This salad is a great starter to any spring or summer time meal when strawberries are in season. The inspiration for this salad is the balsamic vinegar by Spicewood Food Company – Strawberry Infused Balsamic VinegarÂ which can be ordered on-line at Spicewood Food Company . Ingredient amounts will serve two. Adjust ingredient amounts to accommodate the number of people serving.
2 1/2 cups of mixed greens
1/4 cup of strawberries, cleaned, hulled and diced
2 tablespoon of crumbled feta cheese
2 tablespoon of pecan pieces toasted
3 tablespoons ofÂ Spicewood Food Company Strawberry Infused Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
Make dressing by slowly whisking olive oil into balsamic vinegar. Set aside. If you have time macerate strawberries with about 1 tablespoon of the wine you will be drinking. This is optional, but does make them taste great. Toast nuts in a small non-stick skillet over medium high heat for about 2 minutes. Stir often so they do not burn. Place greens in a large bowl and toss with about 3 tablespoons of the dressing until evenly coated. Add tossed greens to a salad bowl and top with strawberries, feta cheese and pecans.
For lunch, try an ice tea or for dinner try Woodrose Winery Texas RainÂ (Texas), which is a semi dry rosÃ© that has hints of strawberry flavors and is a perfect match. Or try Texas Hills Vineyard Rosato di SangioveseÂ (Texas) or Peju RosÃ© of SyrahÂ (Napa Valley). If you canâ€™t find the Texas wines suggested, they can be ordered on line at www.woodrosewinery.com and www.texashillsvineyard.com. You should be able to find Peju in most stores or order online at www.peju.com.