Strawberry Arugula Summer Salad - Summer being the key word here. Fresh and sweet strawberries and blueberries, slightly bitter and peppery flavor of arugula, sour lemon and flowery fragrant lavender - not much else that screams Summer salad like this one.
Summer is upon us, and that often means fresh veggies and a ton of fruit and berries. Adding fruit to a salad seemed a little weird to me at first, but I have grown to absolutely love it. Now I almost crave it in any kind of salad. The sweetness really balances the flavors so well. It also adds interest to a boring salad. Your salads will never be boring again!
The Strawberry Season
I've seen a lot of blog posts and recipes that have strawberries in them for a long time now. But it's only recently that Norwegian strawberries have arrived at the stores and strawberry stands around town. Maybe strawberries have been in season for a long time where you are, but to me, they are fairly new in season.
I have so many ideas for strawberry related recipes, but I never get to that point as I eat the fresh strawberries as they are! I am truly a berryholic. My mom always said this (well, she still says it). I could eat a pound of berries - noo problem. Whenever I'm hiking and I find blueberries. Well, see you later, I'll just sit here in the blueberry bushes.
Strawberry Arugula Summer Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette and Lavender
So the fact that I am willing to sacrifice my strawberries and blueberries to put into a savory salad, should be enough proof that it is absolutely delicious. You also need to roast some pine nuts, this really complements the dish so well. I always love some crunch, let it be nuts or croutons or even tortilla chips.
When I researched what calls for a good salad, I read this blog post. And as it turned out, my Strawberry Arugula Summer Salad did have all the elements, which is probably why this salad is working and is so tasty.
The 5 elements of this salad
- Greens: Arugula
- Sweetness: Strawberries, blueberries
- Crunchiness: Pine nuts, shallot onions
- Creaminess: No cheese, but delicious avocado
- Dressing: Lemon vinaigrette
It just emphasized that I did something right with this one... 🙂
And did you know that our bodies actually want a dressing with the veggies? The oil actually helps our bodies to use more of the nutrients in the greens and fruits. This made my day, as I have always thought that I shouldn't have dressing on all salads. I have officially changed my mind!
Jamie Oliver stated that you should have 1 part acid and 3 parts oil in a dressing. I can't say that's what I did. I am such a sucker for the acidic lemon that my dressing was more on the 1:1 or 1:2. So for this dressing when I used 2 tablespoon olive oil, I should have only had 1.5 teaspoon lemon juice, but it was more like 1 tablespoon (which is double).
He also stated that you should have the dressing more acidic and more salty than you think you need, as the salad needs it to balance things out. Soo, just add the lemon and don't worry too much about it. Add less if you want to follow the book.
This is weird, as I am usually the one that needs to follow everything by the book. I think this is delicious, but you can reduce the lemon to 1.5 teaspoon if you want to.
Protein or no protein?
This Strawberry Arugula Summer Salad is very light, so it might not have enough body for a meal. If you're not that hungry and just want to eat some fresh Summer veggies, then I think this is perfect. But if you want more of a full worthy dinner, then I suggest adding some chicken, bacon or some vegan/vegetarian options.
For dinner I added a chicken breast and 3 strips of bacon. The chicken is seasoned with rosemary, chili flakes, salt and pepper and - you guessed it - lemon. I think it complements the lemon vinaigrette. This is enough for 2, or 1 very hungry person.
Summer is all about being outside and enjoying the sunshine. So we don't really have time for being in the kitchen all day. This is a quick and easy dinner that celebrates the Summer ingredients. It could easily be transferred in a box to a picnic, a hike or on the beach.
Eat more salad, and have a great Summer everyone!
Did you like this recipe? Here are more salads you could try:
- Grilled Peach and Bacon Salad
- Healthy Pasta Salad with Zucchini and Tomatoes
- Grilled Halloumi and Quinoa Salad
- Tabbouleh with Quinoa
- Creamy Pasta Salad with Chorizo
- Mexican Chicken Salad with Avocado Sauce
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