that dressing when I come back from vacation. I wish I could head out and buy a pint of strawberries now, but we need to clear out the fridge!
.-= Tamara´s last blog ..My First Day as a Housewife =-.

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amanda May 4, 2010 at 12:50 PM

I love summer spinach salads! I make mine with strawberries, chicken, and eggs. Sometimes I will even top a few almonds on top. Delicious and filling!
.-= amanda´s last blog ..Eating my way around a city =-.

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Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) May 4, 2010 at 5:07 PM

That looks insanely delicious. Avocados, bacon, goat cheese and strawberries taste wonderful together. I need to make this asap!
.-= Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat)´s last blog ..rush rush =-.

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Sagan May 4, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Cute ice cream cup!

I love salad with baked tofu on top :D Strawberries would just make it that much better!
.-= Sagan´s last blog ..Re-cap of the Thirty Days of Yoga Challenge =-.

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Jenn (www.j3nn.net) May 4, 2010 at 7:54 PM

That salad looks amazing! I LOVE the picture, one of your best yet since your new cam!! I love strawberry salad with goat cheese, YUM! :D

Jenn
.-= Jenn (www.j3nn.net)´s last blog ..Hold The Pasta =-.

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Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) May 4, 2010 at 8:34 PM

I love the little cup, but I would need to eat 3 of them when it comes to ice cream! The salad looks delicious! I am all over the strawberries right now too!
.-= Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen)´s last blog ..Feel Good Food =-.

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Autumn May 4, 2010 at 9:02 PM

I have many strawberries to use this week…I bought three pounds this weekend! This might be a winner for a meal some night! It looks delicious!!!
.-= Autumn´s last blog ..SOOOOO good! =-.

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Marianne May 5, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Let’s be honest – any salad with bacon & avocado has to be good. End of story.
.-= Marianne´s last blog ..Media Muffin Contest Recap =-.

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