Strawberry Orange Walnut Salad

For Nate and me, dinner is a low-key, throw-stuff-together affair, mainly because we’ve already had our main meal at lunchtime and because we’ve just put the kids down to bed after a long day. Strawberries are just coming into season in northwest Spain, and I love what they bring to a thrown-together dinner. These days, I’ve been making this easy salad for myself – Nate won’t touch walnuts – almost every day, and then scarfing it down while Nate and I sit down and watch soccer (is it ever not on here??). The flavors complement each other well, and I can feel proud that I ended the day on a healthy note, instead of just eating crackers for an hour because I’m too tired to make something. Special thanks go to Tricia Volling, who introduced us to her honey-vinaigrette dressing when she visited us a couple months ago!

Strawberry Orange Walnut Salad - The Sweet Road

Strawberry Orange Walnut Salad
Serves 1

For the salad, toss together:
– 4 leaves green-leaf lettuce, rinsed, patted dry with paper towels, and torn into bite-sized pieces
– 4 – 5 strawberries, rinsed, hulled, and sliced
– 1 mandarin orange, peeled and diced
– Handful of walnut or pecan halves, coarsely chopped

For the honey vinaigrette, whisk together:
– 3 parts extra-virgin olive oil (for example, 6 oz.)
– 1 part vinegar or balsamic vinegar (for example, 2 oz.)
– 1 part honey (for example, 2 oz.)
– 1 garlic clove, minced or pressed through a garlic press

We like to make a lot of vinaigrette at one time – the amounts you see in the above parentheses – and store it on the counter for a few weeks.

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  • Pattie Burns

    Your salad looks so pretty! I love that you mentioned Tricia’s Honey Vinaigrette b/c we’ve made it since Mia was a baby! Tricia brought over a meal after she was born and we have used that recipe ever since…it’s the only dressing we use anymore and EVERYONE who eats it wants it written down. Many a guest in our home gobble down a healthy salad and walk out with a recipe card. The funny thing though is that my recipe is quite different…I have what she originally wrote down I think, but I’ve adjusted the amounts a bit(mine also includes salt). Anyways…looks delicious! Love, Pattie

  • Faith

    Pattie – share your recipe, please!! I’d love to see it. Tricia was visiting us and then when she got back to Scotland they wouldn’t let her back in and she had to go back to the US. So for all of us, we look back at her visit here with bittersweet memories. Love you!