I am a foodie very much driven by cravings. I shutter to think what my poor husband to be will have to deal with if I am ever pregnant because I am sure this trait will only intensify. On nights like tonight where my cravings are varied and many, I take the opportunity to experiment with flavor combinations I have not tried before.
While the backdrop for tonight’s experiment is certainly not original (a salad), the flavor combinations were diverse and new to me. I decided to go with strawberries, avocado, caramelized onions, and steamed vegetables. I added some firm goat cheese, California Crottin, to be precise, but without it, the salad would still be rich and flavorful.
Spring Salad with Strawberries and Fresh Vegetables
- 1 small red onion, cut into 1/4 inch slices
- 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1.5 inch pieces
- 1 large handful of green beans, trimmed and cut into 1.5 inch pieces
- 1 handful of strawberries, stemmed and cut in half
- 1 avocado
- Mixed greens
- Salt and pepper to taste
- goat cheese for crumbling (optional)
- 1/2 shallot finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon red wine vinegar
Heat a medium saute pan with some olive oil on medium-low heat. Once the olive oil is hot, add the onion, and continue to saute until soft and golden brown. While onions are slow cooking, steam the asparagus pieces and green beans, until they are just under done. Rinse under cold water and put to the side. Whisk together vinaigrette ingredients at the bottom of a large salad bowl. Remove the caramelized onions from heat and add them to the vinaigrette mixture. Add steamed vegetables, strawberries, avocado, mixed greens and toss. Add goat cheese, and ample amounts of salt and pepper.
Shay and I were both amazed how well the different flavors came together. The white balsamic, with the sweet strawberries, rich caramelized onions, and tart goat cheese complemented each other beautifully. Shay had seconds and then I practically licked the bowl. Embarrassing, I know, but try it, you will too. Hope you enjoy this hodgepodge of ingredients as much as we did. Until next time, Happy Meatless Monday!