A Fresh Twist on Salad: Strawberry Feta Salad

by | Apr 8, 2024 | Appetizers, Featured, Lunch, Sides | 0 comments

Who said salads have to be boring? Certainly not anyone who’s tried the incredible combination of strawberries and Feta cheese in a salad. Today, I’m thrilled to share a recipe that turns the salad game on its head. Introducing the Strawberry Feta Salad with Balsamic Glaze – a dish that’s as delightful to the eyes as it is to the palate.

The Perfect Balance

At first glance, the mix of sweet strawberries and salty Feta might seem unusual. However, it’s precisely this combination that gives the salad its unique charm. The sweet, juicy strawberries provide a refreshing burst of flavor, while the Feta adds a creamy texture and tangy kick. And there’s more – the peppery arugula and the crunchy pecans add layers of flavor and texture that are simply irresistible.

Crafting the Salad: Step by Step

First, let’s talk ingredients and prep. You’ll need some basic greens – Romaine lettuce and arugula – as the foundation.

Next, add in fresh, ripe strawberries and crumbled Feta cheese for that sweet and salty duo.

For the crunch, throw in some pecan halves.

The beauty of this recipe lies in how easy it is to blend of flavors to make a super salad.

The Dressing: Add some Balsamic!

Now, onto the star of the show – the balsamic glaze. It’s what elevates this salad from good to gourmet. The process is straightforward but requires a bit of patience. You’ll simmer balsamic vinegar until it reduces to a thick, syrupy glaze. Drizzling this over the salad not only adds a rich, tangy flavor but also a beautiful glossy finish.

Assembly and Enjoyment of your Strawberry Feta Salad

Once your glaze is ready, it’s time to assemble. Toss the greens, strawberries, Feta, and pecans together. Season with a dash of salt and pepper, and drizzle with a bit of olive oil. Then, the final touch – a generous drizzle of the balsamic glaze. The result? A salad that’s a feast for the senses.

Strawberry Feta Salad with Balsamic Glaze

The combination of fresh, sweet strawberries and a rich balsamic glaze gives this light and refreshing salad an almost dessert-like quality. However, the peppery arugula and the salty Feta cheese balance out the sweetness, while the pecans add a satisfying crunch.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: strawberries, feta, salad, balsamic glaze
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 304kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Romaine lettuce chopped
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1 pint strawberries trimmed and quartered
  • 3 oz feta cheese
  • ½ cup pecan halves
  • 1 dash sea salt to taste
  • 1 dash black pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  • Add the Romaine lettuce, arugula, strawberries, Feta cheese and pecans to a large bowl. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and drizzle with the olive oil. Gently toss to combine and set aside. 
  • To make the balsamic glaze, heat the balsamic vinegar over medium-high heat until it begins to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring continually, until the liquid is reduced to about 1/3 of its original volume, approximately 8-10 minutes. 
  • Remove from heat and cool slightly before drizzling over the salad. Transfer the salad to individual salad bowls and serve immediately. Enjoy! 

Nutrition

Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 273mg | Potassium: 412mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 2395IU | Vitamin C: 72mg | Calcium: 174mg | Iron: 2mg

Wrap-Up: More Than Just a Salad

So, there you have it – a salad that’s anything but ordinary. With its blend of sweet, savory, and crunchy elements, it’s a testament to the fact that salads can be exciting and flavorful. Whether you’re looking for a light lunch or a unique side dish, this Strawberry Feta Salad with Balsamic Glaze is sure to impress.

Remember, cooking is all about experimentation and fun. Feel free to adjust the ingredients to suit your taste. More strawberries, less Feta, extra pecans – make it yours. After all, the best recipes are the ones that bring joy to your table. Enjoy!

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