Strawberry Salad with Gorgonzola, Walnuts, and Mint

Feast your eyes on this stunning Strawberry Salad with Gorgonzola, Walnuts and Mint! It’s a party in your mouth! The perfect summer salad that will keep you coming back again and again.

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Feast your eyes on this stunning Strawberry Salad with Gorgonzola, Walnuts and Mint! It's a party in your mouth! The perfect summer salad that will keep you coming back again and again.

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I’ve eaten this strawberry salad with Gorgonzola, walnuts, and mint three out of five days this week for lunch and I’m still craving this amazing salad! I love when a salad has it all – something sweet, something crunchy, something savory, and it all ties together in the most delightful bite that you can imagine. This salad is IT.

I recreated this salad from a lunch that I recently attended as part of a California Strawberry Farm Fresh Tour. You might have seen some of the pics on Instagram. The day started early with Amy and I heading down to Watsonville first thing in the morning. We arrived and had a chance to meet the other tour attendees and then we all piled in a bus to head to a local strawberry farm.

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Let’s rewind. Can I tell you how excited I was to get invited to a strawberry farm? I mean, strawberries are my LIFE. I eat them all the time and love cooking and baking with them. They’re just so perfectly sweet and that bright red color is impossible to resist. Need proof? Just look at this salad!

Anyways, we headed to the farm where we met the grower, Miguel Ramos of Ramos Farms. Guys. I may or may not have secretly adopted him into my family. And it’s not just his strawberries! So sweet and funny – he instantly charmed each and every one of us on the tour. Patiently answered all of our questions – and we had MANY – and so generously allowed us to pick strawberries at will and gobble them down.

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The strawberries were UNREAL. Like, I live in California and hadn’t seen strawberries like this before. Huge, delicate, and perfectly sweet, I definitely had my fill. While I was navigating the fields and picking strawberries, Miguel taught us a lot about this marvelous fruit.

Did you know that 90% of United State’s strawberries are grown in California by 400 family farms creating 70,00 jobs and helping to sustain their communities? Impressive, I know. California Strawberry farmers grow both conventional and organic strawberries. An analysis from a toxicologist with the University of California’s Personal Chemical Exposure Program found that residues on strawberries are so low, if present at all, that a child could literally eat 1,508 servings of strawberries in a day and still not have any effects from residues.

Feast your eyes on this stunning Strawberry Salad with Gorgonzola, Walnuts and Mint! It's a party in your mouth! The perfect summer salad that will keep you coming back again and again.

I’ve always know that strawberries were good for me but honestly, I had no idea HOW good…

  • Research suggests that eating just 1 cup (#8aday) is good for the whole body, promoting heart health, diabetes management, supporting brain health, and reducing the risk of some cancers.
  • With year-round availability and a 12-month growing season, California strawberries are an easy way to pack a nutritional punch in your daily diet!
  • With more vitamin C than an orange and loaded with nutrients, California strawberries are a nutritious and versatile fruit to enjoy every day.
  • Strawberries are naturally sweet but low in sugar — only 7 grams and 45 calories per cup!

 

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(photo courtesy of Robert Durell Photography)

The tour wrapped up with a delicious strawberry-filled lunch at Ella’s at the Airport. Part of our lunch was this salad that I’ve recreated for you here today. It’s the mint that really makes this salad so unique and special. Strawberry + Mint + Gorgonzola = Happy Trish.

 

Feast your eyes on this stunning Strawberry Salad with Gorgonzola, Walnuts and Mint! It's a party in your mouth! The perfect summer salad that will keep you coming back again and again.

This salad will be the highlight of your meal – promise! It’s unbelievably delicious! Just add some grilled chicken for an entree salad any night of the week. Amy shared the main course Pan-Seared Halibut with Cauliflower Puree and Strawberry Salsa and trust me, she nailed it. Go check it out!

Tip: Use a strawberry huller to make quick work of hulling the strawberries. I use mine DAILY. Not kidding. This is the exact one I use and it’s amazing.

