Berry Love Salad Recipe

By QualityFood

  • 25minutes
  • 4 servings
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This salad is great for the warm weather months of spring and summer when you’re craving a light and fresh recipe. Fresh strawberries are the star of this chopped salad that is topped with a homemade sesame seed dressing and Candied Pecans.

  • 180g baby spinach
  • 1 red onion (small), halved and finely sliced
  • 375g ripe strawberries, sliced
  • 2 avocados, quartered and
  • 120g / 4oz feta, crumbled

Candied Pecans:

  • 1 tbsp (15g) butter, unsalted
  • 3 tbsp white sugar3 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 cup pecans, roughly chopped1 cup pecans, roughly chopped

Sesame seed Dressing:

  • 1 tbsp eschalots (French onion), very finely chopped1 tbsp eschalots (French onion), very finely chopped
  • 2.5 tbsp white wine vinegar2.5 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 5 tbsp olive oil5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1.5 tbsp mayonnaise1.5 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp white sugar1 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds 
  • 3/4 tsp salt3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper1/4 tsp black pepper

If you’d like to add protein, you could easily toss on some shredded chicken or pulled pork for a more filling meal. To add an extra burst of berry flavor I recommend drizzling raspberry vinaigrette on top. It’s a match made in heaven with this salad. Champagne vinaigrette and lemon vinaigrette would also be wonderful salad dressing options. 

    Step 1

    Place Dressing ingredients in a jar and shake well. Set aside for 10 minutes

    Step 2

    Candied Pecans: Place butter and sugar in a nonstick skillet over medium high. When butter is melted, add nuts. Stir 5 minutes - sugar will go sandy, then eventually melt into a caramel.

    Step 3

    Once sugar melts, cook for 2 minutes then spread pecans out on tray. Cool then break to separate.

    Step 4

    Assemble Salad: Place spinach and onion in a bowl, drizzle with about 3 tbsp dressing, toss.

    Step 5

    Transfer 1/3 spinach in a bowl. Scatter over 1/3 of each strawberry, avocado, feta, pecans. Drizzle with a bit of dressing.

    Step 6

    Top with another 1/3 spinach, strawberries, avocado, feta, pecans, then a bit more Dressing. Repeat once more.


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    Baby Spinach

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    Red Onion

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    Unsalted Butter