March 25, 2015

Fruit Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

Salad season commence! :) I admit my personal salad season is all year round since I'm so veggie-crazed, but I wanted to kick off the more traditional salad season by sharing a fruit salad instead. The colorful, fresh fruit is a nice change of pace and it pairs so well with the tangy strawberry balsamic vinaigrette. The dressing is very simple, but very flavorful. It only takes a couple minutes to make, and can be stored in the fridge if you'd like to prepare it ahead of time. The salad is great as is, but I also recommend adding maple-vanilla candied nuts on top for another delicious dimension!


Vegan, gluten-free
Dressing yields about 1 cup

Ingredients
1 head romaine (or other green)
1 heaping cup blueberries
1 heaping cup strawberries
1 1/2 cups pineapple
1 orange (or 2-3 clementines)
Optional: green onion, candied nuts, etc.

{For the strawberry vinaigrette}
1 heaping cup fresh strawberries
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. dijon mustard
1/8 tsp. salt (or more to taste)
Optional: agave/honey for sweetness

Directions
Make the dressing: remove stems from strawberries. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Add agave/honey for sweetness if desired.
Chop romaine, strawberries, pineapple, and orange.
Add all ingredients to a bowl and drizzle with dressing.
Great served with maple-vanilla candied nuts!

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6 comments:

  1. YUM this looks beautiful and delicious!

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    1. Thanks! Always love having a meal that literally brightens the day ;)

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  2. When you say 1/4 cup balsamic vinaigrette do you mean balsamic vinegar or do I make a balsamic vinaigrette and then add more olive il and the Dijon mustard and salt to it? Thanks.

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    1. Hi Carol! AH! Thanks for catching that - definitely a typo :) It's 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar. Just updated it, thank you so much! Hope you enjoy!!

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  3. This looks so vibrant and delicious :D I love food that makes me feel like I'm eating a rainbow.

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    1. Aww thank you!! Fruit and veggie rainbows are the best ;)

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