Sunday, April 27, 2014

Broccoli Strawberry Salad with Goat Cheese and Almonds

One of the highlights of spring for me is the Dane County Farmers' market moving back outside onto Capital Square after spending the winter indoors. I feel fortunate to live somewhere that has a year-round farmers' market, especially up here in the great white north, but I love it so much more when I get to buy my produce in the fresh air of the early morning. Dominated now by root vegetables and greens, the offerings are relatively modest right now, but as the farmers' market bounty grows, so will my consumption of salads like this one. Spinach and onions are available now, but soon berries and crucifers will join them, this salad getting increasingly delicious as the season progresses.

This salad follows my general template for main-course salads - greens + onion + veggie + fresh or dried fruit + nuts + cheese. It's not a revolutionary formula, but I use it so often because it works. The spinach is fresh and crunchy, red onion provides astringency, and the roasted broccoli is tender and smoky, creating a delicious veggie base for the all finishing touches. The sweetness of the strawberries pops against these ingredients, especially with the addition of rich and toasty almonds and creamy, tangy goat cheese. Balsamic vinaigrette is an especially good choice for this salad, the extra acidity another nice contrast, but a honey mustard dressing is great as well. I eat plenty of salads all year long, but when the grass is green and the sun is warm, they taste all the more delicious.

Broccoli Strawberry Salad with Goat Cheese and Almonds
serves 1

2 ounces baby spinach or lettuce, washed (about 2 cups)
1/2 ounce thinly sliced red onion
2 ounces roasted or grilled broccoli (about 1/4 cup)
1 ounce quartered or sliced strawberries (about 2 tablespoons or 3 to 4 small to medium or 2 large strawberries)
2 tablespoons chopped toasted almonds
2 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese
Salad dressing, for serving

1. Divide spinach evenly between two plates and top each with red onion, broccoli, strawberries, almonds, and goat cheese. Drizzle with dressing of choice and enjoy!

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