Spring Salad with Strawberry Lemon Basil Dressing

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As May approaches and spring is in full force, I’m finding excuses to walk everywhere, lugging my camera in tote. I have a blister and sore right shoulder to prove it! Tulips, daffodils, and cherry blossoms are in bloom, tiny green leaves sprout, I’m sneezing like crazy, and our car is a lovely shade of bird poop.

Here are a few of my favourite shots that I took over the past week.

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In addition to going on lots of walks, salads also returned to my life after a somewhat rocky and distant relationship over the winter. All I can say is thank goodness for Green Monsters or my body might not have seen a leafy green from November ‘til March!

I’m finally craving things that look as pretty as it is outside.

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This dressing is inspired by my Strawberry Cherry Basil Smoothie, after falling in love with the flavour combination last year. Into the processor went fresh strawberries and basil, along with fresh lemon juice, a touch of olive oil, pure maple syrup, fine grain sea salt, & black pepper. It’s healthy and light, yet creamy and indulgent tasting. Definitely my new go-to dressing!

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I just spooned it into my mouth over and over while I questioned if making a salad was even necessary. Luckily, the salad took only a few minutes to throw together and I was rewarded with one of my favourite dishes of the season. I can’t think of a better way to welcome May, other than perhaps being surprised with a car wash…

Spring Salad with Strawberry Lemon Basil Dressing

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for the dressing (yield: 2/3 cup):

  • 1 cup fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh basil
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 tsp pure maple syrup, to taste
  • fine grain sea salt & black pepper, to taste (I used 1/4 tsp each)

 

for the salad:

  • Slivered almonds, toasted
  • shredded unsweetened coconut, toasted
  • mixed greens
  • strawberries, chopped
  • chiffonade fresh basil

 

1. Preheat the oven to 300F. Toast the almonds for about 7-8 minutes and then remove and add the coconut. Toast another 2-4 minutes, or until lightly golden, watching closely so the coconut doesn’t burn.

2. In a food processor, add the strawberries, basil, lemon juice, and oil. Process until smooth. Add in the salt, pepper, and maple syrup to taste and process again.

3. Assemble the salad as desired. Leftover dressing should keep for at least a few days in a sealed container.

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Congrats again to Jenny B. for winning the cookbook giveaway!

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Katie April 30, 2012

That looks amazing! Need to incorporate more strawberries in my life =)

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Hanne April 30, 2012

yey! looove new dressing ideas- plain old french vinaigrette is getting old ;-)

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Ileana April 30, 2012

This salad looks great! Loving the new banner, too.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 30, 2012

Thank you! I’m still on the fence with the banner…but maybe it will grow on me. :)

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Shay April 30, 2012

Keep it! Keep it! It’s so gorgeous!

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Ileana April 30, 2012

Yes!

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Jasper {crunchylittlebites} April 30, 2012

it’s really awesome Angela! I have been excited about it since Friday and it exceeds expectation :) though I like them all!

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Suzie April 30, 2012

Yum, this looks delicious! Definitely be giving this dressing a go, thanks for sharing!

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Tracy April 30, 2012

Can’t wait to try the dressing, sounds soo yummy. Dressing makes the salad for me- if it isn’t good I have a hard time eating it.

Bird poop is always such a lovely shade this time of year, so is pollen, lol.

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh April 30, 2012

I can’t get over those fuzzy goose butts!! Soooo cute!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 30, 2012

Don’t they just make your heart melt? I wish I could snuggle a handful of them.

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Jill April 30, 2012

Wow. This looks like the perfect spring salad! Yummmm!

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape April 30, 2012

That dressing is so unique, but it sounds fantastic!!

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Catalina @ Cake with Love April 30, 2012

OMG Angela your header is worth a 1000 words, it is so cute and it represents your personality and blog so much! I love it, by the way great salad too, so refreshing and summery!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 30, 2012

Thanks Catalina! It was quite the process making it. I’m still not sure if I like it enough to keep it, but I’ll have to see if it grows on me!

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Amanda April 30, 2012

Looks like this will be my dinner this evening! Yummm!

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Shay April 30, 2012

LOVE the header. Also, your photos are breathtaking! What kind of camera do you use?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 30, 2012

Thank you Shay. My camera info is located on my FAQ page at the top of the blog.

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Laura @ She Eats Well April 30, 2012

This salad screams SPRING/SUMMER! And I can nearly taste the strawberries. Thanks for the beautiful inspiration.

