Strawberry and Candied Pecan Salad

This is one of my all time favorites. It is perfect for a light salad, but yet it’s packed with flavor. I do think the key is the candied pecan, but you can substitute any other candied nut.

Ingredients

6 cups cups of washed Rocket/Arugula
1 cup of sliced Strawberries
1/2 cup of Blueberries
1 cup of Candied Pecans of other suitable nut
1/4 cup of finely chopped Green Onion
1/2 cup of Crumbled Blue Cheese, omit if you are vegan or lactose intolerant 

Wash and thoroughly dry the greens. I find a salad spinner is perfect for this. Portion out the greens into the individual bowls and then add all other ingredients. Finish with a salad dressing of your choice, but a strawberry vinaigrette would be perfect.

Strawberry Vinaigrette

6 Tbsp of Pecan, Walnut Oil or other nut oil
3 Tbsp of Red Wine or Champagne Vinegar, more to taste if desired
2 Tbsp pureed Strawberries 
1-2 tsp Sea Salt

Add all ingredients into a bowl and add one half of the oil and then while whisking, add in the additional oil until emulsified.

Note: I always store my nut oils in the refrigerator. This has two benefits. One, it keeps the oil fresh and secondly, it makes the oil emulsify infinitely better.

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