Strawberry Spring Salad

A week ago I was running with ear warmers, gloves & my fleece-lined lululemon pants (i.e. the best piece of running gear I’ve ever purchased. Hands down.). This morning, Kate & I headed out at 6 am in shorts & tees, taking pictures like this:

Cherry Blossoms Jefferson 1

Swoon.

Spring has arrived! This means a lot of things – my favorite season is finally here, for one – and the grocery store shelves are reflecting the shift. Thanks to our CSA last year, I know all too well that strawberries must be purchased in season or not at all. Once you taste them fresh off the vine, first thing in the morning at the office, you’ll never go back.

Before this week’s 90* days hit, I hoped I could passive aggressively force spring into action by taking advantage of a fruit sale at TJ’s. On sale? Organic? In April?! PLEASE TASTE GOOD & bring warm weather with you.

Spring strawberry salad 1

If you bring a tasty salad to the menu, too, that’d be great.

Strawberry Spring Salad
Makes 2 servings

5 medium strawberries, sliced & chopped
1 yellow pepper, chopped
1/2 cucumber, halved & sliced
1/2 avocado, chopped
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
Salt/pepper to taste
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp balsamic vinaigrette
2-4 cups organic mixed greens
Optional: chickpeas (or lean protein of choice ), squeeze of fresh lemon juice

Grab a fork, sit on a deck/porch, in a park or right near a window as the sun shines in, and enjoy!

8 Comments

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8 Responses to Strawberry Spring Salad

  1. Yummy, I’ve a couple strawberry salad this week with avocado. Totally makes it feel like spring!

  2. I love putting fruit on my salads! Especially strawberries and apples! There are unlimited combinations to make a yummy salad that is also healthy and tasty! My favorite is spinach salad with apples, goat cheese, walnuts, tomatoes and cucumbers!

  3. oh i’ve missed you! update me soon, k? and thanks for the spring salad! love the berries.

  4. Mamacita

    I am making a spinach/strawberry salad tonight but definitely want to try your recipe next week. I heart spring/summer with all the delicious fruits and vegetables. Have a fun weekend!

    Love, Mamacita

  5. I was at the Tidal Basin on Wednesday – great picture! I wish I’d known about that sale at TJs. I need to get on their mailing list.

  6. Swoon is right. Your pictures have been absolutely stunning.

    Nationals game looked like fun too – but GO braves!

  7. Great Recipe! As a salad lover I can say this is absolutely awesome . Certainly looking forward to try this.

  8. Wow. This dish is great because I love salad and I like the taste of strawberries. When I first see the pictures, I thought the red ones are tomatoes. Then I realized it was a strawberry slices when I read the post. Is there an alternative ingredient for balsamic vinaigrette just in case it is not available? Thanks.

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