i have been complaining about our awful winter here in minnesota for months. it truly seemed as though it would never end - but alas the end has come! hooray!
after a long cold winter there is nothing more glorious than strawberry season. i search for reasons to buy strawberries and this salad is one of my favorite strawberry applications.
this salad has everything - the sweet strawberries play very well with the acidic vinaigrette. the candied almonds provide the perfect crunch to make this salad one of my favorites. it is simple and quick and utterly wonderful.
i have been experimenting with balsamic vinaigrette for awhile and couldn't quite get it right for my taste, but i am happy to say i finally have the perfect recipe. the two keys are a bit of white wine vinegar and brown sugar. i hope you enjoy!mixed greens salad with strawberries and candied almonds
strawberries - hulled and halved
1/2 cup slivered almonds
2 tbs sugar
balsamic vinaigrette (recipe follows)
add the almonds and sugar to a saute pan. heat on low until sugar starts to melt and almonds become toasted. do not rush this - it turns the corner quickly. cool completely on wax paper.
toss the greens and strawberries with the balsamic vinaigrette. top with candied almonds. balsamic vinaigrette
1/4 c balsamic vinegar
2 tbs white wine vinegar
1 tbs light brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 garlic clove - made into paste on microplane
2/3 cup olive oil
combine balsamic vinegar, white wine vinegar, brown sugar, salt, pepper and garlic in a bowl. slowly whisk in olive oil.
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