Strawberry salad recipes have evolved since the days of Jello moulds and sour-cream-based potluck dishes. Today a quick internet search yields millions of ways to create healthier recipes using fresh strawberries, fresh vegetables and proteins such as beans or grains.
Finding and creating wild strawberry salad recipes has been on my radar for a few years. Living in Canada's Northwest Territories, I'm constantly amazed at the wild edibles available for northern foraging. I was surprised to discover wild strawberries growing in our area. They're smaller than commercially grown berries, and tastier. And they're a good addition to salads when you're trying to get kids to eat more fresh veggies.
This year we're trying our hand at growing strawberries in planters. Last year I noticed several people successfully growing them in town. As we live at about 62 degrees north, we get close to 20 hours of daylight through the summer. That means we have a short-term crazy growing season. So it will take a bit of experimenting to see if we can do it successfully. And it will be a great homeschooling and homesteading project for my littles!
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Wild strawberry salad recipes make a light and healthy lunch or side dish. For the main course, slice up cooked turkey or chicken breasts. I've also added cooked navy beans or lentils. For a nice soup and salad meal, try this recipe with a bowl of Turmeric Lentil Soup.
Salad Dressings for Your Strawberry Salad Recipes
Your choice of salad dressing can make a big flavour difference in your strawberry salad recipe. Try something like
- creamy cucumber
- poppy seed
- balsamic vinaigrette
- apple cider vinegar
Or just make your own raspberry vinaigrette salad dressing. And try a few different berries or nuts. Although I used fresh raspberries in for this salad, I've also used fresh blueberries. Sometimes I'll throw on a few slivered almonds or sunflower seeds as well. Here's the first of your strawberry salad recipes!
- 2 cups mixed salad greens
- 1 head romaine lettuce
- ½ red pepper, diced
- ½ yellow pepper, diced
- ½ orange pepper, diced
- 1 medium cucumber, not peeled
- 1 carrot
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- ½ cup raspberries
- ½ mango, diced
- Wash mixed salad greens and romaine lettuce.
- Add remaining ingredients.
- Toss gently.
- Add dressing of choice.
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