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In a world where there’s artificial coloring in so many of the prepackaged foods, it’s easy to forget that nature provides an array of beautiful natural coloring. If you go to a restaurant and order a salad with raspberry vinaigrette, most likely what you will get is a dressing with more ingredients than need be with a few drops of coloring for good measure. It doesn’t need it. This strawberry salad showcases the beauty that is a homemade raspberry vinaigrette. It’s pink and delicious, perfect for pairing with other berry salads.Print
- 1/3 cup Cascadian Farm frozen raspberries
- 3 tablespoons champagne vinegar
- 3 tablespoons almond oil (or another nut oil)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3 to 4 handfuls loose leaf or shredded lettuce
- 2 cups quartered strawberries
- ¼ cup feta
- ¼ cup almond slices
- In a blender, combine ingredients for the dressing. Let sit for 10 minutes so that raspberries can thaw slightly. Puree until smooth then taste and adjust honey/salt levels if desired.
- In a large bowl, combine the lettuce with the strawberries, feta, and almonds.
- Drizzle a couple tablespoons of the dressing over the salad and toss until well combined. Save leftover dressing for use on more salads.
Step by Step
One of the things I love about this salad is the ability to highlight a seasonal fruit (strawberries) while using a separate fruit to pair. You could easily do this throughout the year depending on which fruit flavors you were looking to highlight.
Fruit: Depending on the season, swap out the strawberries for other fruit like blueberries, blackberries, or even apples.
Dressing: While I love the raspberry base, any type of berry will work. Try a blackberry or strawberry dressing (or a mix of all of them!) I prefer frozen fruit for the dressing because as it thaws, it provides more juice and breaks down easier when pureeing.
Greens: I recommend keeping the greens simple- use a type of butter lettuce or baby spinach. Something that will work well with the flavors of the fruit.
At any given time, we have a bag of frozen raspberries in our freezer. I don’t like to buy fresh berries out of season (expensive/not as good) but we love having berries around for morning oats and weekend waffles. A few of my favorite ways to use up frozen berries: