During the summer, I love making light, vibrant dishes that don’t weigh you down. My strawberry, arugula and feta salad celebrates the bounty of summer by combining sweet, fresh strawberries with peppery arugula, salty feta and crunchy toasted almonds. Paired with a delicious homemade balsamic vinaigrette, this dish is a balance of sweet, salty, tangy and fresh. This strawberry, arugula and feta salad is the perfect combination of summer flavors, and makes a great light main dish or side dish with some grilled chicken. Pour yourself an ice cold lemonade, and you’ve got a fantastic summer meal.
Strawberry, Arugula and Feta Salad
A summery, fresh salad bursting with sweetness.
- 5 cups baby arugula leaves
- 1 cup fresh strawberries sliced
- ¼ pound feta cheese cubed
- 1/3 cup sliced almonds toasted
- 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons agave nectar or honey
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1/3 cup extra virgin oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
To make the balsamic vinaigrette, combine the balsamic vinegar, agave (or honey), dijon, and a pinch of salt and pepper in a blender or food processor.
With the blender on, stream the olive oil in very slowly until the dressing is completely emulsified. Set aside.
In a large bowl, add your arugula.
Next, top the salad with the sliced strawberries, feta, and almonds.
Drizzle the salad with 2-4 tablespoons of the balsamic vinaigrette and toss lightly.
Reserve the rest of the vinaigrette for serving.