Charming Goat Cheese and Strawberry Salad
This delicious salad is made with two kinds of lettuce – Boston and frisée – as well as juicy summer strawberries. Goat’s cheese introduces a lovely creamy flavor to the salad and it is dressed very simply with extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The balsamic vinegar has a fantastic sweetness which complements the strawberries perfectly. You do not need much though. With vinegar, a little usually goes a long way. The salad is finished off with a mint leaf, although you can easily substitute basil if you have no fresh mint.
This is a really charming salad because it is obviously homemade. Although you can purchase all kinds of prepackaged salads these days, one glimpse of this one will show it was made lovingly by hand, and not in some anonymous factory. Making salad is quick and easy, especially when there is no cooking involved, and if you compare the price of fresh ingredients for making a salad with the cost of buying a readymade one, you will be surprised.
Why pay triple the price for something which was assembled days ago and then vacuum-packed? Freshly made salads are always far better, and they work out cheaper too. You can make this easy goat cheese salad recipe in ten minutes or so.
- 2 cups Boston lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
- 2 cups Frisée lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
- 15 quartered strawberries
- 10 basil leaves, cut into ribbons
- Extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, as needed
- ⅓ cup crumbled or sliced goat's cheese
- 4 large fresh mint leaves, for garnish
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Put the Boston lettuce and frisée in a salad bowl with the basil and toss well.
- Drizzle some extra-virgin olive oil on the leaves and toss again.
- Add a little balsamic vinegar.
- You do not need much - try ½ a capful to begin. You can always add more.
- Toss the salad and add salt and black pepper to taste.
- Add all but 4 of the strawberries and toss one more time.
- Divide between 4 plates and top with the goat's cheese.
- Decorate each one with a fresh mint leaf and strawberry on top.
This salad has so much versatility; it makes a great appetizer, entrée, lunch or dinner. You can use any kind of lettuce or even spinach as the base, and you can see how simple it is to prepare. Featuring lettuce, herbs, goat’s cheese and strawberries, as well as a little extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, this is incredibly easy to throw together. It offers everything though – savory flavors, sweetness, creaminess – you name it, it’s there. Sometimes with basic salads it feels like there is ‘something missing’, perhaps a texture of flavor, but this salad has an eclectic ingredient blend, so you will feel like you are eating something wonderful. Besides all that, it is healthy too!
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