Strawberry Salad Recipe with Goat Cheese and Cranberries

I love strawberry salad–especially strawberry salad recipes that mix lettuce with fruit — and this one with romaine lettuce is among my favorites. The combination of dried cranberries and fresh strawberries is sweet as summer. The tangy goat cheese and the Dijon mustard give it more heft, while the toasted sunflower seeds add a little surprise.

Strawberry salad recipe with goat cheese, cranberries, and seeds
Photo by Travis Neighbor Ward

You could put this over mixed greens, but I prefer using romaine because it’s so crunchy. If you’re looking to add some nuts, sliced cashews or almonds would work well.

But the secret weapon is the strawberry balsamic dressing, which takes only a few minutes to whip up in a blender. A little of it goes a long way because it’s so thick. When I serve it, I drizzle just a bit on top of the main bowl, then let people add more dressing on their own plates.

Once the salad is dressed, it will be good for a day. After that it can get a little soggy. So if you want to keep it really crunchy, definitely don’t dress it until the last minute.

Strawberry salad recipe with goat cheese and cranberries
Photo by Travis Neighbor Ward

Here’s the strawberry salad recipe:

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: None

Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients

  • 5 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2 cups strawberries, sliced into quarters
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese, crumbled into small chunks
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, shelled, roasted and salted
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup Extra Virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

Strawberry Dressing:

Instructions

  1. Toss the lettuce, strawberries, cranberries, and goat cheese in a large bowl.
  2. Make the dressing by pulsing all of the ingredients in a blender until it’s a smooth, thick liquid.
  3. Drizzle the dressing over the salad.
  4. Top with sunflower seeds.

Adapted from a recipe by The Recipe Critic

Travis Neighbor Ward is an award-winning editor in chief, magazine and web writer, and a best-selling author of fiction and nonfiction. She has written extensively about interiors, lifestyle, travel, gardening, and health. To learn about blogging, publishing, and marketing for lifestyle and interiors go to her site The Decorated Way, www.decoratedway.com.

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