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Southern Strawberry Salad

Yields454 ServingsPrep Time15 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time30 mins

One of the best strawberry salad that you can create and easy to prepare recipe.

 ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
 2 tbsp whole-grain mustard
 1 tsp sugar
 1 tsp kosher or sea salt
 Freshly ground pepper
 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
  cup sweetened dried cranberries
 8 cups lightly packed fresh baby spinach leaves, stemmed if needed
 2 firm but ripe Bosc pears (do not peel), quartered lengthwise, cored, and cut into long, thin slices
  cup hazelnuts, toasted (see Cook's Notes) and chopped

To make the dressing, in a small jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the olive oil, vinegar, mustard, sugar, salt, and pepper to taste. Cover tightly and shake vigorously to blend. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Set aside.


Place the onions in a medium bowl and cover with cold water. Let stand for 30 minutes. This crisps the onion and takes away the raw onion taste. Drain well and pat dry on paper towels.


In a small bowl, toss the cranberries with 2 tablespoons of the dressing to soften them. Set aside for at least 20 minutes or until ready to serve the salad.


To assemble the salad, place the spinach, onions, and pears in a large bowl. Give the remaining dressing a last-minute shake and pour over the salad. Toss to coat evenly. Arrange the salad in a large serving bowl or divide it evenly among 8 salad plates. Scatter the cranberries and hazelnuts over the top(s). Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 4

Servings 454

Amount Per Serving
Calories 454Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 454g699%

Saturated Fat 5454g27270%
Trans Fat 54g
Cholesterol 454mg152%
Sodium 54454mg2269%
Potassium 454mg13%
Total Carbohydrate 4g2%

Dietary Fiber 12g48%
Sugars 1g
Protein 12g24%

Vitamin A 2%
Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 21%
Iron 2%
Vitamin D 1%
Vitamin E 121%
Vitamin K 12%
Thiamin 121%
Riboflavin 2%

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.