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{Summer Salad Series} Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad with Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette

We are finishing up our summer salad series today and, boy, did we save a special treat for you today…. Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad with Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette!

Summer Salad Series - Basic Creamy Salad Dressing Recipes www.thepinningmama.com

1.  How to Throw a Salad Bar Party with FREE Printable Labels

2. Basic Creamy Salad Dressing and Simple Balsamic Dressing

3. Green Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

4. Papaya & Avocado Salad with Papaya Seed Dressing

5. Chicken Pesto Caesar Salad

6.  Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad with Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette

{Summer Salads} Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad with Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette by www.thepinningmama.com

Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad with Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette is one of my absolute favorite salads of all time.  The strawberry has the perfect sweetness to contrast the tangy flavor of the balsamic and goat cheese.  The flavors almost dance in your mouth!  Not to mention it is light and absolutely perfect for summer.

{Summer Salads} Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad with Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette by www.thepinningmama.com

To start I like to use 1/2 spring mix 1/2 baby spinach.  You can use any green you prefer but I think this combo really compliments the lighter dressing and pairs well with the strawberry and cheese.  Next I prep my strawberries by quartering them.  I like to prepare the goat cheese by taking a plain log, crumbling the portion I need and cracking fresh black pepper over it.  After a quick mix to combine it is ready to go into the salad.  I am of firm belief that fresh cracked pepper and goat cheese is a match made in heaven!  If you don’t like goat cheese (gasp!) feel free to substitute feta in this salad.  Also, make sure you have your croutons ready.  You can buy some or if you really want to put this salad over the top you can try out our recipe for Scrumptious Homemade Croutons. If you have never had homemade croutons you might be missing out on life!

{Summer Salads} Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad with Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette by www.thepinningmama.com

To prepare the dressing you combine all of the ingredients and shake, whisk, or vigorously stir until emulsified.  The garlic should be fresh for the best results.  Once you have it together, let it set for 2 hrs to overnight to let the flavors come together.  Make sure you shake, whisk, stir again to make sure it is properly emulsified before serving.

{Summer Salads} Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad with Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette by www.thepinningmama.com

Right before serving you will want to combine the greens, strawberries, goat cheese, toasted pine nuts and croutons then drizzle the vinaigrette over top and toss to coat.

Looking for something to serve it with? Last time we made it we served it with these Perfect Slider Sandwiches, YUM!

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This salad has such simple flavors but the way they come together just can’t be described!  Prepare to LOVE this salad!!!

{Summer Salads} Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad with Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette by www.thepinningmama.com

 

{Summer Salad Series} Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad with Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette
 
Ingredients
  • For the Salad:
  • 4 Cups Mixed Greens - Baby Spinach Combo
  • 1 Cup Strawberries, quartered
  • 4 Ounces Goat Cheese, crumbled & mixed with ½ Tsp fresh cracked black pepper
  • ¼ C Toasted Pine Nuts (Optional)
  • For the dressing:
  • ½ Cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 Cup Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Mayo
  • ¼ Tsp Salt
  • ¼ Tsp Onion Poweder
  • ¼ Tsp Dried Basil
  • ½ Tsp Dried Oregano
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar
  • 3 Cloves Fresh Garlic, crushed and diced
Instructions
  1. Combine all dressing ingredients and mix thoroughly until dressing is emulsified.
  2. Combine all salad ingredients
  3. Drizzle dressing to taste over salad (You will not use all of the dressing!)
  4. Toss to coat

 

Make sure to check out the other salads in our Summer Salad Series!  We will have you eating light and healthy ALL SUMMER LONG!

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{Summer Salads} Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad with Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette by www.thepinningmama.com

And don’t forget to check out these other scrumptious salads in our Summer Salad Series!

How to Throw  Salad Bar Party with Free Printable Labels

 

 

Green Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

 

 

Papaya & Avocado Salad with Papaya Seed Dressing

 

 

Basic Creamy Salad Dressing and Basic Balsamic Vinaigrette 

 

 

How To Make Homemade Croutons

 

How to make scrumptious homemade croutons. These are amazing and totally make a salad! www.thepinningmama.com

 

{Summer Salads} Chicken Pesto Caesar Salad by www.thepinningmama.com

 

Chicken Pesto Caesar Salad

{Summer Salads} Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad with Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette by www.thepinningmama.com

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    • says

      I just saw yours Jen and it looks so good too! You know how much we love a good salad! I love the idea of adding apples though! I will have to give it a try!

  1. Peggy S. Mitchell says

    There’s a local restaurant in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada called “Earl’s” that makes a Seasonal version of this salad with the addition of plump, ripe blueberries. Best salad I’ve ever tasted. Thank you so much for the recipe – I’ve been thinking about how to recreate it.

    • says

      So glad I could help! This is one of my favorite recipes too. The addition of blueberries is such a great idea. I will definitely try that next time :) enjoy!

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