Strawberries & Summertime Salad

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After a long wait and a long and unexpected hiatus (sorry!), the strawberries & summertime salad is finally here! This spring and summer has been salad galore for me. It’s a healthy choice for these summer months and most salads require no cooking time, which was very important for me given that my family and I are recovering from a home improvement disaster. Long story short, our kitchen was unusable for a period of time and I was forced to fend for meals that required no stove or oven cook time and minimal counter space. And, this creation is one of my many results.

This salad is actually a variation of my Spinach, Avocado, & Gorgonzola  Salad, which is one of my favorites. I wanted to switch up a few of the flavors for another fresh and light summer dish. With any dish, but especially salads, the fresher the ingredients, the fresher the taste. Farmer’s market season makes having fresh produce and ingredients a real treat when it comes to dishes like this one. Gorgonzola has become one of my favorite cheeses to use in summer salads. It’s so easy to just toss on top and it’s not extremely heavy. And, gorgonzola and walnuts is a classic pairing that works very well with the fruit and avocado. And, of course, the mint adds an unexpected pop to this combination.

Strawberries & Summertime Salad

Kale

Arugala

Fresh Strawberries, halved

Avocado

Fresh Buttermilk Gorgonzola

Candied Walnuts, chopped

fresh mint leaves, chopped

Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon balsamic vinaigrette

1 tablespoon honey or agave syrup

To taste, combine and toss all of the salad ingredients. Next, in a small glass bowl, combine the olive oil, balsamic vinaigrette, and honey and toss into the salad.