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strawberry basil salad.

pretty strawberries salad spinach vegan vegetarian tofu baslamic basil

I swear, salads get a bad rap. As a diet, boring, tasteless side dish. But in reality, salads need to be front and center! Savor the gorgeous colors, textures, and fresh flavors of summer in a tasty yet light way that keeps you full and cool despite the heat.

In this salad, I wanted to the veggies and berries to take center stage so I kept the dressing simple. No time to make your own dressing? Not a problem, there are some great bottled vegan balsamic and poppy-seed dressings out there. Take the time to enjoy the tart strawberries, delicate spinach and earthy fresh basil – it’s really a great blend of texture and flavor.

What is your favorite summer salad??

Ingredients:

dressing-  makes approximation 1 cup
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2/3 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon agave
salt and pepper to taste

salad-
3 cups organic spinach
2/3 cup strawberries- thinly sliced
2 tablespoons basil – chiffonade  or ribbon cut
1/4 cup tofu feta – optional

Method:

layer spinach and strawberries onto plate, drizzle with 1-2 tablespoons dressing, top with tofu feta and basil.

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June 7, 2012 - 7:06 pm

Nicole - This might be the most delicious thing I have every laid eyes on. I could get lost in your blog for hours.

June 7, 2012 - 7:34 pm

Amanda - Ahhhh, Nicole that is so sweet! Thank you so much for stopping by =)

June 7, 2012 - 8:39 pm

Laural Out Loud - I went to an educational dinner put on by the California Strawberry Council last year, and discovered just how amazing strawberries are in savory dishes. LOVE this salad idea!

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