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Strawberry Salad with Gorgonzola, Walnuts, and Mint
 
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Feast your eyes on this stunning Strawberry Salad with Gorgonzola, Walnuts and Mint! It's a party in your mouth! The perfect summer salad that will keep you coming back again and again.
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Recipe type: Side dish
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 5 oz spring mix (I like the 50/50 mix with half spring mix and half spinach
  • 1 pint strawberries, washed, hulled, sliced
  • 1 cup walnut halves
  • 3 oz creamy Gorgonzola (look for the Gorgonzola that doesn't just crumble apart, you want the really creamy kind)
  • ½ cup mint chiffonade
Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. Place spring mix in a large bowl. Top with strawberries and walnuts.
  2. Sprinkle Gorgonzola and mint chiffonade over the top.
  3. For the dressing.
  4. Combine all ingredients in a glass jar with a lid.
  5. Place the lid on the jar and shake vigorously until the dressing has emulsified. It should look homogeneous in appearance.
  6. Serve salad with dressing on the side or drizzle over the top just before serving.
Notes
This salad can easily be turned into an entree salad with the addition of cubed chicken. Grilled or roasted is my favorite. Enjoy!

Feast your eyes on this stunning Strawberry Salad with Gorgonzola, Walnuts and Mint! It's a party in your mouth! The perfect summer salad that will keep you coming back again and again.

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Comments

  1. Such a great day – worth the 5 hour drive home. EEP. I may have nailed the main course, but you totally nailed that salad. Beautiful and so good! Strawberries for life.
    Amy @BellyFull recently posted..Pan-Seared Halibut with Cauliflower Puree and Strawberry Salsa

  2. Fantabulous salad you made! I went on the strawberry tour a couple of years ago and it was so inspirational. Farmers are wonderful. I was thinking of grilled salmon or poached salmon with this salad, too. Can’t go wrong.
    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious recently posted..Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2016 — the No-Guilt Edition

  3. I love this recipe. I can’t get enough strawberries in my life. We eat them daily because my daughter is such a huge strawberry fanatic. I love them in salads, she loves them in desserts. Ha.

    A farm tour sounds like so much fun. There is nothing like picking your own berries. I actually grew up with a strawberry patch in my backyard. My Dad was obsessed with them so we had our own. He always thought it wasn’t producing enough but that was because us kids would go out while he was at work and eat them all. Ha, happy memories. My poor Dad.

  4. Such a beautiful salad!! Loving these colors and flavors!!

  5. What a fabulous salad! I remember those strawberry fields from last year’s tour! They are some of the best strawberries I have ever had!!!

  6. This salad is so perfect for spring and I would love it for lunch even right now. I’m adding this to my salad ideas this week…I have so many berries to use up around there these days!!

  7. What a great looking salad. The combo of strawberry and gorgonzola is fantastic.

  8. This looks SO AMAZING. I could eat a vat of it.

  9. I love love love strawberries in salad. This looks wonderful!

  10. Sabrina says:

    Yum! I want some right now!

  11. Who needs dinner when you can just live off this killer salad?! Love!!

  12. I love strawberries in salads! The addition of mint sounds so good!
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  13. I visited a strawberry farm a couple of years ago and, seriously, there is nothing better than eating the fruit straight off of the plants. What a gorgeous salad this is – love this sweet/savory and the crunch of the nuts!
    Cookin Canuck recently posted..Herbed Pork Chops with Garlic Butter Recipe

  14. I love the tangy cheese, the sweet strawberries and the walnuts together; this salad is both a feast for my eyes and my mouth!

  15. Hi Trish, this salad is truly amazing!!

    We recently launched a recipe website inspired by Game of Thrones and we think that’s Ygritte’s salad : ))
    Would you agree? : ))

    http://na2na3.com/gameofthrones/recipe/192?food=summer-salad

  16. sabina Edwards says:

    I’m gonna have to look up the times when our berry barns are open for self picking

  17. Love this salad & your beautiful salad bowl! Could you tell me where I can get this bowl! Been looking for one like this. Thank you.

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