Savory Kiwi Strawberry Salad Recipe
Although this salad contains fruit, it is actually a savory dressing rather than something you would serve with ice cream. As well as the juicy strawberries and kiwis, this salad features a raspberry dressing and shredded greens. It is up to you which greens you go for. What about healthy spinach or crisp iceberg? You can try romaine or butter lettuce if you like. Just use your favorite, because any kind of raw greens work well with the fruity flavors.
Serve this as an unusual appetizer (it will serve eight people as an appetizer) or make it as an entrée. The sweetness of the fruit contrasts well with the savory greens and crunchy almonds. Swap the almonds for pecans or even walnuts if you like. The nuts add crunch and you can toast them yourself in a dry skillet (keep the skillet moving so they do not burn) or on a dry tray in the oven for a few minutes. This releases their aromas and turns them an attractive golden brown.
The acidity of the raspberry vinegar also counteracts the sweet flavor, but you can use wine vinegar if you do not have raspberry vinegar. Raspberry vinegar is always nice drizzled over strawberry salad recipes, but it is not an essential ingredient; you can get by without it.
- 4 cups mixed shredded greens (perhaps romaine, spinach and iceberg)
- 8 medium or 12 large strawberries
- 2 peeled, sliced kiwis
- 8 maraschino cherries
- ½ cup toasted almond slivers
- Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish
- ⅓ cup canola or vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons raspberry jam
- 2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
- Whisk the jam and vinegar with the oil, to make the dressing.
- Slice some of the strawberries and quarter the rest.
- Divide the greens and sliced strawberries between 4 chilled plates.
- Top with the kiwi and cherries, then add the quartered strawberries.
- Drizzle over the dressing.
- Scatter the almond slivers on top.
- Garnish with fresh mint sprigs.
What do you make when you should be eating a light salad but you cannot resist the allure of something sweet? The answer is right in front of you. Look at this picture – yummy! In addition to the healthy pile of salad greens you can see strawberries, kiwi and even cherries peeking out under the slivered almond topping. This recipe serves four so halve it if you are only feeding a couple of people. We all know it is important to get our ‘five-a-day’ ration of fruit and vegetables, and this recipe will help with that. Taste this and you will know that eating healthy does not need to be a chore. Instead it can be a pleasure.
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