Thursday, April 14, 2016

Strawberry Salad + a fun Graduation/Birthday gift idea.

I'm not sure if it's because I LOVED Strawberry Shortcake dolls when I was little....or if it's the fact that strawberries are literally one of the ONLY fresh fruit I can eat without going into anaphylactic shock - - but I LOVE EVERYTHING strawberry related. 

Hence - - why you are getting YET ANOTHER strawberry recipe from me today. {Locals: They're on sale at Sprouts this week for only 88 cents.}

I.  Love.  Strawberries.

This salad was a HUGE hit at our teacher's luncheon last month.  Thank you Kim for passing it along to me...and my blog readers!

Romain lettuce hearts
Feta cheese
Layer the salad ingredients in this order: lettuce, strawberries, Feta, nuts.  There are no measurements for the salad ingredients. It's to taste or how much of an ingredient you have.  I usually do 2-3 Romain hearts, 2-3 quarts of strawberries, 1/2 to 1 cup of Feta and 1/2 to 1 cup nuts. It tastes just as great without the nuts. I often times will omit the nuts when my nieces and nephews who have nut allergies come over. 
3/4 cup of sugar
1 cup of oil (I usually use vegetable, but have used olive many times and it's just as yummy)
1/3 cup of red wine vinegar 
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons dried diced onions
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
Vigorously shake until dressing ingredients are combined. Top salad and toss with approximately 1/2 of the dressing. I can usually get two salads for every one batch of dressing. Put dressing on right before serving because once the dressing is on, the salad does not last very long. 

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P.S. How adorable is this money bouquet that my mom made my niece for her birthday? It would be SO fun to give to someone as a graduation present, too!

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