Strawberry Walnut Salad

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Strawberry Walnut Salad

Over the weekend we went to some friend’s house for dinner, I was asked to bring a salad.

My theory on why I was asked to bring a salad: A couple of months ago this same couple came to our house for dinner. I had made stuffed steaks, pasta, roasted asparagus and my favorite salad. One would think that the steaks, pasta or asparagus would have been the big hit of the night, not the salad for pete’s sake! After all, aren’t salads just the “obligatory” healthy part of the meal? You’d think so unless you made this salad!

When dinner was done no one wanted dessert, they wanted more salad! We went through two bags of lettuce that night for 4 adults. I think we all get an A+ for eating our greens that night! This is why I’m 100% sure that I was asked to bring a salad! 🙂

I was introduced to this salad when we lived in Georgia and had just had Little Finch. Our realtor who sold us our house over a year prior brought us a huge homemade dinner (talk about Southern Hospitality!) The salad was part of the menu.  Lover Boy and I “ate a mess out of it” as my southern counterparts would say. For some reason I never got my hands on the recipe until 21 months later when she sold our house again (the day before Laughing Coyote was born)! At our closing I was more excited about getting the recipe than the check for our house!

This salad is full of strawberries, walnuts, monterey cheese and the best salad dressing in the world. If you make this salad PLEASE make this dressing to go along with it. You will regret it if you don’t! (well not really, but I’m just sayin’)

Strawberry Walnut Salad - the best salad ever!

Enough blabbing…lets just make some!

Strawberry Walnut Salad - the best salad ever!
Chop up Green Leaf lettuce (or just use a bag of lettuce)
Strawberry Walnut Salad - the best salad ever!
Chop up 8-10 strawberries into thick slivers
Strawberry Walnut Salad - the best salad ever!
Place a handfull of lettuce and strawberries in bowl, layer with shredded monterey cheese
Strawberry Walnut Salad - the best salad ever!
Rough chop about 1c walnuts
Strawberry Walnut Salad - the best salad ever!
Toast on stove until golden brown *spray your pan first
Strawberry Walnut Salad - the best salad ever!
Sprinkle about 1/3c onto the salad and repeat the whole process over again starting with the lettuce

Strawberry Walnut Salad - the best salad ever!

Strawberry Walnut Salad - the best salad ever!
Serve it in your best china!

****DON’T FORGET TO DRIZZLE WITH THIS SALAD DRESSING THAT GOES WITH THE SALAD****

homemade salad dressing - Strawberry Walnut Salad - the best salad ever!

 

Next time you are invited to a dinner date and asked to bring something, skip on bringing the desserts, bring this salad! Your hosts will not be disappointed! Hope you guys enjoy this!

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17 Comments

  1. Rebecca Vander Hamm says:

    I was just trying to find a good strawberry salad and then I saw this! What a coincidence that you would post this on the same day that I was looking for this exact recipe! Thanks!!! I am going to make homemade wild rice soup and I am going to make this salad to go with it. YUM! Looking forward to trying the salad dressing ;).

  2. Rebecca Vander Hamm says:

    Ohhh….to add a little twist you could saute your walnuts in butter and sugar for a little added sweetness!

  3. This sounds like such a wonderful, light, refreshing, dish for spring and summer! I’ll definitely have to add it to my “must try” pile. Thanks for stopping by and visiting!

  4. i’m going to file this recipe! sounds yummy! i bet my girls would love it because it has strawberries in it-it’ll be great for summer.

  5. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    Looks delicious! I’m not usually a fan of fruit in salads, but I’m always willing to try. 🙂 Yours look beautiful!!

    Thanks for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party! (Can you please add a link back to me too?) Hope you’ll visit me at Serenity Now again soon. 🙂

  6. This looks soooo yummy! And I am definitely going to try that dressing – always looking for a good homemade dressing recipe! Thanks!

  7. Just made this salad. Had to use a store bought dressing. But the salad was amazing! Who knew toasted walnuts taste so great! Thank you. I’ll pull this recipe out on my next date night at home with my wife!

    1. Oh!! So glad you liked it!! I love the toasted walnuts as well! 🙂

  8. Do I put the dressing on when preparing the salad or just before serving?

  9. Do you refrigerate the dressing?

    1. Yes – keep it in the fridge. It stays good for about 1 week 🙂 enjoy!

  10. Marilyn Jewell Ens says:

    would love to make this dressing but cannot get to it. Page says not available. Does anyone have the recipe.

    1. 1/2c red wine vinegar
      1c vegetable oil
      2 cloves minced garlic
      3/4c sugar
      1/4tsp white pepper
      1/2tsp salt
      1/2tsp paprika
      Shake well!
      *Remember it’s true flavor is revealed after a day of sitting!

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