One thing I love most about strawberries, besides their sweet, juicy deliciousness, is their versatility. I love the fact that they can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. This strawberry salad is fantastic! I am all over the balsamic dijon dressing, the goat cheese, the pine nuts, the greens...and of course, the luscious strawberries.
I found this recipe in a terrific new cookbook titled, Strawberry Recipes for Everyday. It features California Strawberries. Don't get me wrong...I'm all over my local Oregon strawberries but... California, with all of it's beautiful sunny days, pumps out some mighty yummy berries as well.
I received two of these lovely cookbooks in my mailbox...One for review and one to share with one of you! Isn't that fun?!! You will love this cookbook. It's full of gorgeous photos and yummy strawberry recipes. There are breakfast recipes, appetizers and snacks, sweets, main courses, salads and beverages.
This cookbook is available in both print and E-book formats.
Chinois Strawberry and Goat Cheese Salad
slightly adapted from Strawberry Recipes for Everyday
1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp dijon mustard
1 tbs. garlic, chopped
1/2 tsp sugar
1 cup soybean oil
salt and pepper as needed
Fried Wonton Strips:
3 oz wonton skins
vegetable oil as needed
salt as needed
3 pounds spring mix or mesclun salad (I subbed baby arugula and baby spinach)
1 1/2 quarts fresh California strawberries, stemmed and sliced
3/4 cup toasted pine nuts
4.5 lbs fresh goat cheese, crumbled
To make Balsamic Vinaigrette:
In blender jar, purée vinegar, mustard, garlic and sugar. With motor running, slowly drizzle in oil until vinaigrette is thick and emulsified. Season with salt and pepper.
To make Fried Wonton Skins:
Cut wonton skins into 1/4-inch strips. Deep-fry in 350°F oil until crisp and golden. Drain on paper towels; sprinkle lightly with salt.
To assemble each salad:
Toss 4 cups spring mix, 1/2 cup strawberries, 1 tablespoon pine nuts and 3 ounces goat cheese with 1 1/2 tablespoons Balsamic Vinaigrette. Mound on salad plate; top with 1/4 cup Fried Wonton Strips.
Yield: 24 servings
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