Summer Strawberry and Goat Cheese Salad with a Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

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What says summer more them fresh strawberries and salads?? This Salad was featured in my most recent newsletter, and it is delish!

When the weather gets warmer it is only natural that we crave cooler foods to help cool us down, but it’s important that we resist the urge to go for those mega sized bucket o’ cola and the heavily doused sugar sweetened iced coffee beverages to cool us down and instead we look to what is abundant in nature this time of year!

If you have never ventured into adding fruit to your salads, you really should try it! 😀

We can turn a boring salad into an amazing main dish and fuel our bodies with really great nutrients and cool ourselves down all at the same time!

Here is what you will need for this yummy summer salad:

5 cups mixed greens (spinach and strawberries go well together!)
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 cup sliced cucumbers
4 ounces organic goat cheese, crumbled in small pieces
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, pecans or raw pumpkin seeds

Dressing:
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp organic raw honey
1 garlic clove minced
1/2  teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup cold pressed olive oil

Wash and chop lettuce, cucumbers and strawberries,  crumble your goat cheese and chop your nuts (if using walnuts or pecans) then toss all ingredients together in a large salad bowl.

Whisk all your dressing ingredients together in a “dressing shaker” or bowl, let your dressing chill in the fridge for at least 30 min. Dress salad just before serving and enjoy!

Serves 6

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