Strawberry Mint Salad with Lime Coconut Vinaigrette

Sometimes a salad can taste so refreshing in the summer.  It’s crisp and rehydrating and won’t weigh you down as long as you keep the dressing in line with the lightness of the leaves.  I particularly love to enjoy salads at this point in the year when the lettuce is powering out in the garden and the strawberries are just beginning to dress themselves in that sweet, deep red.  The two make a wonderful pair, with the strawberries adding a nice fruity touch to the typical acidity of salad vinaigrette.

For this salad, I added some fresh mint to the mix and a coconut lime vinaigrette for a bowl full of summery flavor.  Be sure to run the coconut oil under warm water to loosen it up, otherwise you’ll have a dressing that won’t come together when whisked.

Strawberry Mint Salad with Lime Coconut Vinaigrette

Yield: 2 salads

Ingredients

  • For the Salad:
  • -6-8 strawberries, sliced
  • -2 sprigs of mint, julienned/chopped
  • -Feta, crumbled, 2 handfuls
  • -5-6 cups of lettuce (A buttery variety or a baby romaine)
  • -Coconut Lime Vinaigrette (See recipe below)
  • Coconut Lime Vinaigrette
  • For the Vinaigrette:
  • -Juice of one lime
  • -1 1/2-2 Tbsp. virgin coconut oil, melted
  • -1/2 tsp. sugar
  • -Small pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Whisk vinaigrette ingredients together until well-combined. Toss salad materials in a large bowl, and then drizzle with vinaigrette.
http://foodfitnessfreshair.com/2011/06/08/strawberry-mint-salad-with-lime-coconut-vinaigrette/

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11 Comments

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    The Candid RD
    June 8, 2011 at 7:29 am

    I haven’t quite gotten into my annual salad-kick yet this summer, but I know it’s coming! I love this vinaigrette recipe, but too bad I can’t do coconut 🙁 I wouldn’t maybe use EVOO and blueberry balsamic vinegar. So delicious.

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    GroundCherry
    June 8, 2011 at 11:57 am

    I actually harvested all the lettuce from the garden yesterday, as we’re scheduled to have enough hot weather so I’m afraid it would turn bitter. Great idea– I’ve been eating blueberries in my favorite new salad (http://groundcherry.wordpress.com) — especially with the lime!

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    leaf (the indolent cook)
    June 8, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Such beautiful fresh flavours – and so healthy too!

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    Joanne
    June 9, 2011 at 7:15 am

    that whole salad looks delicious but truly it’s the vinaigrette that is making me swoon!

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    thehealthyapron
    June 9, 2011 at 10:54 am

    I made a similar salad with a different kind of dressing on my blog today! I LOVE love love strawberries in my salads in the summertime! SO refreshing!

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    Carrie
    June 9, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    What a beautiful salad, and I love the idea of that coconut lime vinaigrette. I never thought to use coconut oil in a vinaigrette before. What a good idea!

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    June 10, 2011 at 3:11 am

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