I am loving berry season right now. I haven’t been without strawberries, raspberries and blueberries the entire time we’ve lived in this apartment. Now, I know it’s only been about two weeks, but it’s still something to be excited about! I am a berry fanatic. I’m fine eating them on their own, but I’ve been looking for more uses for them..I made blueberry muffins, and next I’ll probably do some strawberry muffins. I’m sure blueberry/raspberry/strawberry pancakes will be made at some point. If only I had a waffle iron. But these are all sweet things. I need savory sometimes, too. Enter in this salad.
Nutty arugula, the more mild spinach, toasted walnuts, balsamic marinated strawberries..this salad is phenomenal. I was never that big of a fan of fruit on my salad. It sort of weirded me out. But I’m totally a fan now. Let’s all put more berries on our salads.
1/2 cup walnuts
Toast the walnuts on a baking sheet for about 8 minutes at 350ºF. Marinate the strawberries in 1 T of the balsamic vinegar for 5-10 minutes. Mix together the olive oil, other T of balsamic, salt & pepper in a small bowl. Sit aside. In a large bowl, toss together the spinach, arugula, walnuts, dressing & strawberries. Serve and enjoy!