Strawberry and Walnut Salad with Walnut Balsamic Vinaigrette

Strawberry and Walnut Salad
As the weather warms up, I find myself craving salads, especially the light, fruity variety like this Strawberry and Walnut Salad with Walnut Balsamic Vinaigrette. The sweet juicy strawberries are the perfect foil to the mild chicken and avocado and walnuts add a lovely crunch.

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Strawberry and Walnut Salad with a Walnut Balsamic Vinaigrette

Perfect for a light lunch or salad supper, my Strawberry and Walnut Salad is seriously nutrient dense so great for helping you to keep your spring healthy eating resolutions. Simply omit the chicken to make this recipe vegetarian or vegan, adding some extra avocado and walnuts, if you like. I like to use Little Gem lettuce for this salad but any crisp green lettuce will work just fine. I’d skip the Iceberg variety but Cos or Romaine lettuce work really well.

Strawberry and Walnut Salad with a Walnut Balsamic Vinaigrette - an easy, nutrient packed summer salad the whole family will love

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This is a great salad for people like me who find themselves working through lunch without meaning to. If you keep healthy ingredients like poached chicken breasts, avocado and fresh strawberries on hand, it takes literally minutes to throw together. Strawberry and Walnut Salad packs a fantastic nutritional punch with the good fats in the avocado and walnuts, the lean protein in the chicken and the vitamins in the strawberries.

While I often prefer warm salads like my Salade Frisée aux Lardons for supper, my Strawberry and Walnut Salad is definitely hearty enough to satisfy when it comes to an evening meal on a hot summer day. Just add some crusty bread or hot rolls for those with really big appetites.

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Strawberry and Walnut Salad
A good salad is very dependent on its dressing and this one is no exception. Walnut oil is best for the vinaigrette as it really draws out the flavour of the nuts but mild olive oil works as well. (Extra virgin olive oil isn’t needed in this case. The flavour can be quite heavy and you don’t want to overpower the delicate taste of the strawberries.)

Please use a good balsamic vinegar, one that has been aged for at least 12 years. You get what you pay for when it comes to balsamic vinegar and as a little goes a long way, it’s well worth buying the best you can afford. Dijon mustard adds a lovely tang. If you are out of honey you can use a teaspoon of sugar instead but I do prefer the flavour of honey in this case.

Enjoy my versatile Strawberry and Walnut Salad for lunch or dinner one day soon. The fresh flavour of this healthy salad is bound to energise and uplift you, whatever the weather!

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Strawberry and Walnut Salad
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Serves: Serves 2
  • 3 cups shredded crisp green lettuce
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 3 celery sticks, finely chopped
  • half a ripe avocado, peeled and chopped in small pieces
  • 2 cooked chicken breasts, chopped (optional)
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons walnut oil or mild olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon runny honey
  1. To make the dressing, thoroughly shake or whisk together the oil, Balsamic vinegar, mustard and honey.
  2. In a medium bowl, toss the strawberries, chopped celery, avocado, chicken (if using) and walnuts together.
  3. Divide the shredded lettuce between two plates.
  4. Top with the tossed strawberries, celery, avocado, chicken and walnuts.
  5. Drizzle with the dressing.
  6. Serve at once.
You can replace the chicken with more avocado and extra walnuts to make a vegan version of this salad.

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  1. Spring salads are so fresh and yummy. I love your dressing paired with the strawberries! Please link this scrumptious post up at #PureBlogLove link party. it’s live now! I’m hosting at We’d love to see you there!

  2. This looks like a delicious salad April. Love the strawberries, nuts and dressing!

  3. I love the color and healthful combo of textures and flavors in this dish. YUM.

  4. Dear April, I could eat this salad for lunch or dinner. Sometimes I just crave a light meal like this. This is fresh and delicious…love it. xo, Catherine

  5. What a festive salad April…perfect for Easter and Passover!

  6. This salad is making me drool. I love strawberries and walnuts in any salad. This is going in my recipe book.

  7. Love all the ingredients, and the dressing sounds fabulous! So pretty, which is a nice bonus!

  8. Looks very healthy and love adding strawberries and walnuts to a salad!

  9. I love every single thing in this salad, April. Fantastic!

  10. April, this a fantastic salad! It gets me right into the springtime mood!

  11. Love this beautiful salad, April! It looks absolutely tasty, wonderful and so colorful!

  12. Delicious strawberry and walnut salad April. Love the color.

  13. April,
    Your salad and dressing look delicious. Funny, I posted salad dressings this week too.

  14. April, you have some of my favourite foods here: what a beautiful, healthy, refreshing combination.

  15. Hi April,
    Like you when the weather warms we start to think of wonderful salads that will cool the hot summer days. Your salad is a wonderful combination of flavor. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

    • I’m so glad you like my salad, Miz Helen! Thank you so much for the compliment and for visiting. Look forward to seeing you again soon! Hope your week is going well.

  16. What a great combination! So delicious, easy to make and perfect to eat!

  17. What a lovely salad which would be so refreshing on a hot summer night! Sharing!

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