Strawberry Feta Salad

I have been eating mason jar salads several times a week for about two months now and I have some “regulars” that I always throw into my meal rotation. I felt like I needed a new option for a spinach-based salad (my favorites) and I wanted to try to some feta cheese instead of my standard blue.

Strawberry

I decided to tackle making my own dressing for my new salad creation. This idea actually originated because I couldn’t find my favorite sweet balsamic dressing on my latest grocery store trip. I’ve never before attempted my own dressing because I figured it’d be labor intensive, expensive, and just downright difficult. Boy, was I completely wrong! I was shocked by how easy it was to throw together my very own strawberry red wine vinaigrette.

What you need:

For the dressing:
-1/8 cup red wine vinegar
-1/4 cup olive oil
-pinch of salt & pepper
-pinch of sugar
-3-4 strawberries

For the salad:
-Spinach (or mixed greens)
-Strawberries
-1/2 pear (diced)
-Unsalted almonds
-Walnuts (chopped)
-Feta cheese (crumbled)

What to do:

For the dressing:

  1. Mix the first 4 ingredients together.
  2. Add strawberries and crush with spoon (or mortar and pestle)
  3. Mix well.

For the salad:

Layer everything in a mason jar in this order: dressing, almonds, walnuts, feta, pears, strawberries, greens.

Shake and pour onto plate or eat directly from jar.

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The dressing turned out really well! It is not as sweet as what I am used to in a dressing, but umpteen times healthier. I am going to keep experimenting with dressings to see what other varieties I can whip up.