Strawberries are in season so why not jazz up your dinner salad with this Strawberry, Pecan and Feta Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette.
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My husband and I went to Longhorn Steak House on Sunday. We shared a 10 oz. New York Strip Steak. It comes with two sides so he got broccoli and I got jasmine rice. The we added their strawberry, pecan and feta salad. It was absolutely amazing. Actually, everything what quite delicious.
I knew I would be making Calamari Stew for dinner on Monday night, but I was thinking about what to make with it. All of a sudden the strawberry, pecan, feta salad popped into my mind. I had all of the ingredients … well except Longhorn’s version had red grapes, which I didn’t have … but was sure it would be just as good without them.
Strawberry, Pecan and Feta Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette
Yields 2 servings for the salad; approximately 1 cup for the vinaigrette
For the Salad:
1 head romaine lettuce (washed, dried, chopped) 4-5 fresh strawberries, sliced (or more, if desired)
10-12 mandarin orange slices (or more, if desired)
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced 1⁄4 cup toasted pecans, chopped
1⁄4 cup crumbled feta cheese (or more, if desired)
For the Vinaigrette:
1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (I used white balsamic)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon mustard (I used stone ground)
1-2 teaspoons raw honey
1/2 teaspoon thyme
salt and pepper, to taste
In a large bowl toss lettuce with the strawberries, orange slices, onions, toasted pecans and feta
Add vinaigrette ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until well combined.
Plate salad and serve with dressing on the side or toss.
Store remaining vinaigrette in mason jar for up to one week.