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Side Salad with Strawberries and Almonds

This easy summer recipe is a tangy balsamic vinaigrette salad with strawberries and sliced almonds that is perfect for a barbeque lunch or Sunday brunch.

Equipment

No Equipment Needed

Difficulty

Very Easy


Picture of the strawberry salad with almonds and French fried onion.

This salad with strawberries is using spring mix, but could just as easily use fresh spinach.


My grandmother always loved to top her spinach salad with strawberries and almonds. It was a common side dish she served anytime we were enjoying her delicious cooking! There is something very nostalgic about putting strawberries on a salad, but now I find I prefer to contrast them with the colorful and textural variety in spring mix.

Here is an idea for an easy side dish that is very versatile!

This salad recipe is so fast that you can have it thrown together in fewer than 5 minutes if you already have balsamic vinaigrette, making it a great choice for any meal where you want to add a fresh vegetable. Try this side dish with barbeques, Sunday brunches, hosted dinners, Summer cookouts, or just dinner with the family. It is also naturally vegan friendly!



Side dish or full sized.

The recipe is written so that you can multiply to know exactly how much you need for how many side salads you want. But that doesn't mean it has to be relegated to only be a side! You can easily increase the volume of the ingredients for a single large one!



Picture of the ingredients with spring mix, fresh strawberries, sliced almonds, and balsami vinaigrette.

Gather your ingredients. Slice the strawberries.



Picture of the lettuce topped with strawberry slices.

Put the sliced strawberries on top of the spring mix.



Picture of sliced almonds added on top of the strawberries.

Add the sliced or slivered almonds.



Picture after drizzling the balsamic vinaigrette.

Drizzle the balsamic vinaigrette over the top.



Photo of the French friend onions sprinkled across.

Optionally you can sprinkle French fried onions or small croutons on top.



Picture of the completed salad.

Serve and enjoy!


What can I serve this strawberry salad alongside?

If you can serve mashed potatoes with it then you can also serve this salad! It can go with almost any dish that is considered a standard American dinner, such as:


  • Lasagna

  • Sloppy Joes

  • Pot Roast

  • Stew

  • Pulled BBQ Sandwiches

  • Vegan Chili

  • Pizza

  • Etc.


Storage.

You can make the balsamic vinaigrette a day or two in advance. You can also put together the spring mix topped with the strawberries and almonds the day before, but be sure it's packaged in an airtight container. Do not add the dressing and the French fried onions or croutons until immediately before.


It also packs well for lunch as long as you have the dressing packed separately. You can omit the French fried onions or croutons for simplicity, or pack them with the lettuce, strawberries, and almonds and just know they will be a little soggy.

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