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Stephanie April 30, 2012

That dressing sounds absolutely delicious! Anything with strawberries AND basil sounds like a match made in heaven to me! I will have to give it a try on my next salad.

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Averie @ Averie Cooks April 30, 2012

Great looking salad and dressing idea. Love using strawberries in salads. Such an unexpected little pop!

And what great nature and animal shots. I swear that squirrel is just posing for you…love it :)

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Bjorg April 30, 2012

Beautiful pictures!
Love the weather now, just perfect!

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ella @ lifeologia April 30, 2012

Beautiful new banner Miss Angela!
Loving the spring salad and the little sweet nature shots ~ makes me want to go out for a walk right now! xo

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Kit-Kat April 30, 2012

Strawberries and salad are a great spring combo! I would think that kiwis might be a good add-in as well. I love strawberries and kiwis together! :-)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 30, 2012

that’s a great idea :)

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Michaela@pilgrimageofhealth April 30, 2012

Beautiful photography! But I think the dressing might be the prettiest, most decadent part of today’s post!

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Ashley April 30, 2012

Aw, love the photo of the three little ducklings!!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 30, 2012

This salad sounds so refreshing! I love making strawberry purees, but I tend to use them as pancake syrups. How nice to have a salad with the lemon!

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ali janine @ This Ninja Eats Broccoli April 30, 2012

Love the new banner! Much better than the one with all the snow, but that’s just because I dislike winter so much ;)

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Alex @ Raw Recovery April 30, 2012

I love fruity salad dressings.

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Jo April 30, 2012

I can’t wait to try this salad!! Your new banner is GREAT and this vegetarian is excited for your new cookbook!!

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Keri April 30, 2012

Yum! Is it possible to have a nutritionally complete dinner made of fruit?

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Carrie April 30, 2012

That salad looks right up my alley!!

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Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers April 30, 2012

Thanks so much for the recipe! I’ve never made my own dressing, but this seems like a great way to start.

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Deirdre @ ladies holiday April 30, 2012

Does that squirrel have a big nose/snout or is it just the angle? Salad looks delightful!

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Tara April 30, 2012

I love your new header!! These photos are so beautiful! Especially the salad!

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Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables April 30, 2012

This dressing looks so delicious, I’m already imagining it on a salad with some salmon!

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Andrea @ Vegvacious April 30, 2012

I’m loving your new header! It’s kinda perfect with all the fresh produce that’s arrived so early this year. The pics of those geese babies (are they chicks?!) are sweet. We’ve been seeing lots around our place lately too — ’tis the season!

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Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit April 30, 2012

Yum, looks delicious! I’m a sucker for anything strawberry. Great shots of the outdoors. It’s so beautiful there in Ontario. Alberta has its moments, but we haven’t yet mastered greens. Everything is always brown around here.
Like the header, too!

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kaila @ healthyhelper April 30, 2012

That pic of the ducklings is SO precious!! I love baby animals!

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Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning April 30, 2012

Wow- I don’t know what’s more beautiful- the photos of the scenery or the salad itself! I always make my own salad dressing (and it’s never the same twice!). I have a formula of throwing some kind of fruit, nut, almond milk and vinegar and whatever herbs into the VItamix and hoping something good comes out of it (and it always does!).

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katie@ KatieDid April 30, 2012

Yes I made a strawberry basil pesto last year and it was the same flavor profile and I remember it being just incredible. This reminds me of that… I’m in a rut with dressings too lately. Gonna need to whip one together so I can keep getting my greens in.

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Carrie @shrinkingcarrie April 30, 2012

This salad looks beautiful, and I can’t wait to try it!

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Ziwase April 30, 2012

Am just so amazed at your creativity.

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Kate April 30, 2012

So appreciate on-going healthy suggestions and pretty pics. Thanks for inspiring! What a beautiful thing to offer the world!

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Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles April 30, 2012

I love unexpected fruity salad dressing combinations! I have such a sweet tooth that sometimes savory oil and vinegar just won’t suffice! =)

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jj April 30, 2012

sounds great! do you think i could sub agave nectar for the syrup?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 30, 2012

I cant see why not!

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Sharon @ Bit of the Good Stuff April 30, 2012

Your shots of Spring are beautiful and the salad is stunning! Our April has been very cold, with non stop rainfall :( I’m so glad to see that Spring has arrived somewhere in the world!

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