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Strawberry Almond Salad with Wild Violets

and blue cheese and a fresh strawberry almond vinaigrette

Strawberry Almond Wild Violet Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #salad #recipe

I dreamt of this salad weeks before I actually made it. I wanted to make a strawberry almond salad with sweet spiced almonds and an almond dressing … I searched and searched for almond butter to make the dressing and when I finally found it and brought it home, I wasn’t sure how to make it. I couldn’t decide whether I wanted a creamy dressing or a vinaigrette … and so the almond butter got stuck in a drawer as I pondered how to make this dressing. The more I thought of it, the more unsure I became of myself … until I was almost afraid to attempt making the dressing. Do you ever do that to yourself?

Strawberry Almond Wild Violet Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #salad #recipe

Finally I had to have a talk with myself. I mean, seriously, how many dressings have I made? Geez, I can totally DO this!

And so I told myself that I CAN … and I just started making it … and once I started, I was okay. I was in my element. I was creating.

And I really, really, really, totally love how it turned out! It’s got such a totally FRESH strawberry taste. It is sooo wonderful with the sugar & spice almond slices and the fresh berries … with a little blue cheese to counterpoint all those sweet flavors and the greens underneath. The violets just add to the show. It’s quite all right to skip the flowers altogether. I added them because they were popping up all over my lawn, like they were screaming to me to pick them just to beautify my salad.

Strawberry Almond Salad with Wild Violets & Blue Cheese

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Strawberry Almond Salad with Wild Violets & Blue Cheese

Ingredients

    For the vinaigrette:
  • 1/4 cup fruity vinegar (apple, strawberry, pomegranate, or just plain white in a pinch)
  • About 6 medium strawberries
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons almond butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon sugar (or sugar that fell from the sugar & spice almond slices)
  • For the salad:
  • Mixed greens
  • Sliced fresh strawberries
  • Sugar & Spice Almond Slices (recipe here)
  • Blue cheese crumbles (or goat cheese, if you prefer)
  • Wild violet flowers (or other edible flowers like pansies ... just for show)

Instructions

  1. In a handi chopper or food processor, blend up the vinegar, strawberries, honey, almond butter, vanilla extract, and cinnamon sugar until the strawberries are pureed and everything is well mixed. Set aside the dressing to allow the flavors to meld.
  2. Now, prep the salads: Fill your salad plates or bowls with mixed greens, then tuck in a bunch of fresh sliced strawberries and sprinkle with almond slices and blue cheese crumbles.
  3. Drizzle with the pretty pink dressing and then tuck in a few wild violet flowers, if you have them.
  4. Enjoy!

Notes

Please take care in using wild flowers from your lawn ... if you use chemicals on your lawn, I'd advice against eating them.

RECIPE SOURCE: http://www.sumptuousspoonfuls.com/

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Strawberry Almond Wild Violet Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #salad #recipe

This recipe was shared at Show & Share WednesdayTasty Thursday,  Thursday’s TreasuresMop it Up MondayKeep Calm & Cook On – Strawberries and Marvelous Mondays.

 

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7 Responses

  1. is not often a salad can melt me like this, but your pics make this look as delish as a triple layer chocolate cake, just gorgeous! its the vanilla that really makes this stand out… and your pics of course!

    May 23, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    • Ann

      Thank you … you are so sweet to say that! I do think when a salad is truly done right it is just as delicious as so many of the decadent desserts we crave. And the most awesome thing about the “salad dessert” is it makes your body feel good all over, instead of all yucky afterwards.

      May 23, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      • sheila stone

        That’s the most gorgeous piece of edibles I think I’ve ever seen…including fantastic wedding cakes I’ve seen in my day. Strawberries I can get. I guess I’ll have to grow some violets. I hope they’re fast bloomers!

        May 27, 2013 at 3:44 pm

        • Ann

          You can use other edible flowers to add the color … violets are fast bloomers, usually the first ones to appear in the spring, but pansies or johnny jump ups or even tulip petals will do! They are all edible. 🙂

          May 27, 2013 at 11:13 pm

  2. Wild Violets!? How unusual! I love this and the colors are beautiful!! Thanks for linking at Marvelous Mondays with us. Pinned to my Marvelous Mondays board.

    May 28, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    • Ann

      Yay! Thanks Paula.

      May 31, 2013 at 7:07 pm

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