Strawberry~Chèvre Arugula Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

One of spring’s greatest joy is the arrival of local strawberries.  Plump, ruby red and oh-so-sweet, they are worth waiting for all year!  One bite and you know this is how strawberries were made to taste!  After eating my fill of luscious berries one-by-one from their slender stems, the windfall of sweet juicy berries begged to be showcased in a recipe where their sweetness could be enjoyed simply.

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I decided on a big layered  salad.  I like to make salads in shallow and wide vessels so the toppings are spread across the whole salad.  Arugula is one of my favorite salad greens but you could substitute spinach or field greens.  I added mint from the garden for a burst of spicyness while creamy goat cheese and toasted pecans introduced some protein and texture.  The dressing is light and citrusy, perfect to highlight the sweetness of the strawberries with the added nice crunch of poppy seeds.  A bright and fresh salad to herald in strawberry season!

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Top the arugula with the strawberry halves.

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Season the strawberries with freshly ground pepper. Layer on the mint, onion slices and chèvre.

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Top with the toasted pecans right before tossing with the dressing.

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STRAWBERRY~CHÈVRE ARUGULA SALAD with ORANGE POPPY SEED DRESSING

  • Servings: 4 to 6
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 9 cups of arugula
  • 1 cup of mint leaves
  • 2 cups of strawberries, hulled and sliced in half
  • 3 thin slices of red onion, the rings cut in half and separated into segments
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 2 onces of crumbled chèvre
  1. 2 oz of toasted pecan halves

Dressing:  (Adapted from Cooking Light)

1/2 cup orange juice, 1/4 cup honey, 1/4 cup of blood orange flavored olive oil (plain is fine), pinch of salt, 1 teaspoon poppy seeds.  In a blender or in a bowl using a whisk, emulsify all the ingredients except the poppy seeds.  Finish by adding the poppy seeds and mix once to distribute.

Assembly:

In a large shallow dish, place the arugula.  Top with the strawberries.  With a few grinds of the peppermill, season the strawberries.  Layer with, in this order, the mint, onion slices, goat cheese and pecans.  Toss with the dressing.  Enjoy the jewels of spring!

Still Life with Strawberries Pierre Auguste Renoir, 1914, Brooklyn Museum

Still Life with Strawberries Pierre Auguste Renoir, 1914, Brooklyn Museum

10 thoughts on “Strawberry~Chèvre Arugula Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

  1. OMG this is a beautiful salad. What beauties those little berries are on top of that green arugula. As a stylist I am also loving your napkin choice Johanne…it is lovely. I have been waiting for you to get some good berries to see what you would do with them and I am thrilled with this refreshing idea.

    • Thank you Teresa! I have been waiting a ling time for those local berries. Your season is so far ahead of PA. My all time favorite berries are those tiny fraises des bois you can find in France and Italy. Nothing like them but I think your TN berries are the closest thing to them. I think this salad would be good with your delectable truck peaches too. I am really thrilled you noticed the napkin, quite a compliment coming from your great eye Teresa.

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    • Thank you Bernadette! Was speaking about you today. A friend who has always gone to Punta Cana vacationed in The Bahamas fora change and loved it!!! She may convince me to vacation with her next year so get ready!!! I might visit you!

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    • Thank you Nancy. I bet this would be good with peaches too which I am told are already in season in TN 🙂 I will be craving peaches now as my favorite Nashville bloggers start seducing us with recipes starring these beauties!!!

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