Strawberry and Walnut Salad

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

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. Vegetarians and vegans can simply omit the chicken, adding some extra avocado and walnuts to make up for it. 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.

This is a great salad for people like me who find themselves working through lunch without meaning to. If you keep healthy ingredients like cooked chicken breasts, avocado and fresh strawberries on hand, it takes literally minutes to throw together. However it 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. And 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. Just add some crusty bread or hot rolls for those with really big appetites.

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 dressing 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 – regular mustard just doesn’t cut it for this dressing. If you are out of honey you can use a teaspoon of sugar instead but honestly, honey really is the best choice.

Add a taste of spring to next week’s menu plan with my Strawberry and Walnut Salad for lunch or dinner one day. The fresh flavour of this healthy salad is bound to lift your spirits and get you in the mood for the new season – even if there is still snow on the ground where you are!

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Strawberry and Walnut Salad
 
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Ingredients
  • 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
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons walnut oil or mild olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon runny honey
Instructions
  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 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.
Notes
You can replace the chicken with more avocado and extra walnuts to make a vegan version of this salad.

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Article by April Harris

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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 http://www.homemadefoodjunkie.com. 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.